Headlines: October 5, 2009

Ted Hutchinson, Publications Director

On Monday morning, the news can be as scattered as my mind after a nice long weekend. So here is a brief look at what’s making the headlines today…
We begin with an interesting look at Arkansas senator Blanche Lincoln, who is a key player in the health care reform debate. As a fiscally conservative democrat, Lincoln is a critical figure in determining what kind of health care bill will eventually pass by the Senate.
Also instructive is this fascinating look at the increasingly prominent role played by neighborhood pharmacies in basic health care. These pharmacies are not just for filling prescriptions anymore; folks now go there to see nurses, get shots, and receive diagnosis. This article examines the trend, with all of its advantages and worries.
Congratulations to the three American researchers who share this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Finally, here is a fine article by Alice Dreger in the bioethics forum, arguing that the NFL needs to do a much better job of taking care of its player’s health after their playing days have ended. Good stuff here.
 As always, I also want to remind readers that I am always looking for interesting headlines related to Law, Medicine, and Ethics. If you have a tip, please feel free to leave it in the comment section or email me at thutchinson@aslme.org.
Hope you all have a good day!