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The Top Ten News Stories of 2009 for Santa Fe and the Countrynew

As the economy tumbled, with it came the housing market, the job market and the public pocketbook. At the same time, lack of access to affordable health care became an intolerable political juggernaut, pay-to-play scandals unfolded here and elsewhere, and swine flu panic gripped the nation.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Santa Fe Reporter Staff  |  12-31-2009  |  Commentary

Health Care or Hell? A Diary of H1N1new

I asked myself what other business in civilized society would allow a customer to sit in their lobby for an entire day. Waiting. Hour after hour. No apologies, no apparent attempt to speed things up or call in extra help. I actually thought it was normal...for the first six hours.
Weekly Alibi  |  Michael P. D'Arco  |  12-08-2009  |  Science

As PR Grows and Journalism Shrinks, Who Will Separate Fact from Fiction?new

The H1N1 vaccine rollout in Canada has been a complete gong show, a cacophonous torrent of contradictory messages flying in all directions. The communication has gone completely haywire, and it's not just government spreading confusion.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Jeremy Klaszus  |  11-17-2009  |  Media

Dithering While America Sneezes

America's scandalous lame (non-)response to the swine flu pandemic isn't a big deal. Not compared to, say, the melting of the polar ice cap. It isn't torture. Or war. It pales next to giving hundreds of billions of dollars to wealthy bankers and nothing to homeowners facing foreclosure. But it sure is interesting.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-05-2009  |  Science

Ignorance and Stupidity are Leading Too Many People to Avoid Flu Vaccinesnew

There are some parents who don't think that the H1N1 flu will be worse than any other flu, so why bother? I actually agree with them, but they're in the minority of the abstainers. The vast majority of those who are rejecting the vaccine are doing so out of wrongheaded politics or an empty-headed misunderstanding of science.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  10-15-2009  |  Science

Swine Flu Summit Aims to 'Keep the World Working' During Pandemicnew

Business leaders from the largest corporations in the United States come to Minneapolis, with purses full of hand sanitizer, to learn how to cope with swine flu.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  09-30-2009  |  Science

Why Are Insurers Blocking H1N1 Treatment Prescriptions?

I got swine flu. Five days later, I was at death's door -- because my evil insurance company wouldn't honor my doctor's prescription. Memo to future revolutionaries: if you require a firing squad for the executives of the Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York, I'm handy with a rifle.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-23-2009  |  Science

Cartoon: Swine Flu Scammingnew

Some expert scientists say that half of the U.S. population could be infected with swine flu this winter. But there's good news: Since the only way the government will treat you for free is when there's a newsworthy epidemic, this might work out to a form of de facto health insurance! We certainly won't be getting anything out of the Obama Administration.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-03-2009  |  Cartoons

Missing the Point on Immunizationsnew

And while few Americans now worry about measles, doctors who are concerned that the immunization program that has proven effective at controlling it and other fearful diseases is fraying at the edges.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  08-04-2009  |  Science

Immunization Bottleneck Looms in Colorado Springsnew

Few Americans now worry about measles and doctors are concerned that the immunization program that has proven effective at controlling it and other fearful diseases is fraying at the edges.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  07-30-2009  |  Science

Vermont Health Commissioner Isn't Sweating Swine Flunew

The combination of a deadly new bug and the erosion of resources for her department will test the public-health and managerial chops of Wendy Davis, the state's No. 1 health officer.
Seven Days  |  Kevin J. Kelley  |  05-22-2009  |  Science

Fighting the Pig Cootiesnew

How will the Mexican Pig Cooties affect financially challenged urban residents?
Jackson Free Press  |  Ken Stiggers  |  05-11-2009  |  Comedy

A Wide Border Network Helps Separate Swine-Flu Facts From Fictionnew

Whether this bout of swine flu goes hog-wild or fizzles into history, it has allowed officials to test an emerging communications network that reaches from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention down to little Nogales, Ariz.—and then leaps the border into Mexico.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Vanderpool  |  05-07-2009  |  Science

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