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The overlooked players in the torture scandal are the medical personnel
who supervise--and often participate in--acts of torture. Military
medical professionals have reportedly tailored torture sessions to the
personalities of detainees, at a time when their professional
conscience should have told them to take an ethical stand. Though
they're not the usual suspects, they should be investigated as
well.

Despite its controversy, World AIDS Day has demonstrated how vast and global the AIDS movement has gone. While the extent of AIDS advocacy was not as far-reaching then, in 1987 a burgeoning movement of health care practitioners and gay activists battled the FDA's questionable policies on AIDS drugs experimentation, which included excluding women and i.v. users from drug trials.

Reports of ethical breaches in the harvesting of human eggs for stem
cell research in Korea has focused attention on the need to protect the
health and welfare of women who might be pressured into becoming
donors.

Tennessee once had a visionary health care plan for that left only 14
percent of residents uninsured. But with federal cuts and a governor's
misguided attempt to privatize Medicaid, Tennessee is just another
state unable to protect its citizens.

Why are so few elderly people signing up for the new
Medicare drug benefit? It's cumbersome, costly and totally confusing.

Flu vaccine is in short supply this season, and the reason is that
drug companies can't make as much money protecting us from disease as
from developing expensive treatments for niche illnesses.

Stewart Simonson is a former Amtrak corporate attorney
with zero medical experience. So why is he in charge of emergency
health and bioterrorism in the federal government?

It has all the makings of a horror flick, but panic over a
possible bird flu pandemic is following a time-honored script:
sensational media reports, profit-hungry drug manufacturers and
politicians eager to capitalize on fears.

When John G. Roberts Jr. counseled President Ronald
Reagan on AIDS policies, did he willfully perpetuate the myth that AIDS
can be spread by casual contact?

The Gulf Coast hurricanes have raised new questions
about the integrity and competence of the American Red Cross to respond
to national emergencies. In this report from The Nation
archive, Linda Heller raised early alarms. July 1, 1996, issue

Blogs

An unlikely alliance takes on the Affordable Care Act. 

December 17, 2013

The anti-apartheid hero asked world leaders to “have the courage to ensure that, at last, we build a human world consistent with the provisions of that historic Declaration.”

December 10, 2013

America’s HIV epidemic is concentrated and most deadly in the Southern states, but two policies could have a profound effect on the illness. 

December 6, 2013

We’ve come so far in the struggle against AIDS, but the most marginalized in society are still suffering.

December 3, 2013

Most benefits will run out before the end of the month--and some have already been cut. 

November 27, 2013

President Obama, aka Middle-Man, is having a rough month.

November 25, 2013

As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

You've got to admire their creativity.

November 19, 2013

Hows that market-based, buggy healthcare exchange working out for you?

November 12, 2013

Gene Farley was a brilliant champion of economic and social justice, peace and, above all, single-payer health care.

November 11, 2013