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Nadia Prupis – Initiatives to help addicts highlight links between legally prescribed pain medication and opioid addiction

Faced with a growing nationwide opioid addiction, health and consumer advocates say it’s time to identify and sever ties with the culprits behind the scourge—pain medication manufacturers and the companies who promote their products. In Massachusetts, which recently saw a spike in deaths related to heroin overdoses, police and community organizations in Gloucester implemented a new program this year—known as …

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Felicia Kornbluh & Gwendolyn Mink – Poor Mothers Don’t Matter in Welfare Policy

This week marks the 19th anniversary of legislation that conditions income assistance for parents and children on participation in a disciplinary program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Over the lifetime of the brutal TANF regime, the provision of actual income assistance has been overshadowed by the imposition of rules and services to regulate poor mothers’ lives. As …

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Alma Carten – How the Legacy of Slavery Affects the Mental Health of BlackAmericans Today

On July 22, in announcing the federal indictment of Charleston killer Dylann Roof, Attorney General Loretta Lynch commented [3] that the expression of forgiveness offered by the victims’ families is “an incredible lesson and message for us all.” Forgiveness and grace are, indeed, hallmarks of the Black Church. Since slavery, the church has been a formidable force for the survival of blacks …

Coincidence Disorder Reaching Epidemic Levels – Levi Quackenboss

Parents of disabled children, desperate to blame someone for their bad genetics or inexplicable acts of God, have taken to social media in recent years as a “vocal minority” to blame their woes on life-saving measures whose side effects we all know are exceedingly rare:  vaccines. As much as our hearts break for these parents raising non-verbal autistic children in …

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The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child – LINDSAY ABRAMS

New recommendations released earlier this year by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), an independent group of doctors and nutritionists, say we should cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. In response, congressional Republicans are throwing a temper tantrum. But because “you can’t make us eat more fruits and vegetables” sounds kind of petulant, they’re pretending their …

Amid Torture, Experts Say CIA’s Other Crime Was ‘Human Experimentation’ – Jon Queally

After the Central Intelligence Agency was given authority to begin torturing suspected terrorists in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, newly published documents show that another of that program’s transgressions, according to experts, was a gross violation of medical ethics that allowed the agency to conduct what amounted to “human experimentation” on people who became test subjects …

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What Is the “Real Risk” from Terrorism in America?

As We Show In This Updated list, You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Brain-Eating Parasites, Toddlers, Lightning, Falling Out of Bed, Alcoholism, Food Poisoning, Choking On Your Meal, a Financial Crash, Obesity, Medical Errors or “Autoerotic Asphyxiation” than by Terrorists Preface: Bad government policy has increased the level of terrorism. And corruption in our security agencieshas allowed attacks to succeed which …

Government Removes Vaccine Injury Data By Anne Dachel

May 31, 2015, SharylAttkisson.com: Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims’ Court Decisions and Concessions Not Reflected in Revised Government Chart In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics-more than a year’s worth of data-from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” …

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Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds – Alan Mozes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation may help explain a recent surge in the number of Americans with whooping cough (pertussis).MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. “Among adolescents, within the …

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SURGEON GENERAL TARGETS CHILDREN, VIOLATES FTC & FDA LAWS? – Jeffrey Jaxen

To kick off National Infant Immunization Week, the U.S. Surgeon General teamed up with Sesame Street and Elmo for behavior placement directed at your children. Apparently, the campaign seeks to convince the real decision makers when it comes to childhood and infant vaccination; the children and infants. Having undertones of plain creepiness throughout the advertisement, the Surgeon General implies to your children and Elmo …