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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random House. Rosenberg has appeared on CSPAN and NPR and lectured at medical schools and at the Mid-Manhattan Public Library.
SHARE Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Sleazy Ways AbbVie Made Humira a Best Selling Drug
If you're like most people, you never heard of the prescription drug Humira until 2013. That's when Abbott Laboratories spun off AbbVie, to aggressively market the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug which went on to become the top selling drug by 2019.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 13, 2021 Is Obesity the New Smoking?
In the 1960s, 42 percent of Americans smoked. Ubiquitous cigarette ads, eventually banned in the US, promised that smoking made men more masculine and women sexier and thinner. Plus cigarettes tasted good.
Now, in 2021, only 14 of the US population smokes but 42 percent of the population is obese. Have people just switched rooms on the Titanic? Is obesity the new smoking?
SHARE Tuesday, August 31, 2021 How Animal Rights, Once a Progressive Stepchild, Became a Movement
After a while, activists gave up the ineffectual "supply side" tactic of beseeching hostile lawmakers to regulate animal operations in their state for the more leveraged "demand side" -- going directly to food outlets and their customers with proof of grisly deeds. Once the McDonald's, Wendy's, KFCs and Burger Kings of the world were outed as buying and serving abused animals things began to change".
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 27, 2021 Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right in Afghanistan
Who remembers how US troops were told to ignore the institutionalized rape/sexual slavery of little boys by Afghan security forces-- the so-called "good guys"? A tradition called Bacha bazi?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 21, 2021 Remembering Tom T. Hall-the storyteller
Everyone remembers Hall's "I like beer," a paean to the world's most down-to-earth alcoholic beverage which explains that "Whiskey's too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear" as an Oktoberfest-like chorus in the background intones "He likes beer."
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, August 13, 2021 Lab Leak Theory Is An Insult To Scientific Intelligence
According to Live Science, COVID-19 is hardly the only disease to jump species from animals to humans. Pandemics from influenza to AIDS to the prehistoric plagues came from animal hosts, as did Ebola and Lym
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 18, 2021 Five-Year-Olds With Breasts? Precocious Puberty Is Worsening and Reasons Are Clear
No scientists dispute that precocious or early-onset puberty is on the rise but reasons are not clear. Is it bad diets and lack of exercise? Is it soft drinks themselves, even when not linked to obesity? Is it the common chemicals known as endocrine disrupters that exert estrogen-like effects? Is it the many legal, unlabeled hormones used in the U.S. to fatten livestock?
SHARE Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Cartoon: Who Remembers Travel?
Will the travel industry, crushed by violence, wars, disease outbreaks, environmental threats and climate change ever come back?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 19, 2021 Humor: With Covid Shutdowns Over Can Class Reunions Be Far Off?
Many at the class reunion seem to have done so well financially, including sending their children to college, that they are on second, soul-nourishing careers like crafts and fiber art, teaching yoga, giving pet training classes and "life coaching."