Category: George Annas

Do voters have the right to know presidential candidates’ health histories?

CNN.com George Annas, School of Public Health On Monday, Donald Trump released a statement by his personal physician that said he’d lost 15 pounds in the last year, takes aspirin daily and a low dose of statin and has “astonishingly excellent” lab test results and blood pressure… Expert quote: “The public has a right to know […]

Wondering if you have the gene linked to Alzheimer’s? You may have to leave the U.S. to find out

Washington Post George Annas, School of Public Health Suppose you want to know if you have the gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease, or the one for breast cancer, or the one pertaining to how you handle caffeine… Expert quote: “To say there’s information about yourself that you can’t have – that’s certainly a tough sell […]

Ben Carson May Have Had Prostate Problems After His Surgery

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) George Annas, School of Public Health GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2002, suggested Tuesday in an interview he had a recurrence of the disease, or problems related to it, seven years later… Expert quote: “We keep that information private because people make decisions […]

Americans Are Still Being Imprisoned For Being HIV Positive

Vice News George Annas, School of Public Health There has never been a documented case in which HIV was transmitted via saliva. But Willie Campbell, who is HIV positive, has been behind bars for nearly a decade and is serving a 35-year sentence for spitting at a Dallas police officer… Expert quote: “Legislators just hate to repeal stuff because they’re afraid […]

If You Paid $500 for a Gene Test, Would You Know What to Do With It?

Bloomberg George Annas, School of Public Health The FDA questions three companies marketing DNA tests directly to consumers… Expert quote: “Right now, almost all of this is premature and not terribly useful to individuals. It’s complicated, and these testing companies are trying to make it appear that it’s much more simplistic so they can sell you […]

Activists: Planned Parenthood admits guilt in its new fetal research policy

Boston Herald George Annas, School of Public Health The anti-abortion activists who targeted Planned Parenthood with undercover videos say the organization’s new policy barring reimbursement for fetal tissue is “an admission of guilt,” and are calling for more details… Expert quote: “They just don’t need the aggravation. They know they’re not going to be left […]