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Unethical Syphilis Experiment Revealed

Unethical Syphilis Experiment Revealed

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Here's what we're reading today:

Health Reform: California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a number of bills to move along health reform in the state, including the nation's first state legislation to create health insurance exchanges. Check out the list of signed bills at Health Access' blog.

C8: Did the DuPont chemical C8, used in nonstick and stain-resistant coatings, play a role in delaying puberty among West Virginia teens exposed to it? A new study suggests a link, and the Charleston Gazette has the story.

Medicaid: Recession-driven enrollment in the government-subsidized health insurance program for the poor has skyrocketed by 3.7 million people, the New York Times' Kevin Sack reports.  

Syphilis: An amazing and heartbreaking episode in medical history was revealed today after U.S. officials apologized for a 1940s-era experiment in which government researchers intentionally infected Guatemalans with syphilis to study treatment for the sexually transmitted disease. Reuters' Maggie Fox has the details.

Healthy Beer? Elsevier Global Medical News' Jennie Smith has a fun story on health claims for beer throughout the ages. But what about beer goggles?


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