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Yesterday Huff Post Impact published an article titled “Sequestration Forces Cancer Clinic Patients To Travel Thousands Of Miles For Treatment.”
The article’s author Sam Stein writes:
Some cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials in rural areas will have to travel thousands of miles to continue their treatments as a byproduct of spending cuts brought on by the sequester.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that cancer clinics were starting to turn away Medicare patients because the cost of administering chemotherapy drugs had risen significantly under sequestration. Those patients were left seeking treatments at local hospitals that still had the capacity to provide care.
But the situation is much more complicated and dire when it comes to cancer patients taking part in clinical trials. Because those patients are part of small groups involved in drug development research, their options for supplemental care are limited. In some cases, cancer patients in rural areas may be forced to travel all the way across the country to get the treatment they need.
Yesterday Amnesty International published a report on the use of the death penalty.
According to Amnesty International:
Although the global trend towards abolition remained strong, 2012 saw a disappointing resumption of executions in some countries. The total number of confirmed executions was 682, two more than in 2011. Executions were recorded in 21 countries, the same number as 2011. The number of countries where death sentences were imposed fell from 63 to 58.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday The Raw Story picked up an AFP article titled “‘Ding Dong! The witch is dead’ heads to top of UK charts after death of Margaret Thatcher.”
The article reads:
“Ding Dong! The witch is dead”, as sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, on Tuesday raced to the top of the Amazon download chart in Britain, a day after the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Another version sung by jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald placed at number 4 and also topped the iTunes UK vocal chart as record-buyers passed their judgement on the legacy of Thatcher, who died of a stroke on Monday aged 87.
The records’ success comes on the back of a Facebook campaign celebrating the death of the divisive leader.
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