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  1. If the doctor is listening, you have 11 seconds (July 23, 2018)
    U.S. study found that just 36% of doctors posed an open-ended question to get patients to talk.
  2. The birth of the Cuban polyclinic (June 28, 2018)
    During the 1960s, Cuban medicine experienced changes as tumultuous as the civil rights and antiwar protests in the United States. While activists, workers, and students in western Europe and the United States confronted existing institutions of capitalism and imperialism, Cuba faced the even greater challenge of building a new society.
  3. Gaza medic killed by Israel as she rescued injured (June 2, 2018)
    Israeli occupation forces shot dead a volunteer medic and injured dozens of people as they continued their indiscriminate attacks on Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in Gaza for the 10th consecutive Friday. Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21, was helping treat and evacuate wounded protesters east of Khan Younis when she was fatally shot on Friday evening. She was about 100 meters away from the boundary fence with Israel at the moment she was shot and was wearing clothing clearly identifying her as a medic.
  4. What your government can't tell you about drug prices (May 3, 2018)
    One of the best kept commercial secrets? The price governments pay for brand name drugs
  5. Gaza girl awaiting surgery reunited with her mother in West Bank (March 1, 2018)
    After getting an Israeli-issued medical permit, Inam al-Attar traveled without her parents from Gaza Strip to West Bank.
  6. Kenya's 'Erin Brockovich' defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts (February 14, 2018)
    Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents - including her own son.
  7. '54 Palestinians die' as Israel refuses medical permits (February 13, 2018)
    According to Rights groups, Israel is responsible for 54 deaths in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2017 due to a lack of medical permits.
  8. In Sweeping War on Obesity,Chile Slays Tony the Tiger (February 7, 2018)
    The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people.
  9. How Big Pharma Infiltrated the Boston Museum of Science (January 17, 2018)
    Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, that millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix says Pharma and its operatives.
  10. Drinking Poblems (2018)
    A look at the health crisis in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, where Nitrate from farms has polluted the water supply for three decades. Elizabeth Royte takes a look at the town's history and social climate in order to understand why the problem was left for so long.
  11. American Teaching Hospitals: Where Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia Happen (October 18, 2017)
    Before undergoing a liver biopsy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I asked my surgeon's nurse whether I was to be catheterized for the procedure. In response to this perfectly legitimate question the knave sardonically replied: "I'm really not supposed to say this, but what difference does it make? You're going to be under general anesthesia."
  12. Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
    News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the website.
  13. Biological Warfare: US & Saudis Use Cholera to Kill Yemenis (August 1, 2017)
    The US has supported Saudi Arabia and its allies in their aggression against Yemen, committing daily war crimes involving civilians, who are now suffering a cholera epidemic with more than 400,000 victims.
  14. The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs from the Inside (July 19, 2017)
    When a comprehensive evaluation of GMOs and the weaknesses of scientific risk assessment within the biotech industry is urgently needed, the chemical and biotech industries are forcing risk assessment in the opposite direction.
  15. Gaza power cuts: When fuel runs out, 'babies will die' (June 1, 2017)
    Gaza's doctors fear inevitable patient deaths if fuel reserves are depleted by end of June.
  16. After Middle Eastern Wars End, the Medical Wars Begin (May 17, 2017)
    What are the wars doing to the health care infrastructure?
  17. Anti-Vax Propaganda Helps Measles -- Once Eradicated -- Spread Across the Twin Cities (May 8, 2017)
    The anti-vaxxer misinformation campaign has led to yet another outbreak of a preventable disease. Minnesota's Department of Health has announced that 44 people in the state have been diagnosed with measles, a disease once eradicated in the United States. Forty-two of the cases are in children, most of them Somali-Americans who were never vaccinated. According to numerous sources, the outbreak is the result of a sustained anti-vaccination campaign.
  18. Pharma Funded "Patient" Groups Keep Drug Prices Astronomical (March 6, 2017)
  19. Humans and Subhumans: Weill Cornell and the Death of the American Soul (February 27, 2017)
    All patients that walk through the door of Weill Cornell are put into two categories: the humans, who are deemed by Cornell to have "good insurance," and the subhumans, who are deemed by Cornell to have "bad insurance." If you fall into the category of the former, they will generally make a grudging effort to provide you with good care. If you fall into the category of the later, they will literally bend over backwards to see to it that you are provided with truly awful and atrocious care.
  20. Killing 'Schizophrenics': Contemporary U.S. Psychiatry Versus Nazi Psychiatry (February 1, 2017)
    In the United States in the earlier part of the twentieth century, there was widespread compulsory sterilization of those diagnosed with serious mental illness; and from the 1970s through the early 1990s, dehumanizing experiments that ignored the Nuremberg Code of research ethics were administered on this population by prominent American psychiatrists.
  21. Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx (January 30, 2017)
    Debunking the claims of industrial poultry producers that multiple outbreaks of bird flu are due to wild waterfowl, instead providing evidence that industrial farming practices are responsible for the outbreak.
  22. Ontario health-care reform and Community Health Centres (January 7, 2017)
    We already have a working model of primary care that targets these populations and that is very good at dealing with complex needs and providing holistic care. Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been in existence for decades all over Canada, providing care to communities that are not well served by other models of primary care.
  23. Ontario's health workers call for improved sick leave policies (2017)
  24. Where Health Care Won't Go (2017)
    A look at the outbreak of tubercolosis in Alabama, where a significant proportion of the population lacks proper health care. While State reaction was swift the lack of attention to some communities persists, as do the conditions for outbreaks to reoccur.
  25. The Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki (December 17, 2016)
    Details the circumstances of the death of Tobeka Daki of South Africa, implicating the exorbitant drug prices of pharmaceutical corporations.
  26. The doctor who is besting big tobacco (August 1, 2016)
    When Dr Bronwyn King discovered her pension fund was investing in the cigarette companies that were killing her cancer patients, she was staggered. And she knew she had to act
  27. Gilead Avoided $10 Billion In Taxes On Over Priced Hepatitis C Drugs (July 13, 2016)
    A new drug called Sovaldi, intended to treat Hepatitis C, is incredibly unaffordable and inaccessible for Americans.
  28. The Wages of Neoliberalism (June 7, 2016)
    Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now Greece in search of a better life. A research team from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York estimates 875,000 deaths in the United States in year 2000 could be attributed to social factors related to poverty and income inequality.
  29. Recession led to 260k extra cancer deaths, experts claim (May 27, 2016)
    Unemployment and austerity were associated with more than 260,000 extra deaths of cancer patients in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), a study has shown. Those countries with universal health coverage , such as the UK, and a record of increased public health spending had fewer casualties.
  30. Workers' Memorial Day: North Dakota deadliest state in US (April 28, 2016)
    Tyler Erickson was a floor hand with Heller Casing in Williston, North Dakota, from 2012 until 2014. He specialised in maintaining the casing, which would be lowered into drill holes in what back then were the state’s booming oil fields. Accidents, he says, were a regular occurrence.
  31. The Precautionary Principle: the basis of a post-GMO ethic (April 18, 2016)
    GMOs have been in our diets for about 20 years. Proof that they are safe? No way - it took much, much longer to discover the dangers of cigarettes and transfats, dangers that are far more visible than those of GMOs. On the scale of nature and ecology, 20 years is a pitifully short time. To sustain our human future, we have to think long term.
  32. Integrating cannabis into clinical cancer care (March 16, 2016)
    Literature review of contemporary (2016) understanding of the efficacy of cannabis and cannabis derived drugs in treating cancer symptoms.
  33. What is Meant by 'Single-Payer' in the Current Discussion of Health Care Reforms During the Primaries? (March 10, 2016)
    Single-payer means that most of the funds used to pay for medical care are public, that is, they are paid with taxes. The government, through a public authority, is the most important payer for medical care services and uses this power to influence the organization of health care. The overwhelming majority of developed countries have one form or another of a single-payer system.
  34. Pharma Greed Run Amuk (February 11, 2016)
    Congress, especially its GOP members, created the Martin monster. Martin Shkreli is only one of the monsters the GOP Congress has created. Probably our best hope is that one or many, like Shkreli, will overreach in an outrageous greed that our government has condoned for decades. Like errant spoiled children, pharmaceuticals (Pharma) have run roughshod over an obliging Congress and a consuming public since politicians -- in effect -- gave them license to steal.
  35. Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster (February 1, 2016)
    In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of human embryos? The answer may lie in a sequence of 'jumping DNA' used to engineer the virus's mosquito vector - and released into the wild four years ago in the precise area of Brazil where the microcephaly crisis is most acute.
  36. State of emergency in US city after water poisoned (January 7, 2016)
    Flint has faced a lead-saturated drinking water disaster affecting almost 100,000 residents over the past 18 months.
  37. Poisoning the Well (December 16, 2015)
    Lori Cervera had always been an active person. She liked camping, playing outdoors with her kids, and practically lived in her running shoes. She didn’t have much patience for illness. So when she developed a dull ache on her right side in May 2014, Cervera took a few Tylenol and did her best to ignore it. But after a few days in which the pain grew sharper and more intense, she went to the hospital, where a CT scan revealed a mass. To her complete surprise, Cervera, a mother of four and grandmother of two who was 46 at the time, was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney cancer. That July she underwent surgery to remove both the tumor and almost half her right kidney.
  38. The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Implications for Canadian Public Health (December 14, 2015)
  39. Health for All Welcomes Liberal Plan to Reinstate Refugee Health Care (November 8, 2015)
    Health for All applauds the new federal government's pledge to fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in response to years of public pressure. We look forward to a quick reinstatement of the original program, and hope it is a first step towards providing health coverage for everyone who is uninsured in Canada.
  40. How Class Kills (November 8, 2015)
    A recent study showing rising mortality rates among middle-aged whites drives home the lethality of class inequality.
  41. TPP: Big Pharma's Big Deal (October 7, 2015)
    We still don't know all the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal tentatively agreed to on Oct. 5 by negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries, but already critics are slamming it for many reasons, including its generous concessions to the pharmaceutical industry.
  42. TPP is "Worst Trade Agreement" for Medicine Access, Says Doctors Without Borders (October 7, 2015)
    The TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] will…go down in history as the worst trade agreement for access to medicines in developing countries, said Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a statement following the signing of the TPP trade deal.
  43. Single-Payer Health Care and the Case Against Clicktivism (September 30, 2015)
    What’s the next step in the campaign for single-payer universal health care in the United States? Single Payer Now's Don Bechler says we have to hit the streets.
  44. The Devil Is In the Details: How Patients' Mental Health Data Is At Risk (August 21, 2015)
    It seems like "Patient doctor confidentiality" doesn’t apply to other doctors. Overly diligent doctors are free to snoop around in the psychiatric medical records of their patients. As if that weren't bad enough, non-psychiatric doctors can highlight this psychiatric history on their patient's medical records. For Julia, doctors will only ever know her as the "woman with bipolar disorder". Not the "mother with a master’s degree".
  45. Canada's top medical journal says Harper is undermining public health care (August 19, 2015)
    The current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal features an editorial written by Deputy Editor Dr. Matthew Stanbrook slamming the Harper Conservatives for weakening public health care in Canada. "For much of the last decade, Canadian federal health policy has been conspicuous by its absence," Stanbrook says, adding "in recent years, the federal government has neglected [its health care] responsibilities, even when courts have ordered them to do otherwise." The Conservatives are undermining and under-funding Canada's public healthcare system, spurning collaboration with the provinces and essentially removing the federal government from the health care business, Stanbrook suggests.
  46. Why the federal government must lead in health care (August 17, 2015)
    For much of the last decade, Canadian federal health policy has been conspicuous by its absence. During that time, the federal government has walked away from collaborating with the provinces through the Council of the Federation and declined to renew the First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care; dithered on public health measures of glaringly obvious benefit, such as tobacco control and asbestos elimination; ignored and disbanded expert advisory panels on health issues; weakened the authority of the public health agency; muzzled scientists; eliminated the long form census, the best source of information on regional disparities relevant to health; and eroded research support, while increasingly tying what remains to business interests rather than health benefits.
  47. What We Don't Know Will Hurt Us: Ignorance In The Information Age (August 13, 2015)
    The war on knowledge is a war on the health of Canadians. We need a government that will embrace the information age and use evidence to improve our lives. We need a government that has the health of Canadians as its greatest priority. Ten years in, it’s clear that that government is not Stephen Harper’s.
  48. Medical Privacy Under Threat in the Age of Big Data (August 6, 2015)
    Medical privacy is a high-stakes game, in both human and financial terms, given the growing multibillion-dollar legal market for anonymized medical data. The threats to individuals seeking to protect their medical data can come externally, from data breaches; internally, from "rogue employees" and others with access; or through loopholes in regulations.
  49. Restrict antibiotics to medical use, or they will soon become ineffective (April 6, 2015)
    Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives since they came into use in the 1930s, but their power is running dry thanks to their massive use in factory farming, horticulture, aquaculture and industry.
  50. Health Care and Immigration Policies that Kill (March 17, 2015)
    Cuts to Canada's Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), severely curtail access to health-care services for refugee claimants and refugees. Many beneficiaries and practitioners were already critical of the original IFHP because it provided inconsistent access to health care and many services were not covered. The situation only worsened after the cuts.
  51. What austerity has done to Greek healthcare (January 26, 2015)
    The shocking 'austerity'-imposed destruction of Greece's once proud healthcare system is a key reason Greeks have turned to Syriza, finds London GP Louise Irvine in an eye witness account.
  52. IMF policies contributed to the Ebola outbreak, weak response to it (December 26, 2014)
    Policies advocated by the IMF have contributed to underfunded, insufficiently staffed, and poorly prepared health systems in the countries with Ebola outbreaks.
  53. Asbestos revealed as Canada's top cause of workplace death (December 15, 2014)
    Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada. Since 1996, almost 5,000 approved death claims stem from asbestos exposure, making it by far the top source of workplace death in Canada.
  54. Cuba leads fight against Ebola in Africa as west frets about border security (October 12, 2014)
    The island nation has sent hundreds of health workers to help control the deadly infection while richer countries worry about their security – instead of heeding UN warnings that vastly increased resources are urgently needed.
  55. Film Review: Revolutionary Medicine - A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital (September 13, 2014)
    A review of the provocative documentary Revolutionary Medicine, which tells the story of the first Garifuna hospital, in Honduras.
  56. Police want right to see medical records without consent (August 10, 2014)
    Police want new and expanded rights to access medical records and other confidential data without an individual's consent.
  57. Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army (August 7, 2014)
    An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area.
  58. Moral bankruptcy of capitalism': UK's top public doctor shames western society over Ebola (August 3, 2014)
    Western countries should tackle drugs firms' "scandalous" reluctance to invest in research into the virus which has already killed over 700 people in West Africa, the UK's top public doctor said, adding, “They'd find a cure if Ebola came to London.”
  59. Journalists and civil society must join forces to engage the public with health news (July 15, 2014)
    A call for journalists to reach out to a broader audience and "team up" with civil society in orer to force attention onto topics that matter. "Exploring ideas that move the audience to think and act."
  60. Psychiatry's Manufacture of Consent (May 14, 2014)
    Starting in the 1990s — despite research findings that levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin were unrelated to depression — Americans began to be exposed to highly effective television commercials for antidepressants that portrayed depression as caused by a “chemical imbalance” of low levels of serotonin and which could be treated with “chemically balancing” antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
  61. Glyphosate is a disaster for human health (April 30, 2014)
    Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased.
  62. BP oil spill: Concerns for long-term health of workers 4 years later (April 11, 2014)
    33,000 involved in study examining oil spill related health effects.
  63. What the Tamiflu Saga tells us about Drug Trials and Big Pharma (April 10, 2014)
    We now know the government's Tamiflu stockpile wouldn't have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there's a lot we don't know about other medicines we take, says Ben Goldacre.
  64. Fill the gap: Ontario should insure injured migrant workers (April 8, 2014)
    We want to sound the alarm over the unjust federal and provincial immigration and health policies that are based on the exploitation of human labour and xenophobia. Migrants increasingly enter Canada to work under temporary foreign worker programs through which they are denied equitable access to services while still being required to pay taxes.
  65. How Big Tobacco's lobbyists get what they want from the media (March 17, 2014)
    With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies' case without revealing who their paymasters are.
  66. GMOs show 'substantial non-equivalence' (March 4, 2014)
    New studies document substantial differences of GM maize and GM soybean from their non-GM counterparts, writes Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji - exposing a permissive regulatory regime that has failed miserably in protecting public health and safety.
  67. The chemical dangers in food packaging (March 1, 2014)
    The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned.
  68. Black Sites across America (February 4, 2014)
    There are 2.3 million people in US prisons in conditions that are often inhumane and at worst life threatening. The most striking aspect of this scene is the lack of decent medical care for prisoners, whether in solitary confinement or in the general prison population.
  69. Oil field fumes so painful, Alberta families forced to move (January 27, 2014)
    Severe headaches, dizziness, rashes and loss of memory: all symptoms reported to a new hearing examining health effects of Alberta's rapidly expanding heavy oil industry.
  70. NHS Patient Data to be Made Available for Sale to Drug and Insurance Firms (January 19, 2014)
    Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients once a single English database of medical data has been created. Privacy experts warn there will be no way for public to work out who has their medical records or how they are using it.
  71. Undocumented Labour (January 7, 2014)
    Pregnant refugee and non-status women are facing growing difficulties in accessing pre & post-natal care. Some doula's in Montreal are helping to fix that situation.
  72. Undocumented Labour: Changes to refugee health care put women and babies at risk (January 7, 2014)
    Pregnant refugee and non-status women are facing growing difficulties in accessing pre & post-natal care. Some doula's in Montreal are helping to fix that situation.
  73. Ontario's Announcement to Fill the Refugee Health Gap a Win for Migrant Communities (December 10, 2013)
    Health for All welcomes yesterday's announcement that Ontario will join Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Quebec in filling the gap left by federal cuts to refugee health care and send the federal government the bill.
  74. New York Times, Obamacare and the war on the elderly (December 3, 2013)
    “On Dying After Your Time” by Daniel Callahan advances the notion that the burning issue vexing the US health care system is that people are living too long. The cost of keeping them alive, Callahan argues, is threatening a social catastrophe.
  75. Climate Change as a Class Issue (November 18, 2013)
    Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradation.
  76. Cancer is Capitalist Violence (November 15, 2013)
    It’s been two decades since the publication of Martha Balsham’s landmark study, “Cancer in the Community: Class and Medical Authority (1993).” Balshem, a hospital-based anthropologist, documented how a Philadelphia “lay community” rejected medical advice to stop smoking, eat fruits and vegetables and schedule regular screening tests. The working class community of Tannerstown (a pseudonym) instead blamed air pollution from highway traffic and nearby chemical plants, as well as fate, for their cancers.
  77. Narcs Versus Big Pharma (November 15, 2013)
    Communities in the heartland of America are fighting an epidemic of methamphetamine labs.
    The driving force behind the scourge? Big Pharma.
  78. Canada's Austerity Agenda: It's About the Taxes (November 12, 2013)
    Austerity policies pose major threats to the public's health. Ronald Labonté argues that the austerity agenda in Canada stems not from a crisis in finances, but from a crisis in fair taxation.
  79. Job makes us sick (November 1, 2013)
    Corporations blame individual workers for their own state of health, which in reality is adversely impacted by unsafe work conditions individual workers have little or no control over. When management puts austerity and cost-cutting ahead of well-being, individual human beings pay the price.
  80. The Drug Companies' Expansion Into Emerging Markets (October 18, 2013)
    Faced with declining prescription drug sales in the U.S., and having lost patent protection for many profitable drugs, the drug industry is relying increasingly in new markets such as China and other fast developing countries, such as those in Africa. That expansion, however, is oftentimes tainted by unsavory commercial practices.
  81. 122 Nurses Replaced by Care Aides in Victoria (October 8, 2013)
    BCNU President Debra McPherson says patient care will suffer
  82. Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists (August 29, 2013)
    People who are poor expand so much mental energy on the immediate problem of paying bills or cutting costs that they are left with less capacity to deal with other complex but important problems.
  83. Nurses condemn wheelchair fees (June 7, 2013)
    Nurses are condemning plans by the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities to charge their nursing home residents $25 a month to use a wheelchair.
  84. Gene wars: the last-ditch battle over who owns the rights to our DNA (April 21, 2013)
    A US biotech company is fighting to protect the patents it took out on a test for a cancer-causing gene. Scientists say a win for the firm would set back a growing ability to detect diseases.
  85. Colombian Workers Injured and Fired (March 1, 2013)
    The General Motors subsidiary in Colombia, Colmotores, fired over 200 workers who were injured on the job, ranging from spinal fractures to cancer.
  86. Held hostage by Big Pharma: a personal experience (2013)
    Mike Marqusee looks at how drug firms can make huge profits from their state-enforced monopoly on an essential good.
  87. Researchers find link between aircraft noise and heart disease (2013)
    Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, two studies find. Researchers found increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease for both hospital admissions and mortality, especially among the 2% of the study population exposed to the highest levels of daytime and night time aircraft noise.
  88. Pfizer's Elixir of Youth? (December 7, 2012)
    It was a great moment in Pharma funded physician “education.” At a symposium at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2010 meeting called “Mood, Memory and Myths: What Really Happens at Menopause,” two Wyeth/Pfizer funded speakers tried to resurrect the benefits of cancer-linked hormone therapy. But the mostly-female audience was having none of it: what can we do about our “tamoxifen brain” from the cancer we already have, they wanted to know.
  89. How 7 Historic Figures Overcame Depression Without Doctors (November 30, 2012)
    While Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway received extensive medical treatment for depression but tragically committed suicide, other famously depressed people — including Abraham Lincoln, William James, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kafka, and the Buddha — took different paths.
  90. The Drug Store in American Meat (November 28, 2012)
    Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate and the names are certainly not on meat labels. But those synthetic growth hormones are central to U.S. meat production, especially beef, and the reason Europe has banned a lot of U.S. meat since 1989.
  91. Withdraw coercive flu shot policy: nurses (November 14, 2012)
    The BC Nurses' Union is demanding BC health employers immediately withdraw their punitive policy on flu shots for healthcare workers, in light of scientific reviews questioning the credibility of the studies they're using to justify it.
  92. Some pumpkin recipes (November 4, 2012)
    What is really unfortunate about the tradition of pumpkin carving is the waste of food as the vast majority of these pumpkins are destined for destruction. Pumpkin is a highly nutritious vegetable. The seeds and the flesh are packed with vitamins and nutrients. There are wonderful pumpkin recipes around and pumpkin actually is very tasty.
  93. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory (November 2, 2012)
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
  94. Bad Pharma, Bad Journalism (October 23, 2012)
    ‘The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal’, from Ben Goldacre's new book, Bad Pharma presents a disturbing picture emerges of corporate drug abuse.
  95. Trying to change the world? (July 23, 2012)
    Getting your story across is an uphill battle when you’re challenging the status quo.
    SOURCES can help you get your message out.
  96. National Day of Action against cuts to refugee health care (June 18, 2012)
    On June 30, 2102, refugees will face drastic cuts to their health insurance. Risking the lives of Canada's most vulnerable is unacceptable. There will be a National Day of Action June 18 in cities across Canada. Join us in protesting these cuts.
  97. Medicare Myths and Realities (May 1, 2012)
    Since medicare is an extremely popular social program, the media and right-wing politicians have learned that it is unwise to attack it directly. Instead, they propagate myths designed to undermine public support for, and confidence in, the health care system, with the goal of gradually undermining and dismantling it.
  98. Indonesia's Smoking Epidemic (March 30, 2012)
    Cigarettes are a rite of passage for boys in Indonesia, where 70% of the adult male population smokes. Activists and health care professionals are advocating for age restrictions on tobacco products and a ban on tobacco advertisements.
  99. One latrine at a time (February 24, 2012)
    Diarrhoea kills more children than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined – and its main cause is food and water contaminated with human waste. Liberia's president is trying to change all that. Building latrines must be a key priority to promote health and sanitation.
  100. Independent Review of Exposure of Workers to Alpha Radiation at Bruce Power Reactor Released (October 26, 2011)
    The independent review by the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada of exposure of workers to alpha radiation at Bruce A Restart, Reactor Unit 1 has been completed and released.
  101. See the Ability: National Down Syndrome Awareness Week is November 1-7, 2011 (October 25, 2011)
    The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is proud to announce National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW), November 1-7, 2011. National Down Syndrome Awareness Week celebrates the lives of Canadians with Down syndrome.
  102. "Business Leaders Shaping the Future of Health and Safety in BC" Conference (October 24, 2011)
    CEOs and senior executives will discuss and agree upon BC’s first Health and Safety Charter pledging their commitment to improving health and safety in their own companies and lead by example.
  103. "Radon Daughter Exposure in Mines- The Risks and the Regulatory Requirements" (October 21, 2011)
    Presentation to Mining Legislation Review Committee, Sudbury
  104. ER certainties: death and co-pays (September 1, 2011)
    Our society has made choices that dehumanize all of us. Dehumanization is felt inside and outside the shop floor. The HMO's bottom line is not about how well the patient's illness is treated, but how to minimize costs. They remind us employees daily that we're a business. The corporate ethos is the survival of the business above all, over anyone else's survival.
  105. Pharmageddon: how the US got hooked on prescription drugs (June 17, 2011)
    An investigation into the underground trade of oxycodone, a widely abused prescription drug. Ninety-eight percent of prescriptions in the United States come from southern Florida, where doctors at "pill-mills" can see up to one hundred patients in a sitting.
  106. Traffic Noise Increases the Risk of Having a Stroke, Study Suggests (January 27, 2011)
    Exposure to noise from road traffic can increase the risk of stroke, particularly in those aged 65 years and over.
  107. New Student Journalism Award for Excellence in Lung Cancer Reporting (December 6, 2010)
    The Canadian Lung Association and Lung Cancer Canada, in partnership with the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), are launching the first Canadian Lung Cancer Student Journalism Award to recognize excellence in student reporting on lung cancer.
  108. Anavex appoints contract research organizations to initiate Phase I/IIa clinical programs, regulatory strategies in Alzheimer's disease (August 10, 2010)
    Anavex Life Sciences Corp signs a definitive master services agreement with Genesis BioPharma Group and ABX-CRO Advanced Pharmaceutical Services to begin clinical studies and regulatory filings for its lead compound for the treatment of Alzheimer#s.
  109. What Bhopal Started (June 15, 2010)
    Bhopal marked the horrific beginning of a new era. One that signalled the collapse of restraint on corporate power. The ongoing BP spill in the Mexican Gulf -- with estimates ranging from 30,000 to 80,000 barrels per day -- tops off a quarter of a century where corporations could (and have) done anything in the pursuit of profit, at any human cost.
  110. Join the SOURCES Affiliate Program (March 28, 2010)
    Benefit yourself and benefit your clients, associates, customers, members, readers, and visitors to your website by introducing them to SOURCES' powerful publicity and marketing tools.
  111. Sources Calendar (October 29, 2009)
    Listings of events of interest to journalists, editors, researchers, publishers and others working in the media and in publishing, covering Canadian and international events, press conferences, meetings, festivals and holidays, as well as award deadlines.
  112. 5 Things the Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Cannabis (September 23, 2009)
    Recent scientific reports suggest that pot doesn't destroy your brain, that it doesn't cause lung damage like tobacco -- but you won't hear it in the corporate media.
  113. The misbegotten 'war against cancer' (September 21, 2009)
  114. Meet the Real Death Panels (September 18, 2009)
    Harvard-based researchers found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.
  115. South Africa: Redouble Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality (September 10, 2009)
    Maternal health has been under the spotlight in South Africa after an analysis of maternal deaths was released in July showing an increase in the country's maternal mortality rate. Researchers found that nearly four out of every 10 deaths (38.4 percent) were avoidable. They identified non-attendance and delayed attendance as common problems, together with poor transport facilities, lack of health care facilities and lack of appropriately trained staff.
  116. Health Care Around the World (August 31, 2009)
    Overview of the various ways health services are provided around the world, as well as accompanying issues and challenges. Topics include health as a human right, universal health care, and primary health care.
  117. Israeli Doctors Collude in Torture (June 30, 2009)
    Israeli human rights groups charge that Israel's watchdog body on medical ethics has failed to investigate evidence that doctors working in detention facilities are turning a blind eye to cases of torture.
  118. Helping you reach the media (May 14, 2009)
    Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity like advertising. SOURCES makes it possible for organizations, institutions, companies, and individuals to reach the media effectively, consistently, and inexpensively. SOURCES has been helping organizations, companies, institutions, and individuals get media attention for over 30 years.
  119. Testimony of David U. Himmelstein, M.D. before the HELP Subcommittee (April 23, 2009)
    A single-payer reform would make care affordable through vast savings on bureaucracy and profits. As my colleagues and I have shown in research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, administration consumes 31 percent of health spending in the United States, nearly double what Canada spends. In other words, if we cut our bureaucratic costs to Canadian levels, we'd save nearly $400 billion annually - more than enough to cover the uninsured and to eliminate co-payments and deductibles for all Americans.
  120. Ottawa wanted U.S. to accept more lenient meat inspection regime (March 31, 2009)
    The Canadian government strongly opposed tougher U.S. rules to prevent listeria and lobbied the United States to accept Canada's more lenient standards.
  121. Noise Busters (March 1, 2009)
    Good neighbors keep their noise to themselves.
  122. Sources media training (2009)
    Media training to ensure that you are ready to handle media interviews. Topics include Message making, Staying newsworthy, Safe spokesperson techniques, Preparation and relaxation techniques, Media ethics and expectations. Simulations of all media venues including talk shows, double enders, stand-up interviews and scrums, print columnists, videographers, and editorial boards.
  123. Sources News Release Archive 2009 (2009)
    News releases from 2009.
  124. Sources Select Authors (2009)
    Authors available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
  125. Sources Select Speakers (2009)
    Speakers available to take media calls about their area of expertise, and available for speaking engagements.
  126. Sources Select Universities, Colleges, and Institutes (2009)
    Academic experts available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
  127. Wikipedia's article about Sources (2009)
  128. Sources Archived News Releases 1977 - 2008 (December 31, 2008)
    News releases from 2008 and before.
  129. Sources News Release Archive 2008 (2008)
    News releases from 2008.
  130. Sources News Release Archive early 2008 (2008)
  131. Sources (portal for journalists and writers) - Wikipedia article (2008)
    An information portal for journalists, freelance writers, editors, authors, and researchers, focusing especially on human sources: experts and spokespersons who are prepared to answer reporters' questions or make themselves available for on-air interviews.
  132. Sources Archived News Releases 2007 (December 31, 2007)
  133. Noise Pollution: A Modern Plague (2007)
    Environmental noise pollution, a form of air pollution, is a threat to health and well-being. It is more severe and widespread than ever before, and it will continue to increase in magnitude and severity because of population growth, urbanization, and the associated growth in the use of increasingly powerful, varied, and highly mobile sources of noise. It will also continue to grow because of sustained growth in highway, rail, and air traffic, which remain major sources of environmental noise. The potential health effects of noise pollution are numerous, pervasive, persistent, and medically and socially significant.
  134. Sources Archived News Releases 2006 (December 31, 2006)
  135. First Aid (2006)
    A practical manual presenting the specific knowledge, skills and practices that First Aiders should have to act safely and effectively when caring for people caught up in armed conflicts and other situations of violence, such as internal disturbances and tensions.
  136. Sources Archived News Releases 2005 (December 31, 2005)
  137. Disaster and Mental Health (2005)
    The continuing Israeli military occupation of Gaza is the cause of deep and widespread trauma for Palestinian children and adults.
  138. Health Disparities By Race And Class: Why Both Matter (2005)
    This essay examines three competing causal interpretations of racial disparities in health. The first approach views race as a biologically meaningful category and racial disparities in health as reflecting inherited susceptibility to disease. The second approach treats race as a proxy for class and views socioeconomic stratification as the real culprit behind racial disparities. The third approach treats race as neither a biological category nor a proxy for class, but as a distinct construct, akin to caste. The essay points to historical, political, and ideological obstacles that have hindered the analysis of race and class as codeterminants of disparities in health.
  139. Sources Archived News Releases 2004 (December 31, 2004)
  140. The Truth About the Drug Companies (2004)
    The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion) [in 2002]. Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way.
  141. Sources Archived News Releases 2003 (December 31, 2003)
  142. Sources Archived News Releases 1979 - 2002 (December 31, 2002)
  143. Medicine Wars Will Alternative and Mainstream Medicine Ever Be Friends (2001)
    In the wake of dozens of new and complementary medicines flooding both the marketplace and some hospitals, which path will medicine take?
  144. Abandoning the Public Interest (October 7, 2000)
    The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization.
  145. MUZAK: Music to Whose Ears? (December 14, 1998)
    For many people background music, or "muzak" as it is commonly known, is both irritating and frustrating. For the UK's 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people background muzak often causes pain, discomfort and unnecessary distress.
  146. 10 Health Care Myths - Chinese Text (September 17, 1995)
  147. Adverse Health Effects of Noise (1995)
    The effects of noise are widespread and impose long-term consequences on health.
  148. Community Noise (1995)
    Critically reviews the adverse effects of community noise, including interference with communication, noise-induced hearing loss, annoyance responses, and effects on sleep, the cardiovascular and psychophysiological systems, performance, productivity, and social behaviour.
  149. Sources Archived News Releases - Pre 1979 (December 31, 1979)
  150. Noise, Sovereignty, and Civility
    Noise is caused by people and businesses claiming rights, usually property rights, to emit noise into the air, and by people who do not possess the civility to be good neighbors. While its effects are an environmental health issue, its causes are tied to the issues of sovereignty (who owns the air?) and civility (how should we treat our neighbors?).

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