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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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Our Health Care System Is a Corporate Care System
Jim Hightower: Rather than a health care system, our country’s leaders have kept us shackled to a “corporate care” system. ... This allows insurance giants, drug company gougers, hospital chains, and other profiteers to ration our care based on whether a family can pay whatever outrageous price the corporations demand to maintain their exorbitant profits. ... The guiding ethic of physicians, nurses, and other caregivers is “First, do no harm.” The corporate owners of the system impose a contrary ethic: “First, maximize our profits.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 29, 2017, 2:58pm

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How Big Pharma and Big Food Have Made Us Fat and Sick
Martha Rosenberg: How do you launch a “disease” created for no other purpose than to sell drugs that are supposed to treat it? - Issue a press release about how it is an “under-recognized” disease with many “barriers” and “stigmas” to treatment. ... Launch a TV campaign to “raise awareness” about the disease’s symptoms and risks factors to help “sufferers” in the general public self-diagnose ... How Do You Produce Food That Fattens and Sickens Instead of Nourishes? - Use taxpayer money. to market unhealthy food directly to consumers to help Agribiz, ignoring the government’s duty to protect public health. ... Dump unhealthy food into the School Lunch and other government programs where food consumers have little choice, also to help Agribiz... Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2017, 3:19pm

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How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure that We Get Sick and They Make Money
Paul Buchheit: Despicable: Corporate Profits at the Expense of Our Health ... Hypocritical: Our Watchdog Non-Profits on the Payroll of Big Ag ... Detestable: U.S. Government Assisting Big Ag ... We Can't Sue the Industries that Make Us Fat and Sick ... We Can't Even Know What's in Our Food (The food industry's DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know) negated existing GMO labeling laws.) ... We Become 'Terrorists' If We Object to Animal Cruelty ... The Absurdity of the Capitalist Approach to Health (Our system of health care focuses on symptoms rather than causes.)... Visit Website ]
Jul 25, 2017, 2:30pm

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Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods
J. Gabriel Ware: Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives. ... Many of the traditional foods, plants, and teas are still available on the reservation, and some are even sold in health food stores ... so younger tribal members can learn to integrate them into their daily lives. For example, traditional medicine like willow bark or blue root can replace Tylenol, and bison or venison can replace fatty beef. Local berries can either become a traditional berry soup or be mixed into other recipes like pancakes, muffins, and smoothies... Visit Website ]
Jun 6, 2017, 5:21pm

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Neurology Study Reveals What We Already Know: People of Color Get Worse Healthcare
Jess Guh, MD: In the most recent issue of Neurology, Dr. Altaf Saadi and colleagues reveal the disheartening news that African Americans and Hispanic Americans receive lower quality neurologic care than their white counterparts. ... Though most doctors are well intentioned and would like to be “color-blind” study after study has shown that we have also absorbed the subtle messages that society sends us that folks of color are inferior or less deserving of care. ... We would be better off spending research time and money on finding solutions as opposed to “rediscovering” the same problem over and over again... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2017, 12:31pm

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The Omnipresent Pressure to Conform
Graham Peebles: The pressure to conform to a constructed ideal is perhaps most acute within youth culture ... As Krishnamurti made clear in Education and the Significance of Life: “Conventional education makes independent thinking extremely difficult. Conformity leads to mediocrity. To be different from the group or to resist [ones] environment is not easy and is often risky as long as we worship success…the search for inward or outward security, the desire for comfort – this whole process smothers discontent, puts an end to spontaneity and breeds fear; and fear blocks the intelligent understanding of life... Visit Website ]
Apr 25, 2017, 10:49am

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Fukushima Catastrophe at 6: Normalizing Radiation Exposure Demeans Women and Kids & Risks Their Health
Cindy Folkers: And as we deal with the continuing fallout 6 years after the Fukushima, and 31 years after the Chernobyl, catastrophes began, the nuclear industry continues to put these techniques to good use. They have labeled “radiophobic” those who question nuclear power or who refuse to move back to contaminated areas or eat contaminated food. They shame people into taking health risks and socially isolate those who refuse to comply. ... Women and children are often the focus of these “normalization” techniques... Visit Website ]
Mar 6, 2017, 3:26pm

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6 Ways Citizens Across the U.S. Are Using Science to Build a Better World
Shannan Stoll: By collecting climate change data, monitoring air quality, and reverse-engineering insulin, locals are creating a more just and equitable society. ... Citizens Track the Effects of Climate Change: Seasonal changes direct the timing of when buds grow in the spring or fruit ripens in the fall. As the climate changes—and the seasons arrive earlier or later, and are shorter or longer than expected—it affects the plants and animals that rely on seasonal cues. “If it’s warmer than average, you’re likely to see many plants putting their leaves on earlier,” ... Visit Website ]
Mar 4, 2017, 2:44pm

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Top 6 Wind Energy stories Today: Cost down 60% since 2009
Juan Cole: 1. ... 2015: "The German electricity system has reached a new milestone, generating 85.4 billion kWh of wind power in 2015, the highest amount ever recorded and 66% more than 2014. Nationwide, wind energy accounted for 13.3% of German electricity generation during the last year... 2. In Scotland in 2015, "Turbines provided 10,392,439 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough on average to supply 2.34 million homes... Visit Website ]
Jan 14, 2016, 4:36pm

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Am I Drinking Enough Water? Sneezing's A Clue
Ronald Bleier: How do I know if I'm drinking enough water?... Fortunately, over the years, I've discovered some tips which help indicate when I need to drink more. The first, the cue the body receives from sneezing, seems the least well known... My working theory is that when sensors in the body's nasal and sinus passages detect inadequate hydration, a sneeze is provoked...
Oct 9, 2015, 10:17am


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