FROM Rob Stein
Should Homeopathic Remedies Be Regulated? Americans who distrust pharmaceutical companies have helped make homeopathic remedies a multi-billion-dollar industry, but critics say it needs more oversight. So-called "natural remedies" are hugely profitable due to increasing popularity. Before hearings began today, the FDA was flooded with public comments. The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit advocacy group that's pushing the FDA for stricter regulation. Michael De Dora is Director of Public Policy, and he testified at today's first of two sessions. Rob Stein, correspondent and senior editor on NPR 's science desk, has been covering this issue.
First Patient Treated in Stem Cell Study Last Friday, researchers in Atlanta injected millions of embryonic stem cells into a patient with a damaged spine, in the first clinical trial of embryonic stem cells in a human being. Phase I is for safety, but they're looking for therapeutic consequences as well. Some critics say it's premature, while others contend it's immoral. Rob Stein is national science reporter at the Washington Post .
Swine Flu Vaccine Rollout Today Billions of tax dollars have been paid to pharmaceutical giants, millions of doses of vaccine are on their way to huge warehouses and thousands of health workers are waiting. That's according to the Washington Post, which then asks, " will Americans line up " to be vaccinated for swine flu? It's the most ambitious inoculation campaign in American history, but polls show the public is "decidedly ambivalent." Rob Stein is national science reporter for the Washington Post.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.