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Trump’s Shady CDC Director Forced To Resign In Disgrace Over Tobacco Stocks

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. Donald Trump and his administration have already had to face a number of embarrassing ethical issues in just one year, and now there’s one more humiliation to add to his list. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, appointed just seven months ago to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been exposed for trading stocks in […]

January 31, 2018

Thanks To The NRA And Their Lackeys In Congress, It Is Illegal to Study Gun Violence

It is illegal for the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study connection between gun ownership and police violence.

July 18, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

EXCLUSIVE: When Republicans Sabotage Zika Funding, Local Health Departments Suffer

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control shifted $44 million of its federal funding towards research on the mosquito-borne disease after Congress failed to allocate any funds itself. As a result, city and state offices have lost the critical funds they need in order to prevent the spread of Zika at the local level.

July 14, 2016
An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, in this March 8, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/Files

Zika Sex Research Begins Despite U.S. Congress Funding Impasse

Borrowing money earmarked for other programs, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has started enrolling men infected with Zika in Brazil and Colombia in the study to determine how long the virus remains transmittable in semen.

July 1, 2016
Josemary da Silva, 34, combs the hair of 5-month-old Gilberto after giving him a bath at her house in Algodao de Jandaira, Brazil February 17, 2016. Gilberto is da Silva's fifth child and was born with microcephaly. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Republicans Use Zika To Fight For Pesticide Deregulation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and congressional Democrats, and President Obama — has requested funds to study and fight the virus, but Republicans want to combat it by stripping away environmental regulations on an array of pesticides.

June 2, 2016
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Republicans Strip Local Health Departments By Failing to Address Zika

Local health departments do not have months to wait for Republicans to fund the Zika fight. In July, the CDC will shift $44 million of its emergency response funds to fight Zika unless the funds are allocated by Congress, an action that would have crippling effects at the local level.

May 31, 2016

Bird Flu Found In Iowa; Up To 5.3 million Chickens To Be Destroyed

H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu, has reared its head at a commercial egg-laying facility in northwest Iowa that houses as many as 5.3 million chickens, according to state officials.

April 21, 2015

U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Flew On Domestic Airplane’

Get the latest on the Ebola outbreak.

October 15, 2014

Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid And Science Funding In A Time Of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the US federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad. Years ago, this mistaken view was amplified from the far right by the John Birch Society; today, it is the Tea Party movement […]

August 8, 2014