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NIH to Labs: Start Including Women in Drug Studies

Unbelievable:

Pills via wikimedia commons

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For decades, scientists have embarked on the long journey toward a medical breakthrough by first experimenting on laboratory animals. Mice or rats, pigs or dogs, they were usually male: Researchers avoided using female animals for fear that their reproductive cycles and hormone fluctuations would confound the results of delicately calibrated experiments.

That laboratory tradition has had enormous consequences for women. Name a new drug or treatment, and odds are researchers know far more about its effect on men than on women. From sleeping pills to statins, women have been blindsided by side effects and dosage miscalculations that were not discovered until after the product hit the market.

Now the National Institutes of Health says that this routine gender bias in basic research must end.

In a commentary published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the N.I.H., and Dr. Janine A. Clayton, director of the institutes’ Office of Research on Women’s Health, warned scientists that they must begin testing their theories in female lab animals and in female tissues and cells.

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Sexism runs so deep.

May 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM Leave a comment

How About a Bowl of Roundup for Breakfast?

Monsanto logo via monsanto.com

The last sentence here is the killer:

You probably wouldn’t knowingly eat a substance known to induce death in human cells. But that’s what millions of people are doing every day, even when they’re enjoying foods with “natural” on the label.

Norwegian scientists just published a new study that will appear in the June issue of Food Technology showing high levels of glyphosate—the active weed-killing chemical in Roundup—are turning up in genetically engineered (GE) soy. That herbicide-laced soy winds up in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods and in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, and turkeys.

Why is this happening? Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Roundup in food that people and farm animals eat.

As more and more weeds become resistant to glyphosate and GE technology fails, farmers spray heavier glyphosate applications—and more often. Glypshoate is systemic, meaning it’s take up inside of the plant. As nonorganic farmers crank up glyphosate use, the Environmental Protection Agency has been slowly increasing allowable levels of glyphosate in food.

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So, Monsanto’s Roundup is doing a number on the planet and, here in the U.S. at least, the so-called Environmental (cough) “Protection” (cough) Agency is enabling them.

The corporations really do run the place.

What a country.

April 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM Leave a comment

Big Anti-Fracking Demonstration in Sacramento Today

You won’t hear about this in the corporate media because the corporate media has unilaterally decided to ignore We the People but an estimated 4,000 We the People demonstrated in Sacramento and surrounded the capitol building today urging Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking in the state:

Ca Fracking Demo. 3-15-14

(Image via Danny Berchenko)

My favorite sign?  Keep the oil in the soil. Love it.

More here.

 

March 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM Leave a comment

The War on Cancer: The United States Lost

Bad news:

C  A  N  C  E  R

Cancer Soon to Become #1 Killer in America

Here’s a depressing stat: Within the next 16 years, cancer will be the number one cause of death among Americans, according to a new report from the American Society for Clinical Oncologists (ASCO).

In their first report of its kind, ASCO dug into the prevalence of cancer in the U.S. and its projected rise, as well a number of pitfalls in our current medical system that will make treating all those cancer cases increasingly difficult. In fact, the report notes, the field of oncology is under such strain from skyrocketing medical costs and doctor shortages that the Institute of Medicine has called it “a system in crisis” in need of “urgent intervention.”

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Why do we have “skyrocketing medical costs” and “doctor shortages?”  I’m definitely not an expert on that but I would suggest unrestrained corporate greed might have something to do with “skyrocketing medical costs” and low wages and the high cost of a college education (not to mention medical school for crying out loud) might have something to do with it.

That said, due to the corporatocracy buying off the folks who are supposed to represent and protect We the Little People, we know there are chemicals in our soil, chemicals in our air, chemicals in our water, chemicals in our clothes, chemicals in our food, chemicals in our building materials and chemicals in our baby bottles.  There’s no end to the list.

I’m 61 and I’ve been lucky.  No cancer (other than some basal cell carcinoma on my nose from spending my teen years roasting in the sun).  Living 61 years — factoring in climate change — might be a thing of the past for today’s little ones.

Oh, and remember when Dick Nixon (R) declared a “War on Cancer?

We lost.  Our tax dollars went to “defense spending.”  Never mind that cancer has, and will, kill more of us than the boogeyman out there.

 

March 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Have Wasted at Least $50 Million Voting to Repeal Obamacare

In July, 2012, just after Republicans voted — for the 33rd time — to repeal Obamacare, CBS reported that Republicans spent roughly $50 million of our tax dollars and two full work weeks on those votes knowing full well there was no way Obama was going to sign a bill voiding his own legislation.

Again, that was almost two years ago.  Since then, the GOP has voted an additional 14 times for repeal, underscoring the hypocrisy of their screams about reducing the deficit and working to create jobs, neither of which they’re doing.

When I see polls and read articles about how the Republicans have a good shot at retaining control of the House and of taking the Senate in the fall, I wonder what in the hell people are thinking.

March 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM Leave a comment

I Got a Free Mammogram Thanks to Obamacare

Obamacare 2-6-14

I had a mammogram on December 21.  Today I got the “Explanation of Benefits” from my insurance company. It categorized the procedure as “preventive care.”

Preventive care?  What a concept.

Billed Charges:  $380.00

Less Discount Disallowed:  $239.40

Insurance Paid Provider:  $140.60

Patient Liability:  00

This is the first time in my life (that I remember) I haven’t had to pay a cent for a mammogram.

Yeh!

A mammogram should be seen as “preventive care” and it should be fully covered.  Why wouldn’t an insurance company want to catch something early?  It could save itself  hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But no.  It took what was practically an act of god to instil that thought into the American psyche and yet Republicans have voted 46 times to repeal it.

I’m a Medicare-for-all gal but I’m so thankful for this change (and for an end to nixing people with a pre-existing condition too — what a relief).

So, thanks.

 

February 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM 3 comments

GOP Rep. Joe Barton Sold His Soul to the Fracking Industry

Fracking Money to congress via Mother Jones

(Image via Mother Jones)

The growing fracking industry is “yielding gushers” of campaign donations for congressional candidates—particularly Republicans from districts with fracking activity—according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The report, “Natural Cash: How the Fracking Industry Fuels Congress,” examines data compiled by MapLight covering a period spanning from 2004 to 2012. In that time, CREW finds, contributions from companies that operate hydraulic fracturing wells and fracking-related industry groups rose 180 percent, from $4.3 million nine years ago to about $12 million in the last election cycle.

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Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, was head and shoulders above his fellow candidates in donations from the fracking industry. Barton accepted more than half a million dollars—$100,000 more than any other candidate. In the past, he chaired the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and he sponsored legislation in 2005 to exempt the fracking industry from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Check out Barton’s Wikipedia page.  Scroll down and read the paragraph titled:  “Barton Family Foundation.”  What a piece of work this guy is.  He probably thinks of himself as a good Christian too.

December 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM Leave a comment

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