News and Features
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
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
Some people are scaring themselves about the wrong
things in ways that are doing terrorists' work for them. Here's one
physician's prescription for bringing irrational fears under control.
As Big Pharma increasingly turns to the Third World to test its products, this lush film will spark outrage, but glosses over the constant vigilance necessary to police drug trials.