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Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive
Evaggelos Vallianatos: Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children. They may have something to do with the mass-shootings in schools all over America because some of them are neurotoxins. This means they affect and damage the central nervous system and the brain – of all animals, including humans. ... Professor Guillette studied Yaqui children, four to five years old. These children live in the Yaqui Valley of the Sonora state in northwestern Mexico. Agriculture in the Yaqui Valley is industrialized so the use of pesticides, including the DDT-like organochlorines banned in the United States, is heavy. In such an environment, the exposure of children to dozens of different toxins is a documented fact. ... Guillette found that those children had weaken stamina; could not catch a ball at a distance of three meters; failed to be fully creative in their play, failed to remember meaningful statements after thirty minutes; roaming aimlessly or swimming in irrigation ditches with very little interaction. ... In addition, these children were aggressive... Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2018, 2:40pm

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The Plight of Pakistan's Lady Health Workers
Hafsa Adil, Al Jazeera: Underpaid and under threat, dedicated female workers strive to improve the health of impoverished women and children. ... For Pakistan's Lady Health Workers, it is a life of verbal threats, physical abuse, and unpaid salaries. ... The South Asian nation of more than 207 million people is one of three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where the transmission of the potentially deadly polio virus is ongoing. ... In 2017, five polio cases were reported in five districts in Pakistan, down from 306 cases across 43 districts in 2014. ... The Lady Health Worker Programme was introduced in Pakistan in 1993 in order to make primary healthcare accessible to women who are confined to their homes, and to effectively administer immunisation campaigns among children. Currently, 125,000 women are employed as part of the health programme... Visit Website ]
Apr 11, 2018, 3:32pm

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The Science About Eating Out - Will Scare You Into Cooking Your Own Dinners
Jackie Flynn Mogensen: Now, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Environment International suggests that Americans’ habit of eating out could be costing us more than a portion of our paychecks. It turns out, eating outside the home—at restaurants, fast-food joints, and cafeterias, including delivery and take-out—is correlated with higher body levels of phthalates, a ubiquitous class of chemicals linked to all sorts of ailments including reduced semen quality, diabetes, lower IQ, and cancer. ... Phthalates aren’t intentional food additives; they’re a group of chemicals mixed with plastics to make them more flexible, but they can also leach into our food, research suggests, through contact with products like plastic containers, food-handling gloves, and processing equipment... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2018, 11:25am

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Is the EPA hazardous?
Robert Hunziker: As such, and if true that the EPA is hazardous to health, it is incumbent upon the public to root out and toss out perpetrators because a democracy, or an autocracy for that matter, should never allow public servants to knowingly harm/kill/maim its own people. ... Trump’s cabinet picks are instructed to side with big corporations as, for example, Pruitt rejecting in March 2017 the EPA’s own scientists’ recommendations to ban chlorpyrifos, a base chemical used in many pesticides. The EPA previously banned it for household use in 2000, but it ubiquitously continues in fields around the world. All-over it covers the planet. ... The State of California classifies chlorpyrifos within the category: “Most Dangerous Chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.”... Visit Website ]
Mar 23, 2018, 4:29pm

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Afghanistan's Dire Health Situation
César Chelala: As the war in Afghanistan shows no signs of abating, the health of the people in the country continues to be cause for concern. Afghanistan’s health care system is considered one of the worst in the world, and decades of war and international neglect have contributed to its deterioration. An estimated 6 million people, out of a population of 35 million, have no access or adequate access to health care. ... It is estimated that about half of children less than five years of age are stunted due to chronic malnutrition, and up to 10 percent have acute malnutrition. More than half of Afghan children suffer mental and physical damage because they are poorly nourished in the first two years of life. ... To continue sending troops to try to win an unwinnable war will only increase the suffering of the Afghan people... Visit Website ]
Mar 13, 2018, 12:38pm

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Under Obamacare, Mothers Have Better Prenatal Care and Fewer Preterm Births
Kiera Butler: The Affordable Care Act appears to have improved the health of young pregnant women and their babies. A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the effects of the ACA provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance through age 26. ... The researchers studied a group of unmarried and pregnant 25 and 26 year old women who were covered by that rule, and found them more likely to receive prenatal care and slightly less likely to have a preterm birth than a similar group of 27 and 28 year old women, who were just old enough to be ineligible for that kind of coverage. ... A study published last month in the American Journal of Public Health found that those states (which enacted Medicaid expansions) saw greater declines in infant mortality rates. The finding was especially pronounced among African-American babies, who are much more likely to die in their first few months of life than white babies... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2018, 12:52pm

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Tackling Opioid Addiction in Indian Country
Chelsey Luger: Per capita, Native American people are more likely than any other race to suffer from opioid addiction. In recent months, hundreds of cities, states and counties in the U.S. have sued pharmaceutical companies for their role in contributing to the opioid crisis, and in April, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma became the first federally recognized tribe in the U.S. to do so. ... Like all other hardships faced by Native American people today, there is a long legacy of racial genocide, cultural genocide, loss of land, loss of language, loss of resources and numerous other losses that have damaged the spirit and livelihood of Native peoples for over 500 years of settler colonialism. ... There is a term—“historical trauma“ — ... how historical trauma has played a huge role in contemporary hardships on an individual and community level... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2018, 1:47pm

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The Exsanguination of Medical Ethics
Dr. Nayvin Gordon: For thousands of years physicians took oaths to always act in the patient’s best interest when providing care. ... Medical ethics ran head long into The HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Act of 1973. The passage of this act set the stage for the undermining of long established medical ethics. The HMO Act was designed specifically to reduce costs ... the US treasury has less available for social services as politicians continue to redirect a trillion dollars per year to the military war industry without concerns that it is “costing the government too much”. ... The latest Republican Tax Reform Bill of 12/17 will suck out of Medicare an estimated thirty billion dollars. ... While deadly epidemics of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, violence and addiction haunt the nation, we have been led into a partnership with Dracula... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2018, 12:37pm

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Cuban Doctors to Help Patients in South Side Chicago
With no solution in sight regarding infant mortalities, residents of Chicago's South Side, home to numerous predominantly Black neighborhoods, have resorted to mentors from the Cuban Ministry of Public Health for help. ... Why? The small socialist island, though it has endured a half-century economic blockade imposed by the United States, has an infant mortality rate (4.3 per 1,000 people) lower than its neighbor to the north (5.7 per 1,000 people), according to the World Health Organization. ... A health partnership signed between the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health has teamed up three Cuban doctors and a nurse with their U.S. counterparts during home visits to 50 women of reproductive age in Englewood, according to Kaiser Health News... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2018, 11:51am

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The Health Care Crisis You Don’t Know About
Jack Lessenberry: Ruth Spalding loves her job — not that it isn't stressful. She is a social worker and therapist who sees poor people with a whole lot of problems. ... "I treat a lot of depression and anxiety, PTSD," she says. "I have folks on my caseload with severe and persistent mental illness, folks who experience paranoid delusions on a regular basis." ... Community health centers like hers served nearly 700,000 Michigan residents last year ... Most are rural; a few inner-city. But all are in danger of being closed down. ... They, like CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program that serves 9 million or so poor kids, aren't important to Donald Trump. Nor are they something the ruling Republicans in Congress care much about... Visit Website ]
Jan 10, 2018, 11:58am

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Landmark study links (UK) Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths
Alex Matthews-King, UK: The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths. ... Real terms funding for health and social care fell under the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2010, and the researchers conclude this “may have produced” the substantial increase in deaths. ... The paper identified that mortality rates in the UK had declined steadily from 2001 to 2010, but this reversed sharply with the death rate growing again after austerity came in. ... "It is now very clear that austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits - it is bad economics, but good class politics"... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2017, 11:14am

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Socialized Medicine Delivers Comforts and Convenience That Americans Can Only Dream About
Meagan Day,: Anyone can get care without courting financial ruin. Monumental personal decisions, like when to have a child or whether to leave or take a job, no longer hinge on the whims of an employer or the dysfunctions of the private insurance market. Surprise hospital bills, endless phone calls with insurance companies, juggling premiums, copays, and deductibles — all will be things of the past. ... Americans, with our predatory health care system, can be easy to impress. The simple fact that the French can visit any health facility in the entire country, for example, seems astonishing. No provider is out of network, because there’s no such thing as a network.... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2017, 3:41pm

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all
Phillip Longman, The Guardian, UK: The UK’s National Health Service has it problems, but it produces much more health per dollar than America’s – largely because it doesn’t overpay specialists or waste money on therapies and technologies of dubious clinical value. Though they smoke and drink more, Britons live longer than Americans while paying 40% less per capita for healthcare. ... But what advocates of “single payer” healthcare in this country are talking about, often without seeming to realize it, is something altogether different. What they are calling for, instead, is vastly expanding eligibility for the existing Medicare program, or for a new program much like it. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2017, 3:25pm

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Scary New Evidence Suggests Air Pollution Can Harm Babies in Utero
Jackie Mogensen: It’s no secret that air pollution is dangerous; the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 3 million deaths worldwide are linked to outdoor air pollution every year ... It gets worse. According to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics today, air pollution may even affect fetuses in the womb. In a first-of-its-kind study, European researchers found that newborns whose mothers had breathed dirty air during pregnancy were more likely to show biological markers associated with shorter lifespans... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2017, 12:16pm

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Socialized Medicine Has Won the Health Care Debate
Sarah Jaffe: The repeated rebukes of attempts to undo Obamacare have shown that the average American is no longer moved by the threat of the “S-word.” If we are on a slippery slope toward socialized medicine, it appears that Americans are just fine with that. For the left, there’s a lot to learn from the successful battles against going backward on health care—lessons about how Trump-era politics can be used to push “socialist” policies that move Democrats, and the American public, forward in unexpected ways. ... Visit Website ]
Oct 2, 2017, 1:05pm


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