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Island Press Field Notes

By Richard Allen Williams, Elena Rios / On March 15th, 2017

Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services—has...

By Emily Monosson / On January 31st, 2017

For the past couple of years, I’ve been wondering why the Vet can vaccinate our dog for Lyme*, but the best our doctor can offer is a dose of doxycyline, ex post facto. Why is it, despite the spraying and tucking and checking out the nooks and...

By Ann Vileisis / On January 6th, 2017

This blog originally appeared on Tilth.org and is reposted here with permission.  Two hundred years ago, most Americans had a...

By Emily Monosson / On November 29th, 2016

A toddler suddenly becomes deathly ill. In the ER she is diagnosed with dysentery, caused by a rare but particularly aggressive form of Salmonella. One antibiotic after another fails because the strain, picked up when her family was...

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By Emily Monosson / On November 8th, 2016

The New York Times article, ...

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By Andy Dyer / On August 16th, 2016

Earlier this month, media announced the first Zika-related death in the United States, meanwhile Congress recently adjourned for a seven-week recess without passing additional funding to fight the virus. Check out what Chasing the Red Queen...

By Alan Kolok / On August 3rd, 2016

Alan Kolok, author of Modern Poisons, breaks down the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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By Baylen J. Linnekin / On July 19th, 2016

I am thrilled—thrilled!—to reveal that I'll be giving a book talk on Saturday, October 8 at Politics & Prose, Washington, DC's venerated bookseller. I'll be speaking about my book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How...

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By Praveen Buddiga, Katrina Peters / On May 3rd, 2016

Climate change is hurting our health — right here and right now. As practicing physicians, we see the impacts on our patients.

By Emily Monosson / On May 2nd, 2016

We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag.

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