On a Toxic Flight

by Megan Izen on December 10 2008, 2:44PM

Buried deep in the Health Tips section of South African Airways website is a small notice from the World Health Organization that requires them to disinsect the cabin of certain aircraft. They don’t tell you this when you buy…

Topics: Health

World AIDS Day 2008: Still a Ticking Time Bomb

by Terry Keleher on December 1 2008, 12:44PM

As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the HIV rate in many countries continues to soar. According to Reuters, the HIV rate among China’s estimated 200 million migrant workers is a “ticking time bomb.” A few…

Topics: Health

20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

by Jonathan Adams on December 1 2008, 11:19AM

World AIDS Day: We’re still living with AIDS By Kenyon Farrow, Policy Institute Fellow Today, many of us will dust off those red ribbons, and “remember” to remember the people who we’ve lost, and who are currently living with…

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Prop 4 – Brought to You by Anti-Choice Advocates Who Can’t Take “No” For an Answer

by Julianne Hing on October 29 2008, 10:30AM

When I cast my ballot on November 4, it will be the first time I plan on bringing a camera with me to document my visit to the polls. But while we’ll all be excited making our picks for president…

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Anti-Stem Cell Ad Compares Embryonic Research To Tuskegee Study

by Jonathan Adams on October 22 2008, 1:11PM

via ThinkProgress On the ballot in Michigan is Proposal 2, a measure to permit embryonic stem cell research. As the NIH has outlined, embryonic stem cells offer the most promise for medical breakthroughs. Currently, Michigan has some of the nation’s…

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CDC Underrepresents Those Hardest Hit by HIV/AIDS

by Jonathan Adams on August 4 2008, 12:06PM

Originally on Kai Wright reports new CDC figures show HIV/AIDS more widespread than previously reported, a fact most black AIDS workers suspected for years. Using their new tool, CDC researchers went back and created new estimates for the annual…

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CHAMP Blogs International AIDS Conference:

by Jonathan Adams on August 4 2008, 9:15AM

Our friends at CHAMP are in Mexico City this week for the XVII International AIDS Conference, and they have recently launched a blog,, to be a home for community bloggers and other journalists to report on gathering. One of…

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Sex Without a Condom the New Engagement Ring?

by Victor Corral on July 30 2008, 11:05AM

The comment thread on NPR is blowin’ up! Listeners are ranting (and raving) about the new “What’s the New What” segment on NPR in which Pendarvis Harshaw, an Oakland teen at Youth Radio, discusses how for his generation, sex…

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Catch 22 – Cardiac Arrest Donors of Color Save Lives

by Donna Hernandez on July 25 2008, 8:55AM

The experience of losing a loved can be even more devastating when you realize certain preventative measures could have avoided their level of illness. This thought came to mind today when I read a study about patients of color who…

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In Your Blood or Guts?

by Jonathan Adams on June 16 2008, 12:33PM

Photo credit: James Erin de Jauregui TIME Magazine covers the effects of genetics and the environment on obesity in children of color. You’re a native-American baby born into the Oglala Sioux tribe, living on the Pine Ridge reservation in…

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Sick Profits Video Contest!

by Guest Columnist on April 21 2008, 12:01PM

contributed by NWFCO Want to take jab at the health insurance industry — and get a chance to win $1,000? The Northwest Federation of Community Organizations is sponsoring the Sick Profits video contest. Be creative, poke fun at corporate health…

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Going Green

by Robby Rodriguez on March 20 2008, 12:00PM

Don’t drop the justice.

Topics: Health

For Lunch: ‘Downer’ Beef Stroganoff

by Victor Corral on February 28 2008, 10:50AM

Once again, industrial agriculture has shown its ugly face, this time, putting millions of kids at risk. Prompted by a disturbing video showing the abuse of “downer” cows (cows that cannot walk due to disease or injury) at Westland/Hallmark Meat…

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MVL: Health Care for All

by Jonathan Adams on February 19 2008, 9:36AM

Originally posted at Movement Vision Lab: Check out this rally where immigrants demand health care for all….

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SCHIP Politics Punish Children of Color

by Kai Wright on October 23 2007, 9:29AM

by Kai Wright When President Bush vetoed the bipartisan children’s health bill last week, the administration said he aimed to put “poor children first.” But what the White House has actually done is once again put an ideological agenda ahead…

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SCHIP Lessons Look At Race

by Guest Columnist on October 19 2007, 1:25PM

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO) responds to President Bush’s SCHIP veto. Yesterday was a day of reckoning, sort of. The House didn’t override the President’s SCHIP veto, but an important lesson or two will come out of the fight….

Topics: Health

‘Rounding Up’ Illegal Immigrants; No Money For Healthcare?

by The News on October 4 2007, 8:22AM

Racial Profiling based on language In Arizona, legal immigrants are facing verbal abuse and accusations of taking away jobs. These threats are based on the assumption that if a person does not speak English, s/he cannot be legal. Discrimination and…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Testing My Worth

by Aries Hines-Coleman on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

A Black college student finds out why she keeps failing math.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Schools & Youth

The Rebirth of a Nation?

by Osagie Obasogie on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

Glorifying eugenics in a cult classic for our times.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Health

Genetic Drift

by Ziba Kashef on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

The study of human genes has sparked a resurgence of debate about the true nature of race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health