The fact that 80 daily milligrams of simvastatin (brand name Zocor) can cause serious muscle damage has been known for years. So why did it take the Food and Drug Administration so long to tell doctors and patients they should avoid that dose?
The answer reveals a lot about the FDA's reluctance to restrict use of a popular drug — much less move to take it off the market — even when there are safer alternatives.
A realtor sign advertises a reduced price in front of a home for sale May 27, 2009 in San Anselmo, California. In today's 2nd hour, we'll talk about the state of the housing market and what it means for the economy at large.
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Attitudes About Safe Sex It's been 30 years since the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS, and it doesn't seem to evoke the fear it once did in America. Fewer people are being tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and condom sales have flatlined. The national media campaigns for HIV/AIDS education that were heavily promoted in the 80s and 90s aren't as prevalent today. Neal Conan talks with Vallerie Wagner, Pepper Schwartz, and Sarah Brown about how attitudes have changed when it comes to practicing safe sex
The 'SlutWalk' movement's popularity is sparking debate about the use of the word 'slut'. It is usually considered a derogatory term for women. But some say embracing the word helps remove its negative connotations. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, about the word's usage and how a new generation of activists are trying to reclaim it. This conversation's material and language may not be appropriate for some listeners.
Earlier this year, a Toronto police officer said women should "avoid dressing like sluts" to evade being sexually assaulted. The remark sparked uproar. In April, the first 'SlutWalk' march occurred in Toronto, Canada. The movement has spread across the world, including the U.S. To learn more about this march and its purpose, Michel Martin speaks with Heather Jarvis, co-founder of the first 'SlutWalk,' and Anna Fry, an organizer of the upcoming walk in Austin, Texas. This conversation's material and language may not be appropriate for some listeners.
As many people think about weddings this June, writer Rich Benjamin is boycotting weddings of his heterosexual friends and family. This is his effort to protest the lack of marriage rights for himself and other homosexual Americans. Host Michel Martin speaks with Benjamin about his boycott and how skipping weddings has affected his friendships.
India's nuptials almost put the Royal Wedding to shame. With a multibillion dollar wedding market, ceremonial extravagances like movie star guests and gold-filled goodie bags are becoming the norm. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ashish Abrol, founder of BigIndianWedding.com, about why Indian weddings are over the top and what the economic ramifications may be.
States are continuing to press legal challenges to President Obama's health care overhaul law. A Florida judge's decision to throw out the law is now before a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. A key issue is whether the government can require Americans to enroll in health insurance. Host Michel Martin discusses the law's potential fate with American Constitution Society Executive Director Caroline Fredrickson, and the Cato Institute's Michael F. Cannon.
DNA evidence found on the steering wheel of the vehicle that hit and killed Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman last year matches the DNA of a woman whom police apparently ruled out last fall as a possible suspect in Durman's death, says a defense attorney for the man accused of murder in the case. The woman, who goes by the nickname "Juicy," is the same woman alleged to be on a recently made video recording admitting she was the driver who hit Durman.
Fort Knox will see millions of dollars in construction projects as the post continues to grow thanks to the Army's realignment process. Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley told a chamber of commerce audience that many of the improvements to date have been made in Elizabethtown. But he said he believes more development needs to take place closer to post, particularly in Radcliff. Freakley said the lack of high-end restaurants, shopping and specialty stores has caused soldiers to leave the area and travel to Louisville.
For many kids, the last year of high school is a bit of a cruise — finishing up a few remaining credits, dreaming of college, hanging out with friends and generally savoring the final, fleeting days of childhood. But it didn't work out that way for Woodford County's Wade Poor. Wade, 17, spent much of this school year dividing his time between a seat in the classroom and the operator's seat on a backhoe, working to keep his family's excavating business from going under after his father became critically ill and unable to work.