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Aaron Alexis, the US veteran who fatally shot twelve people and injured three at the Navy Yard Sea Systems Command in Washington DC on September 16, 2013, had been prescribed the powerful antidepressant Trazadone. The drug is linked to a wide array of side effects including suicidal tendencies, panic attacks, depersonalization and anger. Trazadone also […]
In an October 2013 report, public health lawyer and activist Michele Simon documents how the transnational burger colossus McDonald’s benefits from the Ronald McDonald House Charities brand, yet only disburses roughly 20 percent of the funding globally and ten percent locally. The Ronald McDonald Houses operate internationally to assist financially beset families with shelter and […]
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new influenza vaccine for sale in the United States containing genetically modified organisms. The vaccine, Flublok, includes recombinant DNA technology and an insect virus called baculovirus. Insect cells programmed to produce hemagglutinin, a flu virus protein necessary for entry of the virus into the body’s cells. Flu […]
A landmark court decision on inheritance has boosted the struggle for women’s rights in Botswana. The Court of Appeal in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others upheld the right of four sisters to become heirs to their family homestead. The decision rejected the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law only sons were allowed to inherit it. […]
A report released by The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit criminal justice advocacy group, reveals that the number of prisoners serving life sentences in the US state and federal prisons reached a new record of close to 160,000 in 2012. Of these, 49,000 are serving life without possibility of parole, an increase of 22.2 […]