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Posted in: Health care gains start soon — bigger ones later See in context

Just watch. It won't be long before U.S. women don't receive routine mammograms before age 50 because some faraway task force decided a 15% risk reduction (i.e. actual lives saved) isn't enough to warrant mass screenings.

I was lucky enough to have a mammogram at 40. Skipped a few years and had another screening. Double mastectomy at 43.

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Posted in: U.S. Congress clears historic health care bill See in context

55% of voters would rather see Congress scrap the original plan and start all over again. Of course, what do the voters know...

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Posted in: Hatoyama, fish dealers welcome tuna ban rejection See in context

If related industries were required to identify tuna species through DNA barcoding, it would help consumers (and hopefully stocks) by providing:

1) Supplier accountability to consumers and laws. 2) Reliable information for health and eco-minded consumers.

For example, one would be held lawfully responsible for the not uncommon practice of selling escolar tuna (banned in Japan/Italy for public health reasons) as albacore or "white tuna." Additionly, eco-minded consumers could be assured they weren't unknowingly getting a critically endangered or overexploited species from the market or on their plate.

****Suppliers Boost Restaurants’ Eco-accountability http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=4294989309

****ID Bluefin Tuna in Sushi Bars: Researcher http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/11/23/consumer-bluefin-tuna-endangered.html

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Posted in: FBI probes Calif sushi restaurant after video sting by 'Cove' producers See in context

The Japanese sushi chef, KIYOSHIRO YAMAMOTO, and 'The Hump' restaurant owned by Typhoon have admitted to their crimes. There are well over 1,000 news stories giving details about it if you google a few terms.

"An attorney for Typhoon, Gary Lincenberg, said the restaurant accepts responsibility for serving whale and will agree to pay a fine. If convicted, the company could be fined up to $200,000. Court records say agents interviewed Yamamoto, a Culver City resident and a chef at The Hump for the past seven years, and he admitted serving whale to two young women. Yamamoto's attorney, Mark Byrne, declined to comment on the charges, saying he hadn't had time to review them. If convicted, Yamamoto could face a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Here is a copy of the actual criminal complaint:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/whale%20sushi%20-%20criminal%20complaint.pdf

Way to get that good PR, Japan!

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