VICE spoke with whistleblower Pamela Gray, who testified before Congress about the dangerous levels of narcotics she witnessed being prescribed while working as a doctor in a VA hospital.
Instead of helping, the VA is actually creating addicts, she tells us. "Narcotics are very cheap. You can see high volumes of patients in a short amount of time at relatively no cost."
For veterans suffering from mental health issues like PTSD and anxiety, narcotics such as OxyContin and Vicodin actually increase the risk of depression and suicide. A major study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans found that the VA contributes directly to these problems by prescribing such high levels of opiates.
As Gray says, "I do not understand how any medical institution in good conscience can perpetuate a therapy that is harmful to the people that they are supposed to serve."
The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and organs to behavioral data. That's why a new study in which researchers found that [rodents] actually fear men, but not women, has the potential to be so disruptive. It might mean that a number of researchers have published mouse studies in which their results reflect this male-induced stress effect -- and they know nothing about it.
For years, the suspicion that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fortune has intrigued many but defied efforts to uncover it. Putin may control $40 billion or even $70 billion, in theory making him not only the richest head of state in world history but possibly the richest man alive in the world today. Now, the quest to track down, and isolate, Putin's billions launches in earnest. President Barack Obama's response to the Ukraine crisis has reinvigorated a 15-year global hunt for Putin's hidden wealth. read more
Tim Wu, The New Yorker: [T]he Washington Post has confirmed, based on inside sources, that the new [FCC] rule gives broadband providers "the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers ... in a commercially reasonable matter." That