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Scientific Activism in the News

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of drug safety advocate Dr. Steven E. Nissen by medical business writer Stephanie Saul: His questioning of the safety of the Avandia diabetes medication in late May, for example, prompted a federal safety alert and led to a sales decline of about 30 percent for the drug, which…

On Tuesday, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a revised lethal injection protocol in hopes of reversing a moratorium on capital punishment in the state put in place by a February 2006 federal court ruling. From the LA Times: On Tuesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legal affairs secretary, Andrea L. Hoch, and James Tilton, director of the…

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine is a virtual smorgasbord of articles on HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination. Although HPV also causes unsightly genital warts, HPV is more or less the sole cause of cervical cancer. I’ve written quite a bit here about Merck’s HPV vaccine, Gardasil, since a February 2007 executive order by…

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is a matter of British pride, despite some minor shortcomings. Strong on preventative and routine medical care, the NHS has on the other hand been criticized for its long waiting lists required for more involved procedures. The BBC reports today, though, that the NHS is making progress in this…

When you live in the wealthiest nation in the world but can still claim over 40 million people without health insurance–despite spending more than twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation–you might have a problem. Nowhere is this more apparent than in my home state, Texas, which leads the nation…

Shelley of Retrospectacle asks fellow ScienceBloggers: “Are you for or against the death penalty, or (if its conditional), in what cases? Furthermore, do you believe that societies that sanction war are hypocritical for opposing the death penalty?” I’m against the death penalty, and I would agree that if a society uses war as a tool…

Double Drug Jeopardy

From the archives: (17 February 2006) I’ll be honest with you: I really don’t know what to think about drug companies. I’ll give them some credit, since unlike many of their peers they produce a product that is useful to society and has important humanitarian implications. I want to like them–I really do–but when I…

No More Aspirin, Please

From the archives: (18 April 2006) If Massachusetts were a physician, I’d have mixed feelings about visiting him or her. Sure, Dr. Massachusetts would be incredibly persistent and would do its best to make sure I left its office feeling better than when I arrived, but on the other hand if I had any sort…

Universal Health Care, Duh!

From the archives: (21 January 2006) I had a great trip to the doctor the other day. I showed up for my appointment (one I had made only one day before), waited a few minutes, saw the doctor, and then I left. There was no paperwork, no long wait, no money exchanged, and no stress.…

This post from the archives describes a recent research finding that may be welcome news for some…. (24 May 2006) If you know what I’m talking about, and if you are in fact “cool”, then you might also be interested in the findings presented Tuesday by Dr. Donald Tashkin and his coauthors at an American…