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A Little Arsenic Never Hurt Anyone, Says US Chicken Industry

Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 11:41 am | Martha Rosenberg

A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found detectable levels of arsenic in chicken from grocery stores in 10 American cities, including in organic chickens. If the drug were fed to all chickens, over 100 US deaths would result from ... More >>

Asthma drug Singulair linked to suicidality

Monday, 6 May 2013, 12:58 pm | Martha Rosenberg

World sales of Merck's blockbuster asthma drug, Singulair, were about $5 billion a year until last year when its patent expired in the United States. But the drug also has a darkening cloud over it. More >>

Can Red Meat Be Saved as a Healthful Menu Item?

Monday, 15 April 2013, 12:29 pm | Martha Rosenberg

If red meat had a publicity agent, he or she would be fired by now. Publicity agents are supposed to plant positive news about their client and kill any negative publicity. But ever since James Garner, the face of the “Real Food for Real People” beef ... More >>

Bad Diets for Kids--and the Drugs That Enable Them

Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 9:27 am | Martha Rosenberg

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large-size soft drinks has focused much needed attention on childhood obesity and related health problems. Over one-third of US kids are overweight, and 17 percent are obese--which, for a four-foot-ten-inch ... More >>

Obama's Home Town Turns Out For Universal Background Checks

Wednesday, 27 February 2013, 12:55 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Carrying photos of lost loved ones and signs reading "We Deserve a Vote," a strong crowd turned out in the freezing Chicago rain in support of universal background checks on Friday. Organized by 10 Illinois and Chicago based anti-gun violence groups, ... More >>

Five US States Now Ban Shark Fins, How About Foie Gras?

Monday, 11 February 2013, 10:53 am | Martha Rosenberg

In January, Illinois became the first inland US state to pass a comprehensive ban against the trade, sale or distribution of shark fins. After the "finning" process, a shark's body is generally discarded into the water where it dies of suffocation ... More >>

New Year's Resolutions for the NRA

Friday, 4 January 2013, 12:01 pm | Martha Rosenberg

We will stop referring to ourselves as a "civil rights" organization that defends "human rights." It is a sacrilege to people actually killed or harmed by civil and human rights abuses. More >>

Martha Rosenberg: New Year's Resolutions for the NRA

Wednesday, 2 January 2013, 1:19 pm | Martha Rosenberg

We will stop referring to ourselves as a "civil rights" organization that defends "human rights." It is a sacrilege to people actually killed or harmed by civil and human rights abuses. More >>

US Gun Lobby Strangely Silent During Week of Mass Shootings

Monday, 17 December 2012, 12:55 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Once again, a nutter has cut down innocent people thanks to the easy availability of firearms in the US and the Wild West the gun lobby has created. But in a week, the shock at innocent and helpless children killed will be supplanted by gun lobby ... More >>

"Ma Toot Hurts So Bad" Mock Newly Released Merck Emails

Friday, 7 December 2012, 1:03 pm | Martha Rosenberg

As early as 2004, Merck knew its blockbuster osteoporosis drug Fosamax was causing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) after in-office dental procedures and ridiculed afflicted patients. The condition, also called jawbone death, occurs when traumatized tissue ... More >>

Popular Sleeping Pill Linked to Accidents and Violence

Monday, 26 November 2012, 12:54 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Many first heard of the uber sleeping pill, Ambien, in 2006 when former Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy drove to Capitol Hill under its influence to “vote” at 2:45 a.m., crashing his car. He had also been taking Phenergan, a gastroenteritis ... More >>

Antibiotics Causing Resistant Infections and more

Friday, 23 November 2012, 11:51 am | Martha Rosenberg

One of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) last legislative fights was about the overuse of livestock antibiotics. “It seems scarcely believable that these precious medications could be fed by the ton to chickens and pigs,” he wrote in a bill called ... More >>

Hormone Therapy Makes Comeback--Are Cigarettes Next?

Friday, 9 November 2012, 4:31 pm | Martha Rosenberg

It has been almost ten years since a US government study found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) did not prevent heart disease and memory loss as advertised but increased the risk of heart attacks by 29 percent and doubled the risk of dementia. Oops. More >>

Worst US Radio Ads

Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 4:52 pm | Martha Rosenberg

You would never know there's a recession going on by listening to commercial radio in the US in 2012. Car dealership ads were exceeded only by home remodeling and bank ads. In fact, if unemployment is really going down, it's probably all the contactors ... More >>

US Govt Suicide Initiative Ignores Suicide-Linked Drugs

Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 4:39 pm | Martha Rosenberg

It would be laughable if it weren't tragic. Last week US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin introduced a plan to stem the nation's growing suicide rate without addressing the nation's growing use of suicide-linked drugs. More >>

Shocking Intimidation within US Food and Drug Administration

Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 5:34 pm | Martha Rosenberg

The Food and Drug administration (FDA), the US's primary health regulation agency, is often accused of serving industry at the expense of consumers. But even FDA defenders are shocked by reports this week of an institutionalized FDA spying program on its ... More >>

The Drugstore in Your Meat and Other Table Top Terrors

Tuesday, 7 August 2012, 4:36 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg’s scrutiny of Big Pharma and agribusiness is so bleak and unrelenting, it sometimes seems to go beyond muckraking into something more closely resembling war correspondence. On one side of the battlefield are the pharmaceutical companies, ... More >>

How US Gun Laws Encourage Massacres

Wednesday, 25 July 2012, 11:02 am | Martha Rosenberg

If Jared Lee Loughner's Tucson rampage last year that killed six people, including a US district court judge, and almost killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) didn't give lawmakers the resolve to check the gun lobby, Friday's movie theater ... More >>

Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Friday, 6 July 2012, 5:21 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Recently there was a fire on the train tracks of Chicago's metro that demonstrated how useful cells are in an emergency. Attention passengers--there has been a fire on the train tracks and firefighters are on their way to assist you," said the PA ... More >>

Has Drug Industry Grip On Health Care Become a Pharmageddon?

Friday, 22 June 2012, 10:10 am | Martha Rosenberg

Your new book, Pharmageddon, gives a bleak picture of the doctored data, skewed drug trials and rigged treatment guidelines that characterize today's pharmaceutical industry. Many people will be shocked to learn the abuses are not limited to the US, where ... More >>