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The Sacklers may not Get away with Opioid Grift after all, as SCOTUS strikes Down Bankruptcy Settlement

Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – Allen Frances, M.D., distinguished former chair of psychiatry at Duke University school of medicine wrote in a Oct., 2017 New Yorker magazine expose, “Their name (Sackler/Purdue Pharma) has been pushed forward as the epitome of good works and of the fruits of the capitalist system. But, when […]

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Real-Time Data Show the Air in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Is Even Worse Than Expected

Petrochemical manufacturing plant. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 from Sept 7, 2008. By Naveena Sadasivam / Grist Since the 1980s, the 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that connects New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been known as “Cancer Alley.” The name stems from the fact that the area’s residents […]

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Wins at the Ballot Box for Abortion Rights Still Mean Court Battles for Access

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Hundreds of Doctors Demand Biden End Solitary Confinement in Immigration Prisons

Pilgrimage for a Better Future: From the Heartbreak of Immigrant Detention to Thriving Communities at Adelanto Detention Center (Flickr) By Mike Ludwig / Truthout Hundreds of physicians and other health professionals are demanding the Biden administration end the use of solitary confinement in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prisons. The letter comes after reports of […]

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Ralph Nader: Ultraprocessed Deadly Corporate Food Demands Action

Beverage selection in a supermarket in Los Angeles, California, USA. Dietmar Rabich / Wikimedia Commons / “Los Angeles (California, USA), Shop, South Olive Street — 2012 — 4845” / CC BY-SA 4.0For print products: Dietmar Rabich /,USA),_Shop,_South_Olive_Street—2012–_4845.jpg / By Ralph Nader / About forty-five years ago, at a social gathering, I asked an executive of a Minneapolis-based large food processing company […]

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Arizona’s 1864 Abortion Law Was Made in a Women’s Rights Desert – Here’s What Life Was Like Then

Rosa Goodrich Boido, M.D. (b. 1870). Portrait photograph from a 1913 publication (Wikimedia Commons) By Calvin Schermerhorn / The Conversation Dora Juhl, a 15-year-old teenager, walked into Dr. Rosa Goodrich Boido’s obstetrical practice in Phoenix in January 1918. Juhl wanted to end her pregnancy. But abortion was illegal in Arizona. Boido, the city’s sole female […]