Author Archives: Azra

The Foodies vs. Big Food

How has reading a book club book influenced your everyday life? Around this time last year, we read Barbara Kingsolver’s inspiring Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a documentation of her family’s yearlong effort to eat locally sourced food (much of which they grew themselves). … Continue reading

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Recent articles on pesticides and endocrine disruptors

As we’re currently making our way through Our Stolen Future, I came across this NYT article from Nicholas Kristof that looks at endocrine disruptors and mice studies. He explains why he, as an opinion writer and “pundit”, now covers the public health concern: One … Continue reading

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Who participates in clinical trials? And Why?

As I’m making my way through Polio: An American Story, I’m struck by the descriptions of Salk’s vaccines going missing during The Clinical Trial. Participating clinicians wanted to use the vaccines on themselves and their families to protect them from polio. It … Continue reading

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Half the Sky Documentary Reviewed

Did you watch the Half the Sky documentary on PBS? What did you think? I wrote up some of my thoughts about the film at Muslimah Media Watch. In a nutshell: the inclusion of celebrities in the documentary was  incredibly disappointing for … Continue reading

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On the Nuremberg Code

Harriet Washington, the author of Medical Apartheid (another book on my list of things to one day read) and the new book Deadly Monopolies, recently wrote an article that posits how the Nuremberg Code…”is routinely being ignored” in The New Scientist … Continue reading

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“A Single Man: One Chinese Bachelor’s Search for Love”

Good recently ran an interesting read that follows a Chinese man’s quest for love. The authors identify the following three reasons for the Chinese sex ratio imbalance: Decline in fertility Women, in turn, want to make sure that the children they … Continue reading

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Up for discussion: Unnatural Selection

For our upcoming discussion of Hvistendahl’s Unnatural Selection, here’s some questions to consider: What was your general impression of the book? Likes/dislikes?  Why don’t we hear about sex selection more often as something to be aware of? Why haven’t more … Continue reading

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