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Anti-Vaccine Vitriol: Seeking Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorder(s)

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.03.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's my guide to 14 of the most recently identified medical conditions, like PID (Premature Intervention Disorder): the hallucinated belief by war-mongering politicians that invading other countries for ridiculously long periods of time will increase national security.

There Has to Be a Better Way

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I am convinced that one of the biggest impediments to finding cures for childhood cancer is the way we force our kids to fight. The regulatory and institutional red tape cause many parents not to enroll their children in clinical trials.

A Portrait of Activism: How to Survive a Plague

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

It is impossible to watch David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, without considering the parallels of three decades ago to today's cultural and political landscape.

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

Fighting the Wrong War on Drugs

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

2012-08-27-scblog.pngThat other drug war, which we couldn't possibly lose, is against the excessive use of legal drugs that is promoted by our own pharmaceutical companies.

Big Pharma Is Basically An Advertising Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Big Pharma might be working a lot harder to sell you products than to develop new ones. Prescription drug companies aren't putting a lot of resourc...

"Can Tobacco Cure Smoking?" And Other Highlights Of ALEC's Meeting in Salt Lake

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Recently, as General Motors and Walgreens announced they were quitting the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC members were meeting at a "five diamond" hotel in Salt Lake City to discuss how tobacco can cure smoking.

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

$3 Billion in Fines for Illegal Marketing of Paxil, Wellbutrin and Other Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Although it is encouraging to see the legal system to some degree catching up with drug company malfeasance, there are a number of problems with the criminal and civil cases brought by the Department of Justice against drug companies.

Regulators Approve Take Home HIV Test

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will soon be able to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS, now that the Food...

Merck: Using Moms and Madagascar to Market to Kids

Sheila Quirke | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Kids don't need Madagascar characters to encourage them to take meds. Kids also don't need moms throwing them parties that revolve around medicine.

The Health of Our Nation Hangs in the Balance

Matthew Heineman | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Matthew Heineman

There are innovative solutions already at work in communities across the country. There are very smart clinicians, hospital administrators, policy-makers, business executives, and community leaders who are fighting to rescue the system.

Who's Shrinking the Kids?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

More articles like the one in the New York Times are needed to inform parents about the consequences of putting excessive pressure on their kids and readily giving them powerful psychiatric medications to improve their focus and their grades.

Patients' Voices Are Changing Medical Devices

Riva Greenberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Traditionally pharma and medical device companies design health tools for health care professionals and in clinical settings. What's been missing is any thought about the end user: the patient.

Zach Carter

Issa Leaks Secret Document To Pressure Obama On Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in ...

Dollars and Sense, Baby and Bathwater: The Case for CAM Research

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we are prepared to acknowledge the widespread bullying to which both science and sense are subject at the hands of the almighty dollar, we might commit ourselves to the systematic effort of distinguishing the two.

Toil, or Tirade? Hard Truths About Hype

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Tirades are, by their very nature, apt to gain a lot of attention and "go viral." They are dramatic. They are extreme, provocative, and full of intrigue. Hype sells. Unfortunately, much of the time -- it is wrong.

Big Pharma Company Battles To Buy Gene Science Firm

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday its $2.6 billion bid for long-time partner Human Genome...

I Wanna Be Sedated

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Hegland

Last Friday, five months after receiving approval from the FDA, pharmacists finally began doling out the newest sleep aid to the groggy hordes.

Giant Company Allegedly Hid Risks Of Drug That Made Billions

AP | CHUCK BARTELS | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary downplayed and hid risks associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, a jury determined Tuesd...

Getting Clear About Voting Independent

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

What matters is having a leader, not a politician, assume political office. And so I suggest that people look to break out of the two-party trance and take on a pro-active role in taking your government back to serve You, your family, your friends, your community.

Qnexa: Desperate Measure For Desperate Times

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

FDA approval of Qnexa will represent a rather desperate measure at a desperate time for desperate individuals of a desperate society. So be it. But our desperate need to address this problem decisively is long overdue and should be the mother of far better invention than this.

Part II: Antibiotics Injected Directly Into Eggs and Other Big Pharma Secrets

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It was not a great surprise that the FDA's new cephalosporin livestock rules have the Agribusiness Seal of Approval. It was Big Pharma and Agribusiness lobbying that killed its stronger cephalosporin rules issued four years after.

Do These Drug Ads Offend You?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It's no secret that drug ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and "sell" diseases are often the most common -- and effective -- even when the drugs themselves are of questionable safety.