October 09, 2002

Health, with copyright on the side

"He says he prefers not to prescribe contraceptives to single women, but will if they insist and reject his advice to abstain." Hmmm. Is that a desirable approach for the chairman of the FDA's women's health policy committee? The last time I insisted on a specific treatment from a doctor was, umm, never. In other women's health news, "The U.S. abortion rate dropped significantly during the second half of the 1990s...for women below the poverty line, the abortion rate rose 25 percent." As with all surveys, explanations vary depending on one's agenda.

Those of us who suffer from (or just worry about) carpal tunnel syndrome, go beach! Even better, it comes from Hawai'i! On a completely separate topic, the other day I mentioned the copyright case heading for the Supreme Court. Go here for a play-by-play of the arguments and some observations so far.

Opening today at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD: Dream Anatomy. From the Library's collections, it's a gallery of artistic depictions of the human body in "fantastic settings, bizarre juxtapositions, antic poses, intense colors, and fanciful metaphors" from the 1500s forward.

Posted by Linkmeister at October 9, 2002 03:53 PM

Okay um...that W. David Hager guy FRIGHTENS me.

Posted by: JeanNINE at October 10, 2002 08:55 AM

He ain't the only one; the administration appears to be using ideology rather than scientific qualifications to determine who it picks for FDA posts. There's a story in today's NYT (10/10/02) about a couple more.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 10, 2002 03:02 PM

this frightens me to tears. is there any MORE damage this administration can do?

no wait. i didn't ask that. nevermind.

Posted by: kd at October 10, 2002 08:13 PM