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WHO: Common Infections and Minor Injuries Would Kill Again in ‘Post-Antibiotic Era’

The World Health Organization says the world faces a huge public health threat as bacteria and viruses become increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs, putting people of any age in danger.

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Bachmann Politicizes Cervical Cancer

Doctors, public health officials and academics spoke out this week in support of the HPV vaccine after Michele Bachmann thoughtlessly railed against it. (more)

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Porn Industry Drags Its Feet on HIV Probe

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. porn industry attempted to block an investigation into the HIV infection of one of its actors, illustrating the dangers in an increasingly unregulated industry.

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AP / John Amis

Who’s Your Nanny?

The Obama administration is under attack for alleged nanny-state behavior—telling kids what to eat and how they should exercise. But where’s the critique of corporate intrusion into the personal lives of employees?

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Overstatement of the Porcine-tury

Remember the H1N1 panic that erupted only last year that sent public health bodies into a frenzy as we braced for worldwide catastrophe? Well, it turns out everything may have been a bit overstated, and that the credibility lost by health organizations could actually endanger lives.

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U.S. Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Rose in 2008

Blame it on the recession? Cigarette smoking among American adults had been on the decline for about 15 years, but in 2008 the smoking rate rose, bumping up slightly from 19.8 percent the previous year to just under 21 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The $380 Million Gorilla

With six lobbyists for every congressperson and $380 million spent on lobbying in recent months, the health care industry has pulled out all the stops in battling against any reform to the nation’s health insurance system, no matter how watered down it might be.

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Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

“While the top Bushies lunge about test-driving new wars…Congress just keeps right on cranking out those corporate goodies.”

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When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

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