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Unacceptable diseases.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 01, 2013

Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Near the end of this documentary a woman calls the pink ribbon of breast cancer-awareness a "made in China" tag.
Documenting hypocrisy in the breast-cancer awareness movement
By MILES BOWE  |  June 22, 2012

Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

HIV infection is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Rhode Island, even as it is declining for other populations: injection drug users, who are considered particularly at risk, and heterosexuals.
Health Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 11, 2011

Review: Puncture

Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
Facing down fat cats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2011
50-50 short takes

Review: 50/50

In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
An edgy concept, and a fine cast
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011

Review: Life, Above All

A grave, quietly moving coming-of-age tale of a young girl raised in a village where many (her infant sister, in this case) are robbed of the opportunity to come of age at all, Oliver Schmitz's film is told effectively through the sad, wise eyes of the 1
A quietly moving coming-of-age tale
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 05, 2011


The sudden return of an old killer: syphilis

Dr. Gail Skowron, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Roger Williams Medical Center, has worked in a small HIV clinic at the hospital for 21 years.
Medical Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2011

An Interview with Tim from the superstar foursome Antiques

Back in 2007 I saw a band named Antiques play P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville. At that show, the only people to show up were me, my four friends, and maybe two other people. It’s not exactly an anomaly for a band to find themselves playing to an empty room at that place. But in this situation it was so painfully obvious to everyone in attendance that this band clearly should have been playing to a packed club and not six clowns such as ourselves. They were that good. So then and there I decided that I had to write an article about them, one that would put these boys into the spotlight they so richly deserved. And I did. The article was called “Dynamic Duo” and it was in the “Music and Clubs” section of the paper. It, of course, made the band stars, just as Jon Landau’s piece in The Real Paper (!) catapulted Bruce Springst
By Ian Sands  |  March 20, 2009

Flashbacks: On the job with the National Enquirer, the politics of orange juice, and the Boston nominee for a National AIDS Commission with politics just “to the left of Lyndon LaRouche”

TRASH TALK10 years agoMarch 5, 1999 | Seth Mnookin shadowed the National Enquirer’s executive editor David Perel at the publication’s offices in South Florida.“Perel spends...
By Ian Sands  |  March 05, 2009
Wine (or any alcohol) Can Turn You Into a Werewolf

Wine (or any alcohol) Can Turn You Into a Werewolf

One groggy morning I was reading the Huffington Post when I came across a story about a guy, a docto...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 23, 2009