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Some US hospitals are deporting pathients without consulting any court
Associated Press - Tue Apr 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital while the American health care system weighed what to do with the two immigrants from Mexico. More»

Pediatricians call to keep thimerosal in vaccines
Reuters - Mon Dec 17, 2012
A mercury-containing preservative rarely used in the United States should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, US pediatricians said Monday, in a move that may be controversial. More»

Photo: Let's Have Neurotoxins for Dinner. We Trust the Supply Chain! Let's Have Neurotoxins for Dinner. We Trust the Supply Chain!
MSNBC - Wed Jun 27, 2012
A federal plan to battle invasive lionfish by dishing them up on America's dinner plates may have backfired with the news that the flamboyantly-finned creatures can harbor a potentially dangerous neurotoxin. More»

Photo: Baby soaps and shampoos trigger positive marijuana tests Baby soaps and shampoos trigger positive marijuana tests
Time - Wed Jun 20, 2012
Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns' marijuana screening tests. More»

Photo: Guatemalans to file appeal over STD experiments Guatemalans to file appeal over STD experiments
CNN - Sun Jun 17, 2012
The victims and heirs of US experiments involving sexually transmitted diseases and human subjects in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948 will appeal following the dismissal of their lawsuit against the US government. More»

Suicides Outpacing War Deaths for Troops
New York Times - Sat Jun 9, 2012
The suicide rate among the nation's active-duty military personnel has spiked this year, eclipsing the number of troops dying in battle and on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago, the Pentagon said Friday. More»

Photo: US denies name change for high-fructose corn syrup US denies name change for high-fructose corn syrup
AFP - Thu May 31, 2012
US regulators denied a request to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup to merely "corn sugar," in a high-profile dispute between two industries. More»

Photo: Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow, USDA Says Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow, USDA Says
Huffington Post - Tue Apr 24, 2012
The USDA has confirmed that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. More»

For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals
The Atlantic - Tue Mar 27, 2012
Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction -- but they won't be able to share it with their patients. More»

Photo: Wal-Mart pulls formula after baby dies in Missouri Wal-Mart pulls formula after baby dies in Missouri
Associated Press - Fri Dec 23, 2011
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Wal-Mart and health officials awaited tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection. More»

Photo: Even those insured may face big bills Even those insured may face big bills
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Sep 10, 2011
State Representative Rusty Kidd was being carried down stairs in his wheelchair last November when one of the steps suddenly broke. More»

Photo: Pesticides in food linked to ADHD in kids Pesticides in food linked to ADHD in kids
MSNBC - Sat Sep 10, 2011
Levels of pesticides commonly encountered across the country in food as well as around the home are significantly increasing children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and could be causing an increase in the number of children living with the condition, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. More»

Modified ecstasy "attacks blood cancers"
BBC - Tue Aug 23, 2011
Modified ecstasy could one day have a role to play in fighting some blood cancers, according to scientists. More»

Photo: New Study Links Mountaintop Removal to 60,000 Additional Cancer Cases New Study Links Mountaintop Removal to 60,000 Additional Cancer Cases
AlterNet - Tue Jul 26, 2011
Among the 1.2 million American citizens living in mountaintop removal mining counties in central Appalachia, an additional 60,000 cases of cancer are directly linked to the federally sanctioned strip-mining practice. More»

Photo: Experts say cellphones are possibly carcinogenic Experts say cellphones are possibly carcinogenic
Associated Press - Mon May 30, 2011
LONDON - An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies. More»

Tech Indicted In Case Of Woman Dying In ER
CNN - Mon May 16, 2011
NEW YORK - A psychiatric technician was indicted Monday for reckless endangerment and falsifying hospital records, including those of a patient who died unattended on an emergency room floor, according to District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. More»

Photo: Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews
AFP - Sun Apr 17, 2011
RACELAND, Louisiana - Jamie Simon worked on a barge in the oily waters for six months following the BP spill last year, cooking for the cleanup workers, washing their clothes and tidying up after them. More»

Photo: Staph Bacteria on Nearly Half of US Meat Supply Staph Bacteria on Nearly Half of US Meat Supply
CNN - Thu Apr 14, 2011
Almost half of the meat and poultry sold at US supermarkets and grocery stores contains a type of bacteria that is potentially harmful to humans, a new study estimates. More»

Pregnant Iowa Woman Arrested for Falling Down
Associated Press - Thu Mar 17, 2011
Life can't get much worse for Christine Taylor. More»

Guatemalans sue U.S. government for infecting them with STDs
Yahoo! - Sun Mar 13, 2011
Guatemalan survivors of the experiments and the survivors of deceased test subjects are suing the US government. More»

Photo: Study Finds Cellphone Radiation Changes Brain Activity Study Finds Cellphone Radiation Changes Brain Activity
The Daily Beast - Tue Feb 22, 2011
NEW YORK - A groundbreaking study published today by one of the world's leading neuroscientists challenges the longstanding conviction that radiation emitted from cellphones is too weak to have an effect on the brain. More»

Organic Meat and Dairy Are About to Be History
AlterNet / By Ari LeVaux - Tue Feb 15, 2011
The Obama administration struck a blow to freedom in the realms of food and agriculture late January, when the USDA deregulated genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed. More»

Photo: Patient Dumping: Brain surgery patient put in cab Patient Dumping: Brain surgery patient put in cab
KOMO-TV - Sun Feb 6, 2011
SEATTLE - A brain surgery patient was left wandering lost and disoriented in an unfamiliar neighborhood on a rainy night in his hospital gown after the University of Washington Medical Center sent him home in a taxi. More»

Company recalls ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination
CNN - Sat Feb 5, 2011
Washington - A California company has recalled more than 3,000 pounds of fresh ground beef patties and other packages of ground beef products that may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria, the US Agriculture Department said Saturday. More»

Photo: Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom
Associated Press - Mon Jan 3, 2011
The natural gas boom gripping parts of the US has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, that most states require drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet deep. More»

Photo: Insurance Industry Executive Apologizes to Michael Moore Insurance Industry Executive Apologizes to Michael Moore
Raw Story - Mon Nov 22, 2010
Filmmaker Michael Moore received an apology from a former health insurance industry executive for his role in attempting to smear the documentarian and his documentary on the for-profit health care industry, Sicko. More»

Photo: Frozen vegetables recall: glass shards in Wal-Mart, Kroger veggies Frozen vegetables recall: glass shards in Wal-Mart, Kroger veggies
Christian Science Monitor - Wed Oct 20, 2010
A Tennessee company is recalling 12 tons of frozen peas and other frozen vegetables marketed by Kroger and Wal-Mart because they may contain pieces of glass. More»

U.S. apologises for scientists DELIBERATELY infecting mentally ill patients with STDs
The Daily Mail - Fri Oct 1, 2010
America faces global outrage after it apologised for deliberately infecting patients in a mental hospital with STDs in science experiments. More»

Photo: Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain
BBC - Tue Aug 31, 2010
Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves, a study suggests. More»

Photo: Is Your Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones? Is Your Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?
Huffington Post - Wed Aug 18, 2010
Monsanto has been in the news this week, with a US District Court Judge ruling that the USDA has to at least go through the motions of regulating the company's genetically engineered sugar beets. More»

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