Thursday, May 11, 2000

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  • The Politics of Cancer

    Last week, the pharmaceutical maker Genentech, Inc. warned doctors that the breast cancer drug Herceptin is linked to 15 deaths and dozens of other adverse reactions in patients. The company sent a letter out to doctors last week saying these adverse effects include allergic shock and extreme respiratory distress. An estimated 23,000 patients have received Herceptin.

  • A Journalist Reports From the Battlefields of Africa

    Pro-government forces and United Nations peacekeepers in Sierra Leone rushed to bolster the capital’s defenses today as civilians poured into Freetown ahead of advancing rebels.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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