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Yes, Providing Drug Users With Safe Drugs Will Fight the Opioid Crisis
David Moscrop: Vancouver is the latest city to sign up for a Safe Supply program, which provides safe drugs to users. Pilot programs — and the failure of the war on drugs — show that this approach is the best way to combat the opioid crisis. ... The goal of safe supply is to reduce harm, save lives, and give people who use drugs control of their lives. ... Combined with an economic system that undervalues, underpays, overworks, and structurally exploits individuals, the state is fighting a war against the consequences of its own decisions... Visit Website ]
Aug 3, 2022, 2:32pm

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Traditional Medicine in the Modern World
Cesar Chelala: Traditional practices of both preventive and curative health care have existed for thousands of years, and today they are often used in conjunction with modern medicine. ... In the South American Andean countries of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, traditional medicine still plays a prominent role in the health care of indigenous communities ... Equilibrium and harmony with nature is considered the basis for good health ... Healing is achieved when harmony is restored between the sick people and their environment... Visit Website ]
Jul 28, 2022, 3:51pm

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The Activist Offering: We Need Over-the-Counter Birth Control
Steph Black: The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing an application for a prescription progestin-only birth control pill to become available over the counter. ... “Research has documented that the prescription requirement is a barrier for many people and can push birth control out of reach because it means a potentially costly healthcare provider’s visit, taking time off of school or work to get to the appointment, and more.” ... oral contraception is one of the safest and most studied medications in the world ... “Over-the-counter birth control pills would reduce many of these barriers and advance health equity.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2022, 5:03pm

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For Indigenous Peoples, Abortion Is a Religious Right
Abaki Beck & Rosalyn LaPier: For thousands of years, reproductive health care has been an important part of Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, which include religious rituals, sacred rites, and the right to abortion. ... Indigenous peoples have utilized the knowledge of medicinal plants throughout every stage of reproductive health care ... Whether using medicinal plants or religious rituals, Blackfeet people viewed reproductive health and bodily autonomy as part of our relationship with the sacred realm... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2022, 12:48pm

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Electromagnetic Fields Forever
Kathy Deacon: EMFs received a fair amount of media attention. Those directly concerned with the problem—such as public health advocates and residents of communities where children lived near power lines—complained no action was being taken. ... In June of 2001, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), finally weighed in, classifying EMFs as “possibly carcinogenic” ... As each and every cell phone company installs its own separate antennae every two or three blocks–there will be no escape from interconnectivity– or RF radiation–in the coming “Internet of Things.” ... “The richest man on the planet is building cars that will expose passengers to complex EMFs... Visit Website ]
Jul 3, 2022, 3:48pm

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China And The US Response To Covid-19
John V. Walsh: Covid deaths in the US (over 1 million) and China (about 5000) ... Clearly China put the saving of lives above the advance of the economy with its “dynamic zero Covid policy.” ... But contrary to what was believed in the West at the time, saving lives also turned out to be better for the economy ... what does it say when the US, one of the richest nations in the world, spending over $1 trillion a year on its “national security” budget, could not muster the means to deal with Covid-19 and ended up with more deaths than any other nation on earth?... Visit Website ]
Jun 28, 2022, 11:26am

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Pouring Poison and Planting Seeds of Dependency
Colin Todhunter: There is a food crisis... denutrified food and unhealthy diets that are at the centre of a major public health crisis ... What is required is an approach that sustains indigenous knowledge, local food security, better nutrition per acre, clean and stable water tables and good soil structure ... An approach that places food sovereignty, local ownership, rural communities and rural economies at the centre of policy and which nurtures biodiversity, boosts human health and works with nature rather than destroying these.... Visit Website ]
Jun 14, 2022, 11:58am

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Single Payer Docs Now Want National Health Service
A group of high profile single payer advocates now say single payer is not enough and are calling for a move toward a Veterans Administration (VA) style universal healthcare system. ... Reform needs to go beyond changing the way we pay for care: It also needs to change whom we pay for care. Communities, not corporations, should own our nation’s vital health care assets. ... Doctors’ practices and hospitals have now been taken over by a variety of giant firms, some of whom are the same companies that run the insurance industry. ... the VA is the best performing part of our healthcare... Visit Website ]
May 9, 2022, 3:55pm

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In Sweden, Drones Are Beating Ambulances to the Scene — and Saving Lives
Michaela Haas: New technology is intervening in the moments where speed matters more than anything. Welcome to the future of emergency medicine ... Sweden is the first country in the world that began to equip drones with AEDs (automated external defibrillator) in 2020 ... Zipline ... is planning to extend to transport blood, antibiotics, prescription medication, and vaccines in rural areas in Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, and Washington State. ... They are already being used in Africa, for instance, to deliver medication and banked blood in Malawi. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 26, 2022, 4:02pm

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The Privatization of Water Is a Threat to Global Health
Beauty Dhlamini: Water is a basic resource for all human beings. Yet market forces are increasingly privatizing water provision — not only making water unaffordable to poor and working-class people but posing a serious threat to public health in the midst of the pandemic. ... "People should have ownership of water, not corporations." ... It’s crucial that, in the coming decades, water cooperation at the political and technical levels be at the forefront of regional, national, and international global health agendas... Visit Website ]
Apr 11, 2022, 4:20pm

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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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