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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 19, 2007 Mother fears 'stinky neighborhood' caused son's cancer
QUOTE: No one can say for certain that Valentin's illness was caused by the air he breathed, but earlier this year, the University of Texas released a study showing that children who live within two miles of the ship channel have a 56 percent greater chance of getting leukemia than kids living elsewhere.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 13, 2007 Bank Plans Probe of HIV Tests In India
QUOTE: The bank has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into India through programs intended to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. Those efforts came under fresh scrutiny when Kunal Saha, an Ohio physician who traveled to India this year at the bank's request, said he uncovered documents suggesting that defective tests had produced high numbers of false negative results.
Washington Post Oct 10, 2007 In U.S. Poll, Most Fail a Quiz on Global Causes of Child Deaths
QUOTE: Federal spending has soared in recent years to combat AIDS on a global level, and it has risen substantially to combat malaria. But spending has stagnated for many other child killers that have become overshadowed, in part because the cures and treatments for them are old news.
New York Times Oct 09, 2007 Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters
QUOTE: Villages like Maendeleo are at the center of a debate that has split malaria fighters: how to distribute mosquito nets.
New York Times Oct 07, 2007 A Heavy Toll From Disease Fuels Suspicion and Anger
QUOTE: The cases, which both state and federal officials call a disease cluster, are located within a mile of Everett Square — a densely settled neighborhood adjacent to the town’s onetime factory row. It is now home to two Superfund sites.
New York Times Sep 11, 2007 A Genetic Test That Very Few Need, Marketed to the Masses
QUOTE: Critics say that advertising such a complex screening test to the general population might create unnecessary anxiety among women and lead to overuse of the test, which costs $3,120.
New York Times Sep 10, 2007 Dental Reform Movement Pushes On
QUOTE: A congressional inquest that began in May with lawmakers angrily interrogating federal health officials and insurance executives continues to probe failings in the system. This month, members of Congress will push ahead with a bill that would strengthen dental care for the children of the working poor.
Washington Post Sep 08, 2007 The Saturday Profile: Taking On Apartheid, Then a Nation’s Stance on AIDS
QUOTE: Ms. Madlala-Routledge’s supporters say she was the lone voice of principle in a Health Ministry sullied by its lackadaisical response to South Africa’s AIDS crisis. When the government finally adopted an aggressive anti-AIDS strategy in December, after years of international criticism, Ms. Madlala-Routledge was among the principal authors.
New York Times Aug 10, 2007 Gaddafi's Son: Bulgarians Were Tortured: Statement Confirms in Part Allegations Made by Six Released Medical Workers
QUOTE: Six Bulgarian medical workers imprisoned on charges of infecting children with the HIV virus were tortured by electric shock during their captivity, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2007 Alliance Seeks to Expand Dental Care to Poor Kids
QUOTE: "Children are suffering every day because we have systematically failed to provide them with the dental care they need," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)... federal legislation to enhance pediatric dental care is in the works.
Washington Post Aug 06, 2007 Death Points to Risks in Research: One Woman's Experience in Gene Therapy Trial Highlights Weaknesses in the Patient Safety Net
QUOTE: a close look at the events leading to Mohr's death reveals failures in the safety net that is supposed to protect people from the risks of medical experimentation...
Washington Post Jul 24, 2007 Herpes Awareness Project Divides Health Officials: Drugmaker's Campaign Targets Blacks
QUOTE: The ad is part of a campaign by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to educate blacks about genital herpes .... [But] Some experts worry that the campaign may lead to widespread testing and large-scale treatment of people who do not have symptoms...
Washington Post Jul 18, 2007 Limited Capacity Is Seen in Flu Defenses
QUOTE: More than a year after President Bush unveiled a plan for coping with a pandemic flu outbreak, the federal government still has limited capacity to detect a disease outbreak and track its progress across the country.
New York Times Jul 15, 2007 How racism hurts -- literally
QUOTE: More than 100 studies -- most published since 2000 -- now document the effects of racial discrimination on physical health .... Most striking, researchers note, is how consistent the findings have been across a wide range of studies. The task now, they say, is to discover why.
Boston Globe Jul 15, 2007 Knocked Down (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: Ordinarily, there would be no opportunity to lie. Medical ethics compels you to preserve a patient’s — in this case, the wife’s — privacy (even if, as I do, you think your patient was wrong to deceive her husband).
New York Times Jul 10, 2007 Doctors Balk at Cancer Ad, Citing Lack of Evidence
QUOTE: the advertisement’s implicit message — that those who die of skin cancer have themselves to blame — has provoked a sharp response from some public-health doctors, who say the evidence simply does not support it.
New York Times Jul 01, 2007 Why can't you buy a kidney to save your life? A growing legal movement to recognize a new fundamental right -- 'medical self-defense' -- could bring jarring social changes
QUOTE: There is a growing push in medical, legislative, and legal circles -- both liberal and conservative -- to recognize an expansive new right that some are describing as "medical self-defense." .... A potential landmark case ... could make access to unapproved drugs a full-blown constitutional right.
Boston Globe Jun 28, 2007 Why Most Sunscreens Don't Work: A new study finds that most sunscreens don't offer sufficient protection. How to find the right one.
QUOTE: the FDA reports that a new regulation addressing UVA protection is "currently in its final clearance" and will likely be released by the end of the summer...Dermatologists, however, are not buying it.
Newsweek Jun 19, 2007 States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote
QUOTE: Rhode Island is among a growing number of states grappling with the question of who is too mentally impaired to vote. The issue is drawing attention for two major reasons: increasing efforts by the mentally ill and their advocates to secure voting rights, and mounting concern by psychiatrists and others who work with the elderly about the rights and risks of voting by people with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
New York Times Jun 11, 2007 Incentives Limit Any Savings in Treating Cancer
QUOTE: Some physicians say that cancer doctors responded to Medicare’s change by performing additional treatments that got them the best reimbursements, whether or not the treatments benefited patients. Those doctors also say that Medicare’s reimbursement policies are responsible.
New York Times Jun 10, 2007 Fight Over Vaccine-Autism Link Hits Court: Families, After Having Claims Rejected by Experts, Face Lower Burden of Proof
QUOTE: For more than a decade, families across the country have been warring with the medical establishment over their claims that routine childhood vaccines are responsible for the nation's apparent epidemic of autism. In an extraordinary proceeding that begins tomorrow, the battle will move from the ivory tower to the courts.
Washington Post May 22, 2007 Heart Attack Risk Seen in Drug for Diabetes
QUOTE: ...Glaxo and the F.D.A. disclosed yesterday that they had known about the signs of potential cardiovascular risk since last August, when the company, on its own initiative, submitted a similar analysis to the agency. That disclosure prompted questions on Capitol Hill about why patients and doctors had not been informed earlier.
New York Times Apr 27, 2007 When a student's in trouble, should parents know?: US privacy laws prevent counselors from informing parents of danger signs. But many say they should know if their young adult children – or their roo
QUOTE: If their offspring has stalked a peer or stayed in a mental-health clinic or been watched for suicidal inclinations at college, they want to know. Immediately. Yet parents may be among the last people to be told of any concerns. Because of strict confidentiality laws, such problems cannot be reported to parents – or roommates or others close to a young adult in trouble.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 17, 2007 Dosing For Dollars
QUOTE: The conclusions in the JAMA study also underline flaws in the way Medicare reimbursement for dialysis treatment is currently structured. Most of the 335,000 kidney failure patients in the U.S. who receive dialysis are covered by Medicare, no matter how old they are....Medicare reimburses dialysis centers directly for this treatment at a fixed amount. But reimbursement for the use of Epogen is not capped; instead, it is based on the amount of the drug that is used. Perhaps not surprisingly, Medicare spends more money on Epogen--nearly $2 billion--than on any other drug.
Forbes Mar 10, 2007 Anemia Drug May Harm Some Patients, FDA Says
QUOTE: "The Food and Drug Administration warned yesterday that anemia-fighting drugs called erythropoietins, which had $10 billion in U.S. sales last year, are being used so aggressively that they may be harming some patients."
Washington Post Mar 07, 2007 To Settle Suit, Maker Agrees to Withdraw Growth Drug
QUOTE: A jury found that Insmed...infringed patents held by Genentech and licensed to Tercica...To protect its sales, Insmed had argued that its drug, Iplex, was superior to Tercica’s drug, Increlex, because it required only one injection a day instead of two. Some doctors had also urged the court to keep Iplex available, arguing that it was not only more convenient but possibly safer as well.
New York Times Mar 06, 2007 Rx for Trouble: Inside the Steroid Sting: SI's Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, on the scene for the Florida raids, continue to report on the ongoing investigation that promises to rock sports
QUOTE: ...investigators contend that the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center (PBRC) -- and dozens of so-called antiaging or wellness centers like it -- is a vital component in a massive illegal distribution network that enabled customers to place orders over the Internet for performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone (HGH).
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 21, 2007 U.S. Is Sued Over Position on Marijuana
QUOTE: The group, Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court, challenging the government’s position that marijuana, “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”
New York Times Jan 22, 2007 All Breast Cancer Patients Are Not Treated the Same
QUOTE: "When women with low incomes or low levels of education start chemotherapy for breast cancer, they routinely get insufficient doses, a new study suggests. That may be one reason they are less likely to survive the disease than other women."
New York Times Jan 19, 2007 Many in Senate Back Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Legislation Part of Growing Effort to Combat Cervical Cancer by Inoculating Middle School Girls
QUOTE: "Nearly half of the Maryland Senate has signed onto legislation introduced yesterday to mandate that middle school girls receive a new vaccine for cervical cancer."
Washington Post Jan 10, 2007 Canadian Report on SARS Cites Health System Failures
QUOTE: "The SARS epidemic that killed 44 people in Ontario in 2003 spread because of a shoddy public health system and inadequate safety practices...Throughout much of the epidemic, Canadian authorities assured the public and health workers that precautions were being taken to prevent the disease's spread."
Washington Post Jan 07, 2007 STAGE MOTHER (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: (1) Most playwrights license their work to be performed only as written -- no cuts, no "improvements".... (2) If you act openly and honestly with both departments, there's no ethical bar to your donning a uniform in one state while collecting a disability pension from another if the law permits.
uExpress Dec 26, 2006 Costs of a Crisis: Diabetics in the Workplace Confront a Tangle of Laws
QUOTE: diabetics contend that they are being blocked by their employers from the near-normal lives their doctors say are possible. But the companies say they are struggling, too, with confusion about whether diabetes is a legitimate disability and with concern about whether it is overly expensive, hazardous and disruptive to accommodate the illness.
New York Times Dec 06, 2006 New Artery Stents Raise Safety Concerns
QUOTE: "A flurry of recent research has raised alarm about the safety of a new generation of stents that have quickly become the most commonly used devices for treating clogged arteries, creating widespread concern about how to care for millions of heart-disease patients."
Washington Post Dec 02, 2006 For Iran's Isolated HIV Patients, Outreach and Treatment
QUOTE: Iranian families often ostracize their sons and daughters with HIV, casting them out into the street or treating them as strangers in their homes.
Washington Post Dec 01, 2006 Side Effects: Profit and Questions on Prostate Cancer Therapy
QUOTE: "The nearly 240,000 men in the United States who will learn they have prostate cancer this year have one more thing to worry about: Are their doctors making treatment decisions on the basis of money as much as medicine?"
New York Times Nov 17, 2006 Newly Released Data Stirs Naproxen Debate
QUOTE: "Just-released data from a trial that was stopped early in 2004 for safety reasons is re-igniting debate on the safety of two popular painkillers."
Washington Post Nov 15, 2006 African Children Often Lack Available AIDS Treatment
QUOTE: "Of 368 women in Saint Luc’s prenatal clinic so far this year, 22 were H.I.V.-positive and 16 others with H.I.V. arrived in labor. Of those who carried the virus, 15 got a dose of one drug, nevirapine, at the time of birth. None got full preventive treatment."
New York Times Nov 14, 2006 For Smokers, a Tough Call
QUOTE: "because lung cancer is such a major killer, there's going to be a lot of interest in moving [aggressive CT scanning--Ed.] down the road" and many people who say they want the test but may not understand the pitfalls....Finding a nodule usually triggers a cascade of interventions, starting with a biopsy, which can cause infection, scarring and a collapsed lung."
Washington Post Nov 13, 2006 Health Disparities Persist for Men, and Doctors Ask Why
QUOTE: "In recent years, women’s health has been a national priority. Pink ribbons warn of breast cancer...Yet statistics show that men are more likely than women to suffer an early death."
New York Times Nov 07, 2006 Vaccine for Girls Raises Thorny Issues
QUOTE: "Amy Groff has heard all about the new vaccine that guards girls against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. But the Cincinnati mother has no interest in getting her 11-year-old inoculated."
Washington Post Nov 04, 2006 Scientists Urge New Trial in Libya AIDS Case
QUOTE: "With five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on trial in Tripoli on charges that they spread H.I.V. to 426 Libyan children, hundreds of prominent scientists are rallying in their defense, calling for a new and fairer trial."
New York Times Sep 07, 2006 Nail Polish Makers Yield on Disputed Chemical
QUOTE: “If there is evidence that an ingredient causes or is suspected of causing cancer or birth defects, cosmetics companies should not be using it in their products,” said Kevin Donegan, the group’s director of communications. “Phthalates have clearly been demonstrated to cause harm.”
New York Times Aug 29, 2006 Essay: Choosing a 'God Squad,' When the Mind Has Faded
QUOTE: But now, new research shows, many patients on dialysis have severe mental impairment. Is it appropriate, or even possible, to refuse to give patients this treatment?
New York Times Aug 19, 2006 Mohels to Mozambique: The case for genital mutilation
QUOTE: The strongest argument against circumcising babies to prevent HIV is that they're too young to consent, and they won't be at risk for the virus till they're grown. But we vaccinate babies all the time. Should we treat circumcision like a vaccine?
Slate Aug 17, 2006 Children Slip Through Cracks of AIDS Efforts
QUOTE: fewer than 10 percent of pregnant women with H.I.V. in poor and middle-income countries are receiving the simple regimen of pills that can prevent the transmission of the AIDS virus to their newborns. By contrast, rich countries have virtually eliminated pediatric AIDS.
New York Times Aug 15, 2006 In Vermont, farmers buck registration efforts: A proposal would require farmers to disclose livestock data, raising worries about Big Brother
QUOTE: ...in a state where small farms...persist even in the face of burgeoning industrial agriculture, the proposal sounds to some like government intrusion on an Orwellian scale
Christian Science Monitor Aug 08, 2006 Saudi Arabia Begins to Face Hidden AIDS Problem
QUOTE: Being gay in Saudi Arabia is hard enough. But for a growing number of Saudis like Feisal, middle-aged, gay and H.I.V.-positive, life is a tangle of regret and fear...a mixture of Saudi doctors, social workers and advocates for AIDS patients have pushed the government to tackle the disease more openly and encouraged patients to fight for their rights.
New York Times Aug 01, 2006 A 10-Year Checkup: A Decade Into the E-Health Era, Online Medical Resources Pass a Real-Life Test
QUOTE: This is about the quality of health information on the Internet, all that stuff buzzing around between Web servers and computer screens intended to help people manage their health.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2006 Boy With an Allergy Wins in Battle Over City Trees
QUOTE: Last week, the tree warden for this ordinarily tranquil community had to make a decision that pitted the interests of one highly allergic 3-year-old boy against three mature hickory trees, and not everyone in the city was happy with the ruling that the trees had to go.
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