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Martha Rosenberg: Kids — Have You Taken Your Meds?

  The Year in Pills   2010 will go down as the year the diet pill Meridia and pain pill Darvon were withdrawn from the market and the heart-attack associated diabetes drug Avandia was severely restricted.   But it was also the year the Justice Department filed the first criminal, not civil, charges against a Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Scrooge and Republicans 2010

http://opinion.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c7de353ef0147e0ce815a970b-800wi

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Roger Bybee: Scrooge and Republicans 2010

http://opinion.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c7de353ef0147e0ce815a970b-800wi

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Martha Rosenberg: Ladies Pick Your Cancer

  Hormones: Still Pushed by Pharma; Still Dangerous   The medical press trumpeted again this month the shopworn pharma factoid that menopausal hormones may be good for you, not bad. This is at least the eighth time researchers have tried to resuscitate the therapy and its franchise profits since a government study linked it to Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Are You Squeamish? Sarah Palin Isn’t

On her new TLC live-action show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, Palin bludgeons a gigantic halibut to death and then displays its still-beating heart triumphantly for the at-home television audience writes New York Times' David Firestone.   During an earlier episode, she gunned down a docile, unresisting female caribou with six shots, two rifles and help from Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Should your 10-year-old get Gardasil?

  Prescription drug advertising can work miracles. With Vioxx, it got 20 million people to pay five times more for a pain reliever that doubled their risk of heart attack.   But advertising may not be working with Merck's Gardasil and GSK's Cervarix, vaccines which protect against Human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Pharma Reps Discuss Aspirin News

  Aspirin Health News Should Remind Public of Vioxx Scandal   Many Americans over 45 already take a daily, low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular events and stroke. Now a meta-analysis in this week's Lancet, the British medical weekly, reveals the low cost pain reliever may also be reducing their chances of getting cancer.   Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Thanksgiving is Only One Reason for US Obesity

    Feeling Fat? Thanksgiving Is Only One Reason   The US is the fattest of 33 countries says a recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, a group that advises governments on economic growth, social development and financial stability. Mexico and New Zealand are next runners up and the thinnest countries Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Are You Taking These Dangerous Drugs?

  Are You Taking Any of These Dangerous Drugs?   It was one step forward and two steps back for safe prescription drugs in 2010.   There was public outcry against Avandia, the heart attack-associated diabetes drug (and the conflicts of interest that kept it on the market) but some say Actos and Byetta, which Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Another Wonder Drug

How Worried Should You Be About Your Bones?   If you feel like everyone is warning you about your bones and imminent osteoporosis, you are right. Boniva, an osteoporosis drug which actress Sally Field says helps women "stop losing and start reversing" bone, is one of the top 20 most advertised drugs.   Bone drug Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Eid Sacrifice is Sad Day for Animals

Eid Slaughter Sacrifice Is Sad Day for Animals The lamb having its throat slit didn't want to die. "The animal tried to stand up but couldn't as the ground was slippery," said Christine Hafner of the International Fund For Animals on the Today's Zaman website.   Hafner was monitoring the 2008 Eid animal sacrifices in Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Conflict$ of interest

  Seven Ways Medical Conflicts of Interest are Disguised   "Trust me" used to be the punch line about how a certain obscenity is uttered by Hollywood agents.   It also used to govern the conflicts of interest policies at hospitals, universities, medical schools and scientific journals about doctors' and researchers' financial links.   But Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Sign the Recession is Over
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Martha Rosenberg: Sarah Palin Speech Skills
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Martha Rosenberg: Gee. I didn’t Feel Sick
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Martha Rosenberg: A Basket Full of Toxins
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Martha Rosenberg: Sleepy at Work? Aging Bones? Try These Drugs

Aging Bones? Sleepy at Work? There are Drugs for That   It's hard to tell the difference between the new radio ads for the McDonald's breakfast menu and the "wakefulness" drug Nuvigil because they both begin with the sound of someone snoring and alarm clocks.   But whereas McDonald's helps the morning lethargy with economy Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Is Mad Cow Back?–cartoon
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Martha Rosenberg: How Safe is the Beef and the Venison?

Is Beef At Risk of Mad Cow Disease Again?   It's been two years since rumors of mad cows in Texas sank cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange when a woman with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), human mad cow disease, was admitted to an Amarillo hospital.   "The rumor was started, and it's totally unfounded, Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Are Prescription Drugs Behind Soldier Suicides?

Are Soldiers Suicides Caused by Prescription Drugs?   The suicide rate among troops is astonishing.   In 2009 there were 160 active duty suicides, 239 suicides within the total Army including the Reserves, 146 active duty deaths from drug overdoses and high risk behavior and 1,713 suicide attempts, says the Army's suicide report, released in Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Unsafe at Any Dose–Hormone Therapy

Unsafe At Any Dose: Cancer Deaths Seen With Hormone Therapy     Want to increase your chances of getting node-positive breast cancer and dying from it?  Take hormone therapy.   Pharma's lucrative estrogen plus progestin combo is already known to increase the chance of getting breast cancer by 26 percent. But an article in this Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: GE Salmon Hearings Go Swimmingly

Stacking the Deck for Genetically Engineered Salmon   Rockville, MD   Even though the FDA held hearings about how AquAdvantage Salmon should be labeled the day after hearings about if it should be approvedthis week, it said it has not decided yet about the genetically engineered fish.   Unfortunately, its invited speakers didn't get the Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Are Your Kids Protected Against STDs?

Now that patients and payers are on to pharma's blockbuster drug agenda,  pharma is moving to lucrative vaccines and biologics to remain Wall Street darlings. More $, less generic competition.   Gardasil and other HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines are now hawked on city metro trains, pushed for children and peddled overseas for people who are Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Hefner Still Pimp in Chief

  Hefner Feted in Chicago But Movie is as Creepy as Halloween   Chicago   Looking more like a seasoned Maurice Chevalier or elder statesman than Bathrobe Erectus, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner received a standing ovation at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the screening of Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel this weekend.   Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Why is Veal Even Legal
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Martha Rosenberg: Are We Eating Clones
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Martha Rosenberg: FDA clears egg farms
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Lisa Mullenneaux: Boston Palestine Film Festival, Oct. 1-10

Budrus, Zindeeq, Je Veux Voir, Canticle of the Stones, Jaffa, No Way Through, Le Trio Joubran

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Bryan Reinholdt: March 4th Strike the Schools
C Purandar: the eleventh commandment

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Philip Qui: So Far, So Good
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Margaret Mayer: Margaret Mayer
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Bob Simpson: The State Budget Mess
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Bob Simpson: Bring ‘Em Home Now!
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Bob Simpson: Company Health Plan
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Malamas Sotiriou: General Strike photos
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