Toppling the 'Big Three'--Medical Care, Behavior and Genes

March 2009
Nieman Reports;Spring2009, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p55
The article examines "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick," a television news program series broadcast in 2008 by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's PBS television network on social issues in medical care and public health. The program focused on how social problems and income inequality affect health outcomes, such as how the starting rate of diabetes among Tohono O'odham Indians in Arizona has been caused by the tribe's dependence on U.S. government surplus food with high sugar content, as their reservation's water-supply has been largely diverted to agricultural interests elsewhere in the state. Executive producer Larry Adelman discusses the program's impact on public health officials in the U.S.


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