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Today’s roundup of news stories related to health disparities, health care, health issues, direct service, social justice, animal welfare, environmentalism… basically, all things Schweitzer:

  • Aides indicate that President Obama still favors a public health insurance option (CNN)
  • Duke University study finds that binge drinking isn’t just an issue for college kids (US News & World Report)
  • Polio’s spread in Nigeria may be linked to what’s used to treat it: an oral vaccine containing the live virus (MSNBC)
  • Remote Area Medical is in the midst of an LA-area eight-day free clinic event, and has already served thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients (LA Times)
  • Researchers find a genetic reason for racial disparities in the efficacy of Hep B treatment (New York Times)
  • President Obama speaks out against the Defense of Marriage Act, which “denies benefits to domestic partners of federal employees and allows states to reject same-sex marriages performed in other states” (Washington Post)