The Maker of the EpiPen has exploited the political process for massive profits

Noah, a 2-year-old from Middlefield, Connecticut, is starting daycare next month.

His mother, Carolyn Janis, is anxious.

Noah is allergic to eggs, peanuts, and other nuts. It's compounded by severe asthma.

Janis has four EpiPens for her son that are past their expiration date, and one with its expiration coming up soon. He needs a new one for daycare, but she's not sure if she can afford it.

Janis's health insurance changed recently. She and her family are on a high-deductible healthcare plan. She's already exhausted her health savings account this year, and she's still paying off emergency-room visits from a year and a half ago.

Add to that the fact that the list price of the EpiPen has exploded to more than $600 over the past decade.


Obamacare: The Neoliberal Model Comes Home to Roost in the United States—If We Let It

by Howard Waitzkin and Ida Hellander
Monthly Review


WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, Sexual Transmission Reported in Texas

5 February 2016

The World Health Organization said this month that clusters of microcephaly andneurological disorders including Guillain-Barré syndrome occurring in areas affected by Zika virus -- currently concentrated in Brazil and elsewhere in Central and South America and the Caribbean -- is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, the same species that transmit yellow fever and dengue. The current Zika virus outbreak is centered in Brazil, but prior outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Typically the virus causes mild illness with fever, rash, joint aches, and conjunctivitis lasting about a week; a majority of infected people have no symptoms.


Food Deserts + Solidarity = Food Justice

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

Feb. 14, 2015

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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