In Wednesday's show, we look at a new cancer drug, Avastin, which can reportedly extend patients' lives. But there is a public debate about how much medical care should be made available at the end of life. Henry Aaron, a senior fellow and noted health care expert with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the issue.
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This week Human Rights Watch released "Unbearable Pain," an extensive report on palliative care in India. The organization believes that denying pain relief to terminally ill patients violates a basic health care right, and that the Indian government should require hospitals to provide morphine. Watch the multimedia feature and read our Q&A with the report's lead researcher.
According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 flu virus has killed just under 1,500 people worldwide. Right now, it is spreading through India's sizeable population. Dr. Martin Blaser of New York University's School of Medicine discusses the risks of the flu pandemic from a global perspective.
Apropos of the current health care debate in the United States: What happens when a government you happen not to approve of does some good things? The case in point is Cuba, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, where the level of health care is startling.
Canada has worked to cut administrative costs attached to medical care. Now, basic health care is universal and, in most parts of the country, free -- and remarkably little paperwork is involved.
Since the 1930s, heparin has helped save the lives of millions of dialysis and surgery patients. Then, in 2006, Chinese suppliers of the drug’s basic material contaminated it with a mysterious ingredient. Patients began to die.
Cervical cancer is the number one killer of women in Latin America, but Nicaraguan women are finding hope with the help of the country's top export -- coffee.