New York City’s health department releases an ad campaign that has spurred controversy over its visual shock element that links soda consumption with amputations. more
The Food and Drug Administration's latest move concerning the use of antibiotics in farm animals garnered a good deal of praise last week, but public health advocates say much more is needed. more
Chinese researchers have found small pieces of ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to proteins in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood. The Chinese RNA study threatens to blast a major hole in Monsanto's claim. It means that DNA can code for microRNA, which can, in fact, be hazardous. more
There are signs, very positive signs that the respite in action this year, coming off the upsurge of resistance in 2011, is coming to a close. Progressive social movements in the United States are gaining in strength, confidence and clarity and are preparing themselves for sustained resistance against the program of neo-liberal austerity being advanced by multinational corporations and instituted by government.
The ongoing and escalating proxy war in Syria between the forces of Western imperialism (the US, NATO, Turkey and Israel) and its monarchial Arabian Gulf state allies on the one hand, and Iran and its Russian, Chinese, and Non-Aligned Movement allies on the other, is steadily unraveling the United Nations (UN) and threatening to draw the major nation-state powers in the world (chief amongst them the United States, its NATO allies in Europe, Russia and China) into a fourth world war.