Category «Diseases»

Preventing Flu Deaths

Re “Winter Is Flu Season, but Maybe It Doesn’t Have to Be” (Week in Review, Dec. 26): You say “it would be nice to know for sure” that immunizing schoolchildren against influenza is the most effective route to prevent flu-related deaths among the vulnerable. There is no need for a new national study, nor do …

Reassessing The Use of Animal Tests to Predict Human Cancer Risk

As we went to press with America’s War on “Carcinogens,” we had just passed a dubious national anniversary: November 2004 marked the forty-fifth anniversary of America’s first major “carcinogen” scare. Just prior to Thanksgiving, a federal official announced that there was a “cancer-causing” chemical in the cranberry crop — and the safety of one of …

Government Cancer Tips Are Misleading

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (and quickly challenging heart disease for that ranking). Understandably, Americans are very concerned and fearful about cancer — and would welcome sound information on how to reduce the risk of the various forms of this disease. In an attempt to fill that need, …