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Aug 19, 2011 Antibacterial Chemical Raises Safety Issues

QUOTE: a battle over the active ingredient in Dial Complete and many other antibacterial soaps, a chemical known as triclosan...Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance...F.D.A. has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2011 Wall St. and Food: An Unhealthy Business Model: PepsiCo's CEO is under fire for pushing healthier products—and the drama says a lot about how the industry works

QUOTE: Hailed as a strategic visionary since taking PepsiCo's reins nearly five years ago, Mrs. Nooyi is facing doubts from investors and industry insiders concerned that her push into healthier brands has distracted the company from some core products....Products that PepsiCo calls "good for you" still make up only about 20% of revenue. The bulk still comes from drinks and snacks the company dubs "fun for you," including Lay's potato chips, Doritos corn chips and Pepsi-Cola...

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jun 14, 2011 F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims

QUOTE: After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administration took steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof. The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering “broad spectrum” protection.

New York Times
Feb 15, 2011 Where there's smoke, there's ire: Condo conflict lights up in Hessian Hills

QUOTE: Residents feeling tarred and nicotined by smoking neighbors are not anti-tobacco video from California shows how smoke can seep through apartment complexes.

Jun 01, 2010 Antiradiation Products With Some Science in Them

QUOTE: There is still no definitive evidence that electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices like cellphones and Wi-Fi networks is hazardous. But many companies are profiting from public concern about the issue, most by selling unscientific placebos, usually pendants or decals that do nothing to stop the radiation.

New York Times
May 24, 2010 For Children in Sports, a Breaking Point

QUOTE: Encouraged by parents and coaches, many with visions of glory and scholarships, too many young athletes are being pushed — or are pushing themselves — to the point of breaking down, physically and sometimes emotionally.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2009 Swine flu: Without paid sick leave, workers won't stay home: Many workers choose to work if they don't have paid sick leave. Now, partly because of swine flu, 15 states are considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory.

QUOTE: Nearly half of all American workers do not have paid sick leave, and half of these are more likely to go to work feeling unwell – or send an ill child to school – rather than take an unpaid day off.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 26, 2009 Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance: Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines

QUOTE: With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination.

Washington Post
Sep 20, 2009 Why Health Care Will Never Be Equal (Economic Views)

QUOTE: How should we, as a society, decide who gets the benefits of this medical breakthrough?

New York Times
Aug 23, 2009 Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk

QUOTE: Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V....

New York Times
Aug 23, 2009 Calls to tax junk food gain ground: A surcharge on cigarettes has helped curb smoking, but will the same tactic work to fight obesity?

QUOTE: To make a significant dent in escalating rates of obesity, taxes would have to be steep and widespread.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 19, 2009 Report: HPV vaccine may be going to the wrong women

QUOTE: some doctors now question whether the [HPV] vaccine has been overpromoted to affluent women who need it least instead of patients most at risk of dying from the disease.

Aug 17, 2009 Diabetes Case Shows Pitfalls of Treatment Rules

QUOTE: setting [healthcare] guidelines that are good for every patient, it turns out, can get messy, with some experts warning that a big national plan of this sort poses risks.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2009 Who’s to Blame for a Missed Diagnosis? (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Diagnostic failures, or diagnoses that are delayed or in error, are an increasingly popular topic of research in patient safety.

New York Times
Jul 29, 2009 Smoking bans, taxes burn cigar makers

QUOTE: The rise in smoking bans across the country and a unprecedented hike in taxes on tobacco are proving to be crippling [for cigar makers].

Jul 28, 2009 Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating: Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says

QUOTE: The International Agency for Research on Cancer on Tuesday moved tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans," according to a new report.

Jul 27, 2009 Big Tobacco's New Targets

QUOTE: In Africa the battle for the hearts, minds and lungs of new smokers is being waged particularly aggressively.

Time Magazine
Jul 22, 2009 Nobody's Normal Anymore: Should we blame overdiagnosis for rising health costs?

QUOTE: It's tempting to complain that Americans today are wussy hypochondriacs, overmedicated and overtreated for all kinds of imagined disorders. Some of them no doubt are. But, to take my personal experience as an example, many aren't.

Jul 20, 2009 Postpartum Depression: Do All Moms Need Screening?

QUOTE: Does PPD [Postpartum Depression] screening identify cases of real depression or simply contribute to the potentially dangerous medicalization of motherhood?

Time Magazine
Jul 20, 2009 U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving (Driven to Distraction)

QUOTE: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 Should Racial Profiling Play a Role in Cancer Prognosis? Two recent studies indicate that the genetics of race influences the survivability of some cancers, but the conclusions are not so black and wh

QUOTE: Two research teams, however, have recently suggested that the genetics of race itself is likely to be a contributor [to higher cancer rates in African-Americans]. Exactly how significant the findings are and just what they mean for treatment is unclear, but some scientists worry that African-Americans could take such conclusions the wrong way, leading them not to seek treatment.

Scientific American
Jun 27, 2009 No news can be bad news with medical test results

QUOTE: In a study, one of 14 patients with troubling lab results on routine blood and screening tests were not notified.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 25, 2009 Heading for the emergency room (Reforming American health care)

QUOTE: The American health-care system, which gobbles up about 16% of the country’s economic output, is by far the most expensive in the world...

Jun 23, 2009 Bringing Down the House: The sobering lessons of health reform in Massachusetts. (Prescriptions)

QUOTE: Despite having health insurance, roughly one in 10 [Massachusetts] state residents still failed to fill prescriptions, ended up with unpaid medical bills, or skipped needed medical care for financial reasons. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to insure more Massachusetts citizens, but many people still weren't getting necessary care.

May 07, 2009 10 Things Your Nutritionist Won't Tell You

QUOTE: "Take your vitamins with a spoonful of skepticism....I can't cure your stress eating...but the obesity epidemic is sure fattening my wallet"

Smart Money
May 06, 2009 Government Reports Criticize Health Care System

QUOTE: Two annual government reports released Wednesday show that progress in improving the quality of health care and narrowing health disparities among ethnic groups remains agonizingly slow, and that patient safety may actually be declining.

New York Times
Mar 26, 2009 A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market

QUOTE: medical authorities recommended that they receive it [the Gardasil vaccine--Ed.] at age 11 or 12 to protect them before they start having sex. Critics worried that vaccinating children would send a subtle signal that their parents assumed they would become sexually active and that it would give youngsters a false sense of security.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2008 Health Tests To Think Twice About

QUOTE: Two problems with preventive health screens: First, plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments; others work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. Second, these screens can cost thousands of dollars, and many aren't covered by insurance.

Sep 19, 2008 Drug Label, Maimed Patient and Crucial Test for Justices

QUOTE: In legal jargon, the cases concern “pre-emption,” a doctrine that can bar injured consumers like Ms. Levine from suing in state court when the products that hurt them had met federal standards. The issue is less boring and more consequential than it sounds, and Ms. Levine’s case is shaping up to be the most important business case of the term.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2008 Indians’ Water Rights Give Hope for Better Health

QUOTE: More than a hundred years ago, the Gila River, siphoned off by farmers upstream, all but dried up here in the parched flats south of Phoenix, plunging an Indian community that had depended on it for centuries of farming into starvation and poverty....after decades of litigation that produced the largest water-rights settlement ever in Indian country, the Indians here are getting some of their water back.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2008 Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Rise

QUOTE: In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment... The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.

New York Times
Aug 07, 2008 A Better Way To Speed Up The Adoption of Vaccines

QUOTE: Many vaccines are implemented slowly, particularly in developing countries, and nearly 11 million children die every year due to a lack of vaccinations.

May 19, 2008 Inertia at the Top: Belated, Patchy Response Further Hamstrung By Inadequate Federal Attention, Experts Say ("Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children" part 2 of 5)

QUOTE: "The sense of this as a national health priority just doesn't come through," said Jeffrey P. Koplan...The top recommendation of that seminal report was for the government to convene a high-level, interdepartmental task force to guide a coordinated response. No such body has been assembled.

Washington Post
May 14, 2008 Lawmaker: Nation's food system is collapsing

QUOTE: As nearly 12 million cattle nationwide are being readied for slaughter this year to satisfy America's passion for beef, new questions have arisen about the safety of the nation's meat supply and the agency that oversees it.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 13, 2008 Court Hears More Claims of Vaccine-Autism Link

QUOTE: In this hearing, parents are claiming that thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, damaged their children’s brains.

New York Times
May 11, 2008 System of Neglect (Careless Detention): As Tighter Immigration Policies Strain Federal Agencies, The Detainees in Their Care Often Pay a Heavy Cost

QUOTE: Federal officials who oversee immigration detention said last week that they are "committed to ensuring the safety and well-being" of everyone in their custody. Some 83 detainees have died in, or soon after, custody during the past five years. The deaths are the loudest alarms about a system teetering on collapse.

Washington Post
May 10, 2008 Illegal Farm Workers Get Health Care in Shadows

QUOTE: The people [immigrants] need help because they are in the United States illegally and because they are poor. Few have health insurance, but the backbreaking nature of their work, along with the toxicity of American poverty, insure that many are ailing.

New York Times
Apr 22, 2008 Brushed Off No Longer: Citing Gaps in Care, Hygienists Are Beginning to Treat Patients Without Direct Supervision by Dentists

QUOTE: Dentists have long served as the gatekeepers of dental care. But if they eased up on their control, Polydoroff and others say, hygienists' skills could help alleviate the acute shortage of oral health services in poor urban neighborhoods, isolated rural communities, nursing homes and schools.

Washington Post
Jan 18, 2008 Growth of Genetic Tests Concerns Federal Panel

QUOTE: The science of genetic tests is marching ahead...What is not keeping up is regulation and oversight, according to a federal advisory panel. The panel concluded that a growing number of the tests are being marketed with claims that are unproved, ambiguous, false or misleading.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2007 Taking U.S. pulse on paid sick leave

QUOTE: No state has passed a mandatory sick leave law yet. Business groups worry that the idea will become a new hot-button issue — like raising the minimum wage — that has popular appeal but hidden costs.

Nov 05, 2007 Ex-inmate sues over disfiguring infection: Prison delayed care, putting life at risk, man says

QUOTE: Charles Lee Manning, 60, contends the DOC and the medical staff at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen were negligent in treating an infection he contracted while he was an inmate there and violated his civil rights by not providing adequate medical care for his condition.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Nov 04, 2007 Off Target in the War on Cancer: An Ounce of Prevention

QUOTE: those who profit from the continued use of some risky technologies have devised well-financed efforts to sow doubt about many modern [cancer-related--Ed.] hazards, taking their cue from the machinations of the tobacco industry. The best crafted public relations campaigns masquerade as independent scientific information from unimpeachable authorities.

Washington Post
Oct 18, 2007 Birth Control Allowed for Maine Middle Schoolers

QUOTE: “This is really a violation of parents’ rights,” Peter Doyle, a Portland resident, told the committee. “If there were a constitutional challenge, you guys would be at risk of a lawsuit.”

New York Times
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
Aug 28, 2007 Demand for Prenatal Care for Poor Strains Localities

QUOTE: But recent efforts in Loudoun and Prince William counties to expand services to keep up with the demands of the growing population of uninsured or low-income pregnant women have stalled, and local health-care communities are scrambling for solutions.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2007 New Bush Policies Limit Reach of Child Insurance Plan

QUOTE: New administrative hurdles... are aimed at preventing parents with private insurance for their children from availing of the government-subsidized State Children's Health Insurance Program. But Democrats and children's advocates said that the announcement will jeopardize coverage for children whose parents work at jobs that do not provide employer-paid insurance.

Washington Post
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 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 03, 2007 The Consumer: When the Surgeon Is Infected, How Safe Is the Surgery?

QUOTE: Viruses like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and H.I.V. are spread by blood-to-blood contact… Despite the risk, however, there is no mandatory testing of surgeons for blood-borne viruses, and infected health care workers are not prohibited from practicing medicine or invasive surgery.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2007 Schumer Wants More Scrutiny of Imports: Senator Calls for New Federal Regulator, Citing Recent Recalls of Chinese-Made Goods

QUOTE: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called yesterday for the creation of a federal import czar, blaming problems with the safety and quality of Chinese imports on unexacting inspections and a bureaucratic morass.

Washington Post

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