- Lockdowns, curfews. Troops on the streets. Governments handing out free cash. This utter madness was entirely avoidable (March 20, 2020)
What happens when governments confuse worst-case scenarios with reality? They transform a health crisis into a social crisis and an economic tsunami, with consequences more severe than the virus could produce in the first place.
- Biggest threat Covid-19 epidemic poses is not our regression to survivalist violence, but Barbarism with human face (March 19, 2020)
The impossible has happened and the world we knew has stopped turning around. But what world order will emerge after the coronavirus pandemic is over socialism for the rich, disaster capitalism or something completely new?
- Morality in an Amoral World (March 19, 2020)
A crisis is a mirror. It shows us - if we have the courage to see - who we are as individuals and as a society. The self-congratulatory poses of governments, politicians, and state institutions are confronted with the harsh test of reality. Each of us - as individuals, friends, families, neighbours, communities - face new and sometimes difficult challenges. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is such a crisis.
- The Only Treatment for Coronavirus Is Solidarity (March 13, 2020)
We live in an interwoven, interconnected world where an injury to one is truly an injury to all. We must confront the coronavirus with solidarity and fight for a society where the health of all is more important than profits for a few.
- Capitalism is an Incubator for Pandemics: Socialism is the Solution (March 12, 2020)
Coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the world. Capitalism cannot adequately respond to a global health crisis. That's why we need socialism.
- Capitalist agriculture and Covid-19: A deadly combination (March 11, 2020)
The real danger of each new outbreak is the failure -- or better put -- the expedient refusal to grasp that each new Covid-19 is no isolated incident. The increased occurrence of viruses is closely linked to food production and the profitability of multinational corporations. Anyone who aims to understand why viruses are becoming more dangerous must investigate the industrial model of agriculture and, more specifically, livestock production. At present, few governments, and few scientists, are prepared to do so. Quite the contrary.
- Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little) (March 10, 2020)
Unfortunately, because this is the corporate-controlled, understaffed, underexperienced news media were talking about, much of that coverage has been incomplete, misleading or sometimes just plain wrong.
- Time to Stop Pretending People With Serious Psychosis Can be "Independent" (March 10, 2020)
- Harvesting the Blood of America's Poor: The Latest Stage of Capitalism (December 3, 2019)
In todays wretched economy, where around 130 million Americans admit an inability to pay for basic needs like food, housing or healthcare, buying and selling blood is of the few booming industries America has left.
- A health care algorithm affecting millions is biased against black patients (October 24, 2019)
A health care algorithm makes black patients substantially less likely than their white counterparts to receive important medical treatment. The major flaw, which affects millions of patients, was revealed in research published in the journal Science.
- The PR Campaign to Hide the Real Cause of those Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills (October 18, 2019)
Since 2010, an increasing number of hospitals have outsourced their emergency rooms, radiology, anesthesiology, and other specialized services to physician staffing firms. Patients who need these critical services may inadvertently receive care from a doctor outside of their insurance network and find that they owe thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in surprise medical bills.
- Lyme Disease and Biowarfare (August 14, 2019)
Historical look at the connection between Lyme disease and US government-produced bioweapons by a journalist who has been researching it for decades.
- Is the Pentagon Behind the Rise in Lyme Disease? (August 6, 2019)
A conversation with Kris Newby author of Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons.
- How Slick Consulting Firms Get Us on Drugs (August 1, 2019)
A look at some of the techniques drug companies use to get doctors to prescribe their products.
- Why Aren't the Democrats Talking About Ending Patent Financed Drug Research? (July 9, 2019)
Presenting a case for replacing government-granted patent monopoly financing of pharmaceutical research to make drugs available at free market prices.
- How Capitalist Globalization Forecloses on Health Systems (June 28, 2019)
Discussion of the multi-author collection "Health Care under the Knife." The book criticizes many aspects of medicine under capitalism but falls short of promoting radical alternatives.
- Bolivia's universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN (May 24, 2019)
Bolivia has implemented universal healthcare to provide free care to its poorest citizens. Although controversial with the country's doctors the program is lauded by the UN.
- Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment (May 17, 2019)
A review of two books that discuss Lyme disease's origin in government experiments with germ warfare.
- A Lethal Industrial Farm Fungus is Spreading Among Us (April 26, 2019)
Agricultural fungicides are creating strains of drug-resistant fungi.
- Don't Believe the Hype: Paying for Medicare for All Is Simple (March 31, 2019)
Debunking recent arguments that Medicare for All will require reducing spending in other areas.
- Shout out for peace and quiet (March 7, 2019)
Noise is a cause of stress with physical and psychological effects on people and also harms the environment. Noise reductions needs to be made part of solutions such as industry standards and urban planning.
- The U.S. is funding dangerous experiments it doesnt want you to know about (February 27, 2019)
The US government is funding research into making bird flu virus highly contagious without publicly disclosing it. A number of scientists are opposed to the secrecy behind these experiments and even question their value.
- Air pollution now 'largest health crisis' (November 23, 2018)
The WHO estimates that seven million premature deaths are linked to air pollution every year, of which nearly 600,000 are children who are uniquely vulnerable.
- 'This is murder': French islanders want Paris to own up to poisoning their land with pesticide (October 9, 2018)
The French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean want France to take responsibility for polluting their land with a toxic pesticide. This article looks at the effects of Kepone, also called chlordecone, on the people of the islands, who now suffer from alarmingly high cancer rates and fertility problems.
- Miriam Garfinkle 1954 - 2018 (September 16, 2018)
Obituary for Miriam Garfinkle, who died on September 15, 2018.
- Open Letter: Health Care Providers Support OPS and SCS (September 5, 2018)
An open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliot regarding the Ontario Government's recent hold on approvals for new overdose prevention sites (OPS). The letter is signed by over 800 physicians and medical personnel.
- Wellness Cures (September 1, 2018)
The Deaf regularly move through the medical system without agency or dignity -- not because they cannot hear but because they are not given the opportunity to communicate. The onus for change is put on the Deaf themselves, often in terms of changing their own bodies to accommodate the hearing majority. What if, instead, the Deaf were consulted about what changes they would like, or how they would like for them to happen? What if they were invited to take part in shaping the next generation of doctors?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Single Payer: What Will It Take to Pass It? (March 1, 2018)
Single payer healthcare needs to be implemented in a universal, sweeping move. Incremental changes will only impede progress.
- 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.
- '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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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 Sources.com website.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dying at home: What I learned from my husbands death (May 31, 2017)
A physician assistant reflects on the palliative care industry and the death of her husband. People need more information on the reality of death to be prepared to help loved ones die at home.
- After Middle Eastern Wars End, the Medical Wars Begin (May 17, 2017)
What are the wars doing to the health care infrastructure?
- 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.
- Pharma Funded "Patient" Groups Keep Drug Prices Astronomical (March 6, 2017)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mothers and Children First (2017)
An interactive report on mothers and child bearing in Bolivia where deaths are highest among indigenous populations. This report looks at the efforts by doctors, indigenous midwives and healers who are collaborating in what is being called 'intercultural health care'.
- Ontario's health workers call for improved sick leave policies (2017)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 Universitys 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.
- 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.
- 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 states booming oil fields. Accidents, he says, were a regular occurrence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 didnt 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.
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Implications for Canadian Public Health (December 14, 2015)
- 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.
- How Class Kills (November 8, 2015)
A recent study showing rising mortality rates among middle-aged whites drives home the lethality of class inequality.
- 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.
- 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.
- Single-Payer Health Care and the Case Against Clicktivism (September 30, 2015)
Whats 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.
- The Devil Is In the Details: How Patients' Mental Health Data Is At Risk (August 21, 2015)
It seems like "Patient doctor confidentiality" doesnt 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 masters degree".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, its clear that that government is not Stephen Harpers.
- 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.
- Zionists Seek to Silence the Lancet and Secure the Dismissal of its Editor, Richard Horton (April 25, 2015)
The involvement of 396 senior researchers in a mass effort to force Reed Elsevier to withdraw the letter is the latest in a series of heavy-handed interventions to stifle media coverage of the Israel-Palestine issue and should be resisted.
- Israeli occupation damages Palestinian health, human rights group shows (April 12, 2015)
Israeli group Physicians for Human Rights has released two reports documenting the deterioration of Palestinian health under occupation. Divide and Conquer documents the deterioration of Palestinian health in the West Bank and Gaza as the direct consequence of ongoing Israeli military occupation.
- 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.
- Israeli human rights organization highlights deterioration of Palestinian health under occupation (April 5, 2015)
Two reports from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel detail how Israeli occupation is harming the health of Palestinians.
- 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.
- Airport expansion (February 20, 2015)
The Toronto Island airport in its present configuration is already harmful to public health. Any expansion would contribute to climate change by increasing emissions and air pollution and decreasing green and recreational space.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr. Miriam Garfinkle: Public Health Will Be Loser if Jets Win (March 29, 2014)
The serious health and safety impacts and risks arising from the continually expanding island airport are of paramount concern. The negative impacts of this scheme -- increased air pollution in an already highly polluted area, massively increased traffic and congestion in an already congested area, serious concerns about water quality, noise pollution, fuel transport and storage and the risk of planes taking off and landing within a few hundred metres of homes and schools are clear and unacceptable.
- 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.
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