A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.
The Atlantic, By Erica Hellerstein, June 27
The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83; a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors [...]
Researchers discovered carbapenem-resistant bacteria in raw squid for the first time.
Salon.com, By Lindsay Abrams, June 12
A dangerous “superbug” has made its way into the North American food supply for the first time, Canadian researchers announced Wednesday. Routine testing of raw squid, imported from South Korea, revealed a strain of bacteria resistant to carbapenems, [...]
By now, you’ve read or heard about the terrible tragedy in Santa Barbara last week: some rich white kid shot up a college campus apparently missed the one thing that would validate his entire existence.
Res Ipsa Loquitur, By Jonathan Turley, May 23
I recently testified (here and here and here) and wrote a column on President Obama’s increasing circumvention of Congress in negating or suspending U.S. laws. Obama has repeated suspended provisions of the health care law and made unilateral changes that were previously rejected by Congress. He has [...]
New York Times Magazine, By Michael Behar, May 23
One morning in May 1998, Kevin Tracey converted a room in his lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., into a makeshift operating theater and then prepped his patient — a rat — for surgery. A neurosurgeon, and also Feinstein Institute’s president, [...]
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome death toll is creeping upwards. BBC… whilst Ebola death toll now revised downwards, appears to have been miscalculated . Whew!
See, that didn’t hurt a bit!
President Barack Obama took a victory lap around the Rose Garden yesterday, as the Affordable Care Act hit the point of no return:
The day has arrived when Obamacare comes out of rehearsals and goes fully live, and guess what? It’s already outperformed expectations:
Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly.
The Observer, By Vanessa Thorpe, March 29
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black [...]
Canadian film director, writer, and producer Karen Lam whose chosen genre is horror with a feminist twist, posed this provocative question.
Lam’s choice and musings were influenced by her father’s penchant for twisted storytelling and the real-life violence committed against women. What particularly stood out for Lam were the cruel murders of 49 women by [...]
Independent, By Sarah Knapton
Men should not leave fatherhood too late because children of older fathers are more likely to suffer a raft of psychological and educational problems, scientists have warned.
The biggest study of its kind has found that the children of fathers aged over 45 were at greater risk of autism, bipolar disorder [...]
The Tyee, By Jude Isabella
Recent science confirms conventional brain health wisdoms, and throws a few curveballs.
[Editor's note: Science writer Jude Isabella recently attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Chicago, and her dispatches are running on The Tyee this week. Stay tuned for more.]
To live a [...]
BBC, February 13
Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.
When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.
I’m no big fan of “Obamacare,” still consider it a horribly botched piece of legislation, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to jump onto any silly bandwagon that provides an opportunity to bash it. I’m referring to the latest such effort of using the CBO report which says that Obamacare “will cost 2.5 million jobs” [...]
It’s nice to see a CEO realize that a product is not in keeping with the mission statement of a corporation: