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How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms its Victims for Years

Megan Molteni Wired
If only there were some way to safely traverse life without fear of walking into one of those hyper-virulent nebulosities ... Oh wait. That’d be a vaccine that’s been shown to be safe and effective by health authorities.

Keeping it Fresh: Preservatives and The Poison Squad

Cynthia Graber, Nicola Twilley and Deborah Blum Gastropod
Harvey Washington Wiley, a do-gooder farm boy who trained as chemist, worried that preservatives might be harming the public. The trials' shocking results led to the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and eventually to the creation of the FDA.

Despite Progress, HIV Racial Divide Persists

Mackenzie Rigg & Jake Kara // CTMIRROR.org WNPR
The CDC projects that the risk for black men who have sex with men could grow to a staggering 50 percent, if trends continue. That compares with a risk of 1 in 11 for white gay and bisexual men, 1 in 20 for black men and 1 in 48 for black women.

Study Links Breast Cancer Rates with Neighborhood Factors

Kristen Thometz WTTW
An increase in overall neighborhood socioeconomic status should result in better health for residents, not worse health. But because these neighborhoods were still low-income, they didn’t have as many resources such as health care facilities and access to mammography and follow-up care.

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Oats

The Nutrition Source editors Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
Oats contain several components that have been proposed to exert health benefits. The FDA allows oat food labels to tout the nutritional value and health benefits of oats such as a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, weight and hunger control.

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The Impatient Patient

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
Medicine has grown so powerful and so profitable procedures go unquestioned. Many tests detect something worthy of follow-up -- procedures sometimes dubious, all to the point of extending life without regard to its quality. Stealing a march on every medical vulnerability as you age can boomerang.

The Pharmaceutical Industry in Contemporary Capitalism

Joel Lexchin Monthly Review
The myth is that pharmaceutical industry profits come from producing and selling the many therapeutic advances that industry research has generated, but the reality is far different.
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