Lead in Flint: This is America

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Our outrage at the poisoning of the people of Flint, Mich. - and the way the government failed, once again, its poorest and most disenfranchised... Read more

Another life destroyed – almost – by allegedly reckless prescribing

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A Philadelphia Inquirer story published on Philly.com last weekend about three men who died of drug addictions – and the physician whom... Read more

Birth control and the Affordable Care Act (and, yes, the pope)

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With much of the East Coast enthralled by the visit of Pope Francis, let's review an issue that pits – perhaps – the pontiff's... Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce fights anti-smoking laws worldwide. So what?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it turns out, actively campaigns against anti-tobacco laws in countries around the world. The New York Times... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

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This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving... Read more

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

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Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie... Read more

Should teens get to say ‘no’ to life-saving medical treatment?

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Two weeks ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hartford Hospital forcing chemotherapy on Cassandra C., a 17-year-old girl with... Read more

Ebola quarantines: nurses' perspective

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The Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to rage unabated. The suffering of adults, children, and communities is unparalleled. In fact, the... Read more