Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Doctor Who Became Public Enemy #1

Update from Post-coup Honduras by Robert Huish
Dr. Luther Castillo’s voice is heard across Cuba every night. From somewhere in Honduras, Dr. Castillo calls into the television program Mesa Redonda (The Roundtable), a nightly news and opinion program broadcast out of Havana. Using his cell phone, and the cell phones of others, he tells Cubans about the military coup in his homeland. He talks about how the situation is unfolding from the point of view of those who need medical care as a result of the military’s brutality.

Monday, July 20, 2009

“They Dump the Sick to Satisfy Investors”: Insurance Exec Turned Whistleblower Wendell Potter Speaks Out Against US Healthcare Industry

Courageous interviews on Democracy Now! and Bill Moyers Journal

From Democracy Now!: "As the debate over healthcare reform intensifies on Capitol Hill, we spend the hour with a former top insurance executive who’s now exposing the industry’s dirty secrets. Wendell Potter once served as the head of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies. We speak to Potter about his own transformation from industry mouthpiece to whistleblower, the healthcare industry’s extensive PR and lobbying machine, the campaign to discredit Michael Moore’s film Sicko, and the insurance industry’s most pressing task: the fight against a public option, let alone a single-payer system. [includes rush transcript]"

Thursday, July 9, 2009

International Congress on Circumpolar Health

In mid July, the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories will host the International Congress on Circumpolar Health. The Congress offers a forum for the exchange of health-related knowledge amongst scientists, health care professionals, policy analysts, government agencies, and community leaders committed to the health and wellbeing of northern peoples.  Delegates from across Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Scandinavia, Russia, and Alaska will meet to exchange knowledge on: chronic disease, environmental and occupational health, ethics and Indigenous research, food security, health impacts of demographic change, infectious disease, injury prevention, mental health and wellness, newborn and child care, population health science, service delivery and infrastructure, women's health, and the social determinants of health in the north.  For details on the conference visit: