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Microplastics Found Deep in the Lungs of Humans for the First Time
Damian Carrington: What this means for our health is unknown—but it can’t be good. ... Microplastic pollution has been discovered lodged deep in the lungs of living people for the first time. The particles were found in almost all the samples analyzed. ... Samples were taken from tissue removed from 13 patients undergoing surgery and microplastics were found in 11 cases. ... The most common particles were polypropylene, used in plastic packaging and pipes, and PET, used in bottles... Visit Website ]
Apr 7, 2022, 12:35pm

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Medicare For All Is Not Enough
David U. Himmelstein, Stephanie Woolhandler, Adam Gaffney, Don McCanne and John Geyman, The Nation: We have long advocated for single-payer national health insurance. By eliminating private insurers and simplifying how providers are paid, single-payer would free up hundreds of billions of dollars now squandered annually on insurance-related bureaucracy. ... However, the accelerating corporate transformation of US health care delivery complicates this vision ... insurers are now being joined by a new set of corporate middlemen asserting control over American care ... Wall Street is buying up doctors, hospitals, and other health care institutions, distorting care to generate profit.. Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2022, 11:25am

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How a nondescript box has been saving lives during the pandemic – and revealing the power of grassroots innovation
Douglas Hannah: Corsi-Rosenthal box ... It’s a cube consisting of four to five off-the-shelf furnace filters topped by a standard box fan blowing outward. ... It usually takes 40 minutes, minimal technical expertise and US$60 to $90 in materials that are available from any home supply store. ... When used in a shared space like a classroom or hospital ward, they can supplement existing ventilation and remove airborne contaminants, including smoke and virus-laden particles. ... broader lesson is the power of grassroots innovation and citizen engineering to develop these technologies... Visit Website ]
Mar 3, 2022, 4:10pm

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The Government Just Admitted An Inconvenient Truth
David Sirota, Aditi Ramaswami: A GOP-led budget office details how corporate-run health care is crushing workers — and how Medicare for All would boost the economy. The CBO reports that under a single-payer health care system: ... Households’ health insurance premiums would be eliminated, and their out-of-pocket health care costs would decline ... “Workers would choose to work fewer hours, on average, despite higher wages because the reduction in health insurance premiums and (out-of-pocket) expenses would generate a positive wealth effect ... (But) ... Medicare for All remains stalled in a political system where stakeholders in the existing corporate health care system are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy elections and public policy... Visit Website ]
Feb 25, 2022, 12:58pm

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The hidden epidemic
Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg: Antibiotic resistance is approaching a crisis point, and the world needs to act. ... A recent report published in The Lancet, however, found that the toll from antibiotic resistance is worsening even faster than expected. ... in 2019, about 1.27 million people died directly due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) ... The Lancet study identifies three ways to slow the march of antibiotic resistance: more selective use of antibiotics, tighter infection control measures, and rapid investment in new treatments... Visit Website ]
Feb 16, 2022, 2:41pm

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In research studies and in real life, placebos have a powerful healing effect on the body and mind
Elissa H. Patterson & Hans Schroder: The power of the placebo comes down to the power of the mind and a person’s skill at harnessing it. ... If a patient gets a tension headache and their trusted doctor gives them a medicine that they feel confident will treat it, the relief they expect is likely to decrease their stress. ... Part of the beauty of placebos is that they activate existing systems of healing within the mind and body. ... Elements of the body once thought to be outside of an individual’s control are now known to be modifiable... Visit Website ]
Feb 11, 2022, 4:02pm

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Bathed in Pesticides - The Narrative of Deception
Rosemary Mason & Colin Todhunter: The volume of pesticide use and exposure is occurring on a scale that is without precedent and world-historical in nature. Agrichemicals are now pervasive as they cycle through bodies and environments. ... In just under 20 years, much of the Earth has been coated with glyphosate, in many places layering on already chemical-laden human bodies, other organisms and environments. ... proposed that glyphosate can induce the transgenerational inheritance of disease and germline (for example, sperm) epimutations. Observations suggest the generational toxicology of glyphosate needs to be considered in the disease etiology of future generations... Visit Website ]
Jan 29, 2022, 12:08pm

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Why Pay Less? The US Strategy for Vaccinating the World
Dean Baker: Earlier this month, Dr. Peter Hotez announced that his team of researchers at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor University had developed an effective vaccine against the coronavirus. In limited clinical trials, it showed effectiveness comparable to the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna ... What makes this development so important is that Hotez is making his vaccine freely available to the world. ... Anyone who has the necessary expertise to produce it is free to do so without worrying about patent monopolies... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2022, 12:04pm

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How Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Start?
Dr. Alina Chan has been one of the most prominent commentators on the origins of COVID-19. Here, she explains why the binary of “natural origin” versus “lab leak” is misleading and simplistic. ... What we do know for sure is that this pandemic could have started from a lab or research activity, whether or not it did start from research activity. ... there’s no definitive evidence for either natural research-related or lab origin scenarios ... For the moment, ... I lean more towards a lab origin ... I think that we should be calling for more information... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2022, 4:04pm

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Radiation in Medicine: Treatment or Torment?
John Laforge: Medical imaging using computed tomography, CT scans, give patients large doses of external radiation that carry well-known risks of inducing cancers. Positron emission tomography or PET scans also involve relatively large external radiation doses ... Heike Daldrup-Link, associate professor of radiology at the Stanford School of Medicine, has recommended replacing CT and PET scans with sonograms and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)...
Jan 15, 2022, 3:45pm

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Covid’s Lesson: When Anxious, Isolated and Hopeless, We’re Less Ready to Think Critically
Jonathan Cook: The corporate media is not our friend. The aim of its coverage of the pandemic is not to promote the public good. It is there to feed our anxieties, keep us coming back for more and monetize that distress ... A major goal of critical thinking is to stand outside tribal debates, where people are heavily invested in particular outcomes, and examine the ways debates have been framed. ... You are being manipulated – propagandized – even before you engage with a topic if you look only at the substance of a debate and not at other issues: such as its timing... Visit Website ]
Jan 11, 2022, 11:44am

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The Many Ways War Is Poisoning Us
Robert C. Koehler: War spews hell in all directions. ... When we wage war, we dehumanize—then kill—a specific segment of humanity. In the process, we "fray" our own humanity . . . we become less human ourselves, and thus more in sync with the evil we claim to be obliterating. This is what's happening to us right now. How is our culture being poisoned? ... One obvious way is the rate of vet suicides: around 60,000 in the last decade. ... Add in hate crimes. ... Add in the prison-industrial complex... Visit Website ]
Dec 17, 2021, 12:53pm

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The misunderstood—and misrepresented—Zero COVID policy in China
A scientist: One of the most striking facts about the pandemic is that China, the country from which SARS-CoV-2 first emerged, has suffered very few cases. Since April 2020, the United States has detected nearly 50 million cases, but China, with four times the population, has detected just over 10,000. ... The ability to trace every infection and understand entire chains of transmission is central to China’s ability to control outbreaks. .... The China CDC laid out two alternative strategies that the country could follow: either “containment and suppression” (the “dynamic zero” policy that we have seen above) or “mitigation,” which accepts some level of spread of the virus, but which seeks to lessen its impact. ... The China CDC judged that “[m]itigation might allow development of herd immunity over a long time, but at a great cost in terms of number of cases, morbidity, and mortality... Visit Website ]
Dec 13, 2021, 12:03pm

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Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic
Peter Certo: The longer it takes the world to get vaccinated, the more variants we’ll see. ... Here in the United States, getting vaccination rates up means battling misinformation, apathy, and employers who won’t give their employees sick time. But vaccinating the rest of the world means battling corporate greed. ... In poorer countries, vaccine access is limited by the patent protections for pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, Modern, and Johnson & Johnson. That puts life-saving vaccines beyond the reach of what many countries can comfortably afford... Visit Website ]
Dec 3, 2021, 2:39pm

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Why Do We Need a 24/7 Economy?
Rebecca Gordon: The "Graveyard Shift" in a Pandemic World .. In mid-October, President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week ... running West Coast ports 24/7 won’t solve the supply-chain problem ... Businesses love shift work because it reduces time (and money) lost to powering machinery up and down. .... There’s another all-too-literal reason to call it the “graveyard” shift. It turns out that working when you should be in bed is dangerous. ... studies directly link the graveyard shift to an increased incidence of several kinds of cancer ... There are good reasons that so many people are walking away from underpaid, life-threatening work... Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 12:20pm


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