May 25, 2013
"Fortune’ s account of what occurred inside Ranbaxy and how the FDA responded to it raises serious questions about whether our government can effectively safeguard a drug supply that last year was 84% generic, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, much of that manufactured in distant places. More than 80% of active pharmaceutical ingredients for all U.S. drugs now come from overseas, as do 40% of finished pills and capsules."

Katherine Eban at CNNMoneyDirty medicine

The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.

May 24, 2013
"Saudi Arabia lamented Thursday that foreign drug companies had patented the new SARS-like virus that has killed 22 people worldwide in less than a year, slowing down the diagnosis process considerably."

AFP/jc Channel NewsAsiaSARS-like virus patent complicating diagnosis

April 18, 2013
"If we intend to develop policies that are fair and just, we must collaborate with sex workers themselves to afford them the dignity that they and all of us deserve. It’s time for sex workers’ rights to be an integrated part of the global human rights agenda."

Ruth Messinger at RH Reality CheckWhy Sex Workers Must Be Part of the Global Human Rights Agenda

March 28, 2013
"And the mosquito nets are having a significant knock-on benefit for families: in Kisii, preliminary results show that farmers are reporting 40 percent fewer cases of malaria in their homes. While Kenyans often attribute illness to malaria without knowing the true cause, a direct human health benefit shouldn’t come as a surprise."

Sociolingo at SocioLingo AfricaNetting flies and mosquitoes protects livestock, boosts milk yields

 @sociolingo on Twitter

March 25, 2013
Another AIDS Casualty

David France in New York Magazine.

Dr. Ramon Torres was a hero on the front lines against the epidemic for over a decade. It was when the war began to be won that he got lost.

A long read, but David France touches on issues so much bigger than Dr. Torres. The system for health care is broken in so many ways. That takes a toll on doctors and all the people working to prevent death and restore health. 

Via L.E. Long at Sunday reading.

March 25, 2013
"If penis stealing seems beyond-the-pale weird, consider what people in Tiringoulou might think upon hearing of Americans who starve themselves near to death because their reflection in the mirror convinces them they are fat."

Louisa Lombard in Pacific Standard MagazineMissing Pieces

Africa’s genital-stealing crime wave hits the countryside.

Via Kerim Friedman at Sunday Reading

January 31, 2013
"It seems to me that no matter the level of health care available without addressing the underlying poverty, any health care is ‘bandaid’ medicine and yes a bandaid is better than nothing but people deserve something more than ‘better than nothing’."

Sokari Ekine at Black LooksHaiti: Occassional Musings – 6

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July 13, 2012
"From the patterns and from the severity, from the prevalence of the disease, this must be a situation in which the dust in many, many mines is simply not adequately controlled,” says Edward Petsonk, a pulmonologist at West Virginia University and a consultant for NIOSH. “There’s nothing else that could possibly cause this."

Howard Berkes reports on NPRAs Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge

March 2, 2012
"The risk of having a child with Down Syndrome for a woman in her 20s is 1 in 1,250. At age 45, the risk jumps to 1 in 30. At 49, it’s 1 in 10. Most American women who conceive a disabled child choose to abort. Santorum is certainly free to find fault with this on moral grounds. But if disabled children are gifts from God, as Santorum has said, why make it harder for parents to care for them? More people, too, might forgo abortion if they could be sure that bearing a disabled child would not bankrupt them."

Stephanie Mencimer in Mother JonesRick Santorum: Obamacare Poster Boy

The candidate’s tax returns reveal staggering medical bills that would bankrupt many Americans—yet Santorum wants to roll back programs that would help families like his.

March 2, 2012
"I guess my reaction is the reaction a lot of women have when they’ve been called these names. Initially you’re stunned but then, very quickly, you’re outraged because this is, historically, the kind of language that is used to silence women, especially women who stand up and say that these are their reproductive health care needs and this is what they need. And what’s been amazing to me today is the outpouring of support. Everyone from members of Congress to Georgetown faculty to so many women who’ve contacted me, and I think it’s clear from what they’ve said that they’re not going to be silenced by this."

Sandra Fluke interviewed by Ed Schultz via Mediaite. Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke Responds To Being Called ‘Slut,’ ‘Prostitute’ By Limbaugh

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