Anonymous Medic Offers Graphic View of Treating Wounded in Afghanistan
Military Medicine: In Deadspin, an anonymous military doctor writes in graphic and powerful detail about treating the wounds of war in Afghanistan.
Triclosan: A growing number of experts recommend avoiding antibacterial soaps and cleansers that contain triclosan, and manufacturers are removing it from their products. The chemical isn't more effective than regular soap and can harm the environment and possibly human health over the long term, Lana Berkowitz reports for the Houston Chronicle.
Autism: Health insurers are increasingly being pressured by state health officials to pay for behavioral treatments for autism, which they have previously denied as educational, not medical, treatment, Kathy Robertson reports for the Sacramento Business Journal.
HIV/AIDS: The AIDS drug Truvada will be given to uninfected gay, bisexual and transgender men in Southern California in a study to see if the drug can prevent HIV infection, Anna Gorman reports for the Los Angeles Times. Critics of the effort say it could raise the levels of unsafe sex among people at high risk for contracting HIV.
Food Deserts: New research challenges the conventional wisdom that links obesity with a lack of affordable fresh produce and other healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods, Gina Kolata writes for the New York Times.
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