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The Chemicals Anxiety Machine

Paul Driessen,  Rank politics and baseless health scares are driving anxiety, North Carolina election campaigns, civil rights claims and plans for class action lawsuits, all of which could bring electricity rate hikes that will cause real job, health and civil rights problems for families – for no health or environmental benefits. As I noted in

Texas governor burned in accident; could miss GOP convention

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas sustained “extensive second- and third-degree burns” on both legs below the knees and both feet — and may miss next week’s Republican National Convention as a result, his office said Sunday. Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott was with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Thursday when he was

Senate report slams VA watchdog for ‘systemic’ failures in probe of Wisconsin hospital

A Senate committee’s report into overprescription of powerful painkilling drugs at a Wisconsin VA hospital slammed the agency’s inspector general’s office for discounting key evidence, narrowing its inquiry and failing to make its report on the matter public.  The report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which will be released Tuesday and

Health Departments Cut Programs While Awaiting Zika Funding

While Congress fidgets over whether and how to pay for the fight against the Zika virus, state and local health departments are scrambling and slimming down. That’s because these front-line public health agencies have already seen their budgets chopped because of the debate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April cut $44 million

Trump is the right candidate to tackle America’s drug problem

Dr. Manny Alvarez, America is in the midst of a drug and mental health epidemic. The crisis before us has spiraled completely out of control under the Obama administration, and the numbers are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled between 2002 and

Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

 A major hospital’s former pharmacy chief stole nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills from the medical center over more than five years and has been charged under a state drug-kingpin law more often aimed at accused street dealers, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday. Anthony D’Alessandro was arrested early Tuesday and awaiting arraignment. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a

Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

Justina Pelletier is coming home.  A Massachusetts judge ordered the 16-year-old Connecticut girl, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father effective Wednesday. The ruling caps a long-running medical custody dispute that began when two highly-respected Boston hospitals clashed over

Bergdahl back in the US to continue recuperation

 Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. While at

Freed war prisoner Bergdahl leaves Germany for U.S.: Pentagon

  Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, left a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Thursday headed to San Antonio, where he will receive further treatment, the Pentagon said. Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Bergdahl left Ramstein Air

Justina Pelletier belongs with her family, Massachusetts DCF says in legal motion

 The fate of a 16-year-old Connecticut girl at the center of a major medical custody dispute is in the hands of a Massachusetts judge, now that Bay State children’s advocates have conceded Justina Pelletier should be returned to her family. In a controversial move, Pelletier was placed in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of

Justina Pelletier makes tearful plea to judge, asking to go home

 Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teen taken from her family more than a year ago by Massachusetts officials after her parents took her to a hospital for help, made a tearful plea to the Bay State family court judge who holds her fate in his hands. In the 45-second, videotaped plea, first posted on a Facebook page set