The industry is known for getting its way in Louisiana, and the federal government has a dismal record when it comes to holding polluters accountable for environmental racism. However, local activists are fighting back with help from allies.
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.
Cynthia Graber, Nicola Twilley and Deborah Blum
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.
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.
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.
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.