Medicine

‘Profits over public health’: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks

‘Profits over public health’: Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have activists worried the agreement might play into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies. The secret Trans-Pacific Paternship (TPP) negotiations showed that the Healthcare Annex has been seeking to regulate state schemes for medicines and […]

Italian nurse arrested over killing 38 patients who irritated her

Italian nurse arrested over killing 38 patients who irritated her

Italian police have arrested a nurse suspected of killing at least 38 of her patients because they, or their relatives, were irritating her. The officials also found a selfie, with the nurse giving a thumbs-up in front of a recently deceased patient. Daniela Poggiali, 42, a hospital nurse was arrested in her native town of […]

Medical marijuana workers start unionizing with government help

Medical marijuana workers start unionizing with government help

Marijuana may still be illegal at the federal level, but the US labor board believes pot workers still have the same rights as any other American employee. According to the Huffington Post, attempts to unionize by medical marijuana workers in Maine have attracted what some may think to be an unlikely government ally: the National […]

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Native Americans are entitled to free and subsidized medical care at some federally-funded health clinics, but ‘Obamacare’ will soon force many of them to buy insurance or else face hefty fines if they are not “Indian enough”. “A lot of folks are going to get stuck with the bill,” Jay Stiener of the National Council of […]

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

Chinese scientists have said that a new coronavirus, which has already killed 11, appears to be deadlier than SARS. The new virus, originating in the Middle East, can affect many different organs and kill cells more rapidly than SARS. The infectious disease strongly resembles Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 800 people in 2002 […]

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

Former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs are urging the Obama administration to nullify marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized the recreational use of pot. The eight former DEA heads fear that the states’ marijuana laws will instigate a “domino effect”, causing other states to pass their own laws legalizing the recreational use of […]

Cancer battle: Scientists engineer new tumor-killing virus

Cancer battle: Scientists engineer new tumor-killing virus

A new genetically-engineered virus has been developed to kill cancer tumors and prevent the growth of new ones, according to a study. It was tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients and proved to significantly prolong their lives. The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Medicine, describes a four-week trial of the […]

National disaster: Millions of children prescribed antipsychotic drugs they don’t need

National disaster: Millions of children prescribed antipsychotic drugs they don’t need

Are doctors going crazy? US psychiatrists prescribe antipsychotic drugs to children in one third of all visits, which is a rate almost three times higher than during the 1990’s. Roughly 90 percent of antipsychotic prescriptions written between 2005 and 2009 were prescribed for something other than what the US Food and Drug Administration approves them […]