FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills: Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death

By: Saturday June 29, 2013 1:59 pm

David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu’s new book The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills is a thorough examination of the toll that recessions take on people’s health. They show, convincingly, that there are many, many channels through which health outcomes can deteriorate when the economy goes into a deep recession. They also show that the manner in which the government reacts to an economic downturn is a critical factor in determining health outcomes. Deterioration in health in a recession, though common, is far from inevitable.

 

Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 5:20 pm

Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by a Chinese multinational, there seemed to be still more cause for alarm. China seems even more rife with food hazards: rivers brimming with pig carcasses, poisonous baby formula, lakes of toxic waste.

House 20-Week Abortion Ban Hearing a ‘Farce,’ Says Leading Democrat

By: Saturday May 25, 2013 12:00 pm

A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would impose an unconstitutional nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization. Four witnesses sat at the table during that hearing, but there was really only one person who mattered for the Republican lawmakers—whose aim, ultimately, is to outlaw all abortions. That person was Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania physician now serving a life sentence for murder and manslaughter.

News on life after the L5-S1 slice and dice

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30 am

I had the very necessary surgery on Friday, January 18, 2013, so here’s where I am after the bilateral discectomy now that I’m a few days post-op.

Sandy Hook: The Promise

By: Friday January 18, 2013 3:06 pm

It has been a little over a month since the Sandy Hook shootings, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 26 lives lost that day. Each day as I step foot into my workplace, my mind almost immediately goes to Connecticut, and I think of that horrible day.

Unusual, you may ask? Not if you know that my workplace is an elementary school.

America Near Bottom in Life Expectancy in Developed World

By: Friday January 11, 2013 12:42 pm

The facts are in, the American healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world.

Yes, the continual line repeated ad nauseum during the Obamacare debate about ruining the best healthcare system in the world by more regulation of insurance companies has been thoroughly discredited

Google Responds to Windows 8 Release With “Get Your Google Back” Video

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 6:00 pm

The only exception is “sensitive” data about you, which they define as your “race, religion, sexual orientation or health.” Anything else is apparently fair game, so if you decide to “get your Google back,” make sure you control how they “get” you.

30-40 y.o. Long-Term-Unemployed at Risk

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 11:15 am

Researchers demonstrated a large risk for a shorter life expectancy (1.5 years) for long-term unemployed, 30 to 40 years of age. A 15 to 20 % increase in death rates over 20 years. Negative risks for long-term-jobless did not reduce to zero until the age at the time of the job loss was age 60. Clearly, for this sample, being younger and jobless carried a greater risk. This is a sufficient reason to put people back to work in government created jobs programs. The latter suggestion which seems so obvious to the unemployed, eludes politicians and the economists who advise them.

Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague Workers, Communities

By: Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am

Fundamentally, the issue of antibiotic resistance isn’t about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat. These new disease risks point to ethical questions on industrial farming, the mass consumption of animals, and the workers at the heart of this enterprise. When basic health standards are ignored, everyone gets hurt.

Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements

By: Friday November 25, 2011 8:00 am

Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.

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