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Climate Change Brings More Deadly Heat Waves

(22) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 6:26 PM

Chances are that if you are living in the United States right now, you are experiencing sweltering heat.

Blazing hot temperatures are blanketing much of the US. While July is always a warm month, the extent and duration of this year's heat is unusual and deadly. News reports indicate that...

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Environmental Toxins: What You're Not Being Told

(159) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 12:18 PM

I have been thinking about environmental toxins a lot lately. From the nuclear accident in Fukushima Japan to the 25th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl to my own work as part of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition -- a group of 50 nonprofits working to clean...

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Local Tea Party Candidate, Local Smears

(18) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 1:03 PM

As a progressive Democrat, I am happy and proud to live in Jan Schakowsky's district. She was a major supporter of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, and is committed to protecting our environment and keeping Medicare and...

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Gulf Oil Spill: Green Energy Is Healthy Energy

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 9:00 AM

It's been a big couple of weeks for energy policy news. President Obama addressed the nation last Tuesday, giving an oval office address on the Gulf Coast oil spill. His speech had many detractors, but he did start to link the oil disaster to the creation of a...

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Dr. Government Will See You Now

(72) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 10:08 AM

The Florida urologist who posted the announcement on his office door this week asking all supporters of President Obama's health care reform bill to seek medical care elsewhere caused quite a stir. As a primary care physician, I think his actions were both unethical and immoral,...

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Hell, No -- Lieberman Has Got To Go!

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 11:31 AM

Sen Joe Lieberman likes to take center stage whenever he can, it seems, and this time he is threatening to side with the Republicans, and filibuster the Senate's health care bill unless the Democrats drop expanded Medicare coverage and the public option from the proposed bill. Joe, I...

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Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Supports Human Health

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 3:33 PM

Today's announcement that President Obama won this year's Nobel Peace Prize not only strengthened the peace process, it also benefited human health worldwide.

Many of President Obama's efforts thus far to reduce and eventually eliminate the global stockpile of nuclear weapons could prove more beneficial than any other action...

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Iran's Nuclear Program Threatens Human Health

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2009 | 12:32 PM

As news of Iran's nuclear program made headlines today and nuclear tensions increase, we must remind ourselves that nuclear war is not 'winnable,' and that only steps towards zero nuclear weapons will make America safe.

President Obama opened his talk at the G-20, according to the New York...

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White Supremacists Need Health Care, Too

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 2:43 PM

In the 15 years I have been working as a doctor, I have probably not treated too many white supremacists. I have worked in community health centers in Boston and in the Chicago area, and most of my patients, who are mostly uninsured, are either African American or Latino/a. But...

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It's The Health Insurance Lobby, Stupid!

(13) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 6:24 PM

Would a mere $2,154,200 change how you voted on the health care reform bill? If that's not quite enough, would $3,973,485 or $8,994,077 be more to your liking? Ask Senators Kent Conrad, Max Baucus and John Kerry. These multi-million dollar sums represent total donations from the health insurance industry...

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One Doctor Goes To Great Lengths For Universal Health Insurance

(24) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 8:29 AM

Some people will do anything to advance the cause of universal health care in the United States. One dedicated doctor with blisters and sore muscles just completed a rather long walk for the cause--700 miles long.

Dr. Ogan Gurel set off from Chicago about one month ago, intent on walking...

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Health Care Rationing? The US Has Been Rationing Care for Years

(13) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 12:48 PM

Conservative pundits and politicians so quickly jump all over the Democrats' attempts to provide health care for all, bemoaning that any expansion of government programs will lead to health care rationing. Images of middle-aged men standing in line at the local hospital, clutching their chests and popping nitroglycerine pills while...

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Vaccines Save Lives: Here's Proof

(25) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 3:32 PM

Every medical student knows that a patient who has possibly contracted bacterial meningitis requires emergency spinal fluid testing and initiation of antibiotic treatment, and that one particular strain of bacterial meningitis, Neisseria meningitidis, can kill healthy humans within hours.

Six years ago, the Chicago Health Department embarked on an...

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Should a Former Playboy Model Trump an Experienced Health Care Expert? You Decide

(1463) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 8:08 PM

This weekend, Chicago-area parents wondering whether or not to vaccinate their babies, toddlers, school-age kids or teenagers face a tough decision when it comes to expert advice: should they listen to Jenny McCarthy or to their pediatrician? McCarthy is slated to give the key-note speech at the Autism One...

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The Chicago Flu Response: Preparedness Versus Overkill

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 2:48 PM

What a difference a few days makes.

Last week, schools attended by children with probable H1N1 (swine) flu cases were shutting down in Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs. Hospital administrators were insisting on daily temperatures checks on all their employees, and sending home any employee who had an...

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