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Archives by Tag 'health care'
Yoga? It Just Might Take Your Breath Away
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It would seem like the perfect medical “marriage”.   Those born with asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that afflicts an estimated 29 million Americans, have lungs and bronchial passages too constricted to allow for healthy breathing.   Long-acting drug...
Ryan’s Austerity Budget
ANDREW FIELDHOUSE
This week House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wis) released his Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget Resolution, ...
America, Shed Your Exceptionalism
BART GRUZALSKI
I’ve never thought of writing an article that might be read as a version of a home movie from trips overseas.  Hopefully these “pictures” will be of interest to readers of CounterPunch.  My wife Marion was invited as a guest of  Mahidol University in Bangkok  to...
The Right to Sick Leave
EILEEN APPELBAUM
The tide is turning in the debate over whether all employees should be able to earn paid sick leave. The benefits for those who need to be able to take a day off when they have the flu or want to keep a sick child home from school have not been in doubt. From a people per...
The Pathology of the Processed Food Industry
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
The “Western Way Of Life” is an eating disorder. We are increasingly a culturally stunted, attention-deficit herd of obese individuals, the gooey interiors of mechanical beetles whose carapaces are the obese automobile-like trucks we drive in a constant tangle...
Life and Death in the Frack Zone
WALTER BRASCH
José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemi...
Pain Relief in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Most Haitians have very difficult lives and many of them suffer from painful conditions that are never treated. And their pain is ignored too, not because “Haitians have a higher pain tolerance”, but because Haitians are poor. When Haitians have medical...
HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?
CHRISTOPHER PETRELLA
Defenders of the for-profit prison industry reflexively insist that privatization—or the process of subjecting “correctional services” to market pressures—will naturally generate efficiencies as companies respond to competitive forces. They claim that the “marke...
What Kind of Unions Will We Have?
CAL WINSLOW
In April, 43,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California will vote, again, to decide which union will represent them, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) or the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), the latter now allied with the California Nurs...
It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave
EILEEN APPELBAUM
Tuesday, February 5, marks the 20th anniversary of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.  In the 20 years since passage, the FMLA has been used more than 100 million ti...
When the BMI is Not Enough
FAITH SIMON
I am a family nurse practitioner in a rural northern California clinic. I spend many hours a week talking to adults, parents and children about health behaviors. I ask about food choices, soda/juice intake, and family meal plans, cooking styles, grocery shopping an...
Helping Improve the Burmese People’s Health
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Following recent events in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi has asked that foreign governments take a more active role in increasing aid. This is the right time to support Burma’s precarious public health system as a way to improve the Burmese people’s dismal health status. Th...
Women & Children First! (to be Harmed by Radiation)
JOHN LaFORGE
“Woman and children first” is redefined in the nuclear age, now that science has shown that they are far more susceptible to the ravages of radiation than men and boys. The nuclear power and weapons industry, people living near reactors, practitioners of nuclea...
No Urgency for Haiti’s Poor
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. How long should we let hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in horrid tents and shacks after the earthquake of 2010? They have been living in squalid conditions for three years now. 

And how long should we let a two year old little b...
Embattled Roe v. Wade Turns 40
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Today, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, will lead a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that recognized women’s fundamental right to an abortion. In a recent s...
Health Insurance is Not Healthcare
JP SOTTILE
Insurance companies make a simple wager with you each time you sign a policy. They are betting that, over the life of the policy, they will pay out less to you and your beneficiaries than you will pay them. Insurance companies of all kinds make tidy profits on this...
Stop the Poverty, Start the Healing
ROSEANNE DEMORO
The pervasive poverty engulfing this nation comes as no surprise to America’s nurses.   They see the country’s declining condition in their patients–  an assault on the basic state of health of America’s population, with appalling effects.  Nurses are soun...
Dismissing Mad Cow as a “Random Mutation”
MARTHA ROSENBERG
After the discovery of a mad cow in its herds, Brazil is experiencing what the US went through in the early 2000′s when three mad cows were found in its food supply: rapid, across the board boycotts of its exports. Japan, China, South Africa, South Korea and Saudi A...
Did Adam Lanza Have Lyme Disease?
JESSICA BERNSTEIN
As the nation has been questioning how Adam Lanza could have committed such an unfathomable act, mental health issues have been at the forefront of the discussion. However, knowing that Newtown is located in a highly Lyme-endemic area, many in the Lyme community recognize...
Mental Illness in the Workplace
DAVID MACARAY
I once worked with two schizophrenic men.  When I say “worked with,” I don’t simply mean I was employed by the same company as they, or that I vaguely knew them.  I mean that I had occasion to work side-by-side with each of them for several weeks, as part of a fiv...
An Alliance in Healthcare
CAL WINSLOW
In a giant step forward for California healthcare workers, two of the nation’s most militant unions have joined forces in the battle against Kaiser Permanente, the giant California based healthcare corporation. It is a battle of enormous proportion, one with implication...
How Human Rights Can Save Haiti
FRAN QUIGLEY
Last month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new initiative to address the cholera epidemic in Haiti. The plan includes a variety of measures, most notably the building of desperately-needed water and sanitation infrastructure. This is not y...
Economic Plunder in Recent History
ROB URIE
In the mid 1990s Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman ...
Pregnant Women are NOT Incubators!
DAVID ROSEN
One contributing factor to Pres. Obama 2012 reelection victory was that the Christian right shot itself in the proverbial foot over of the issues of rape and abortion.  The now (in)famous comments by a half-dozen Republican candidates regarding rape helped expose the fu...
Free Trade in Medicare
DEAN BAKER
Washington policy debates are chock full of rich people telling poor and middle-class people that they will have to tighten their belts. In fact, in the crazy upside down world of Washington this passes for “courage.” Cutting back Medicare is one of the favorit...