The Illinois and North Carolina examples should serve as a lesson to the rest of the country about what happens when hospitals financial interests are allowed to dictate decisions about health-care for the poor.
The National Nurses Union and California Nurses Association, a founding affiliate, have called for RN-to-Patient staffing ratios, which would help ensure a set number of qualified nurses proportionate to the patient population.
A healthy environment is not a luxury item. It is an essential human right. We not only need to defend our air, our water, our food supply, our homes and communities, we need to defend the first environment -- the bodies of our families, our children and grandchildren.
ASCO's admonition to avoid ineffective treatment is unlikely to constrain the use of chemotherapy in advanced cancer significantly, because although it's good advice, it's difficult to put into practice.