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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…

Take Action on CHIP!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Senate Finance Committee is considering a $35 billion expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), which is currently scheduled to expire in September. Incredibly enough, President Bush has already declared that he will veto such a bill. This is the same president who, just a year…

The Corpus Callosum has more on the currently unfolding CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) fiasco: In the context of the pro and con lobbying over the proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, pharmaceutical companies decided to join the pro side. After all, if more children are insured, more of them will get…

Bush Plans to Veto CHIP Expansion

I always find it surprising that something as obvious as the need to provide health coverage to children can be so controversial. In 2004, Arlene Wohlgemuth, the Republican running against Democrat Chet Edwards for US Congressional District 17 in Texas, made as a cornerstone of her campaign her sponsorship of HB 2292 the previous year…

And the Saga Continues….

I meant to comment on this when I originally read it in the New York Times article on the political suppression by the Bush Administration of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona: Emily Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, said the surgeon general “is the leading voice for the health of all Americans.” “It’s disappointing to us,”…

Add one more to the list. Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times: Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush…

For this round of Ask a ScienceBlogger, the question is “Is sunshine good for you?” It’s a beautiful sunny day outside. And, of course, you’re stuck in the lab (or the office, classroom, or daily holding tank of your choice). Although you may thumb your nose at those who seem to have nothing better to…

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…

On Monday, 23 April, the Texas Senate voted 30-1 in favor of its version of HB1089, a bill overturning Rick Perry’s February executive order mandating that all girls entering the sixth grade receive the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine Gardasil. On Wednesday, 25 April, the Texas House approved the Senate version of the bill by…

SCOTUS: Who’s Your Daddy?

On Wednesday, when the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on “partial-birth abortions” in its 5-4 decision on Gonzalez v. Carhart, it dealt a potentially huge setback to US reproductive freedoms. Although intact dilation and extraction makes up only a small subset of all abortions, this ruling is significant in that it explicitly does not…