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  • PUSHING PAIN: PROFITS BEFORE PATIENTS

    The amount of painkillers dispensed in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999-2010 even though the amount of pain Americans have reported has not changed, resulting in what the Centers for Disease Control and prevention calls an epidemic which takes over twenty thousand lives each year. This was an impetus for Reporter Dina Gusovsky to investigate a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company called Insys Therapeutics, which is accused of contributing to these grim statistics. It’s main revenue generating drug is a highly addictive opiate one hundred times more powerful that morphine, which the FDA says should only be used for late stage cancer pain; however, the company is now being investigated in at least six states for pushing the drug far beyond cancer patients, engaging in kickback schemes, off-label marketing, and other illegal business practices all in attempt to grow profits. Two days after our report first aired, which included exclusive interviews with whistleblowers and investigators, the company’s CEO resigned. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000444339&play=1 http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000445892&play=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Uy3eDqzUc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP28vnux3yI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXFetMnNJSk
  • Ebola Crisis: Unprepared in Dallas

    For months in the summer of 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had warned the country’s health-care community that an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Western Africa could make its way here. The feds assured the public that America’s modern medical resources and infrastructure could avert a crisis. We were told hospitals had prepared and trained their staffs, using CDC guidelines, to address a virus they had never seen. Yet in late September, when a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan walked into a Dallas emergency room with fever, headache and abdominal pains, his doctor and nurses found him unremarkable – just another of the night’s many victims of mishap and contagion. He was sent away after a few hours with antibiotics. None of the caregivers realized the encounter would soon become part of U.S. medical history.
  • No Small Thing

    The Poughkeepsie Journal series “No Small Thing” goes where no other newspaper or media outlet has – it challenges the mainstream medical dogma on Lyme disease. In rigorously documented articles, Projects Writer Mary Beth Pfeiffer concludes that the major actors in this public health scandal -- chiefly the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Infectious Disease Society of America – have minimized and mismanaged a burgeoning epidemic of tick-borne disease at great harm to thousands of infected people. These two powerful institutions have held – in policy and pronouncement -- that Lyme disease is easy to diagnose and easy to cure. It is neither.
  • Hospital Regulations Let Formula Vie with Breast Milk

    A new federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says nearly 80 percent of U.S. hospitals give newborns formula when not medically necessary. The investigation compares how Chicago-area hospitals approach breast feeding and finds that some hospitals are not strongly encouraging it.
  • Dead Wrong: What's Really Killing America

    Inaccurate data on what kills people in this country is rampant. There are some cases where cause of death is fraudulently invented, but in most cases autopsies are simple conducted incorrectly to the tune of at least a third of death diagnoses. In many cases, cause of death is never determined and these patterns are exacerbated along disadvantaged socioeconomic lines. Such inaccurate data on deaths is feared to skew research on preventative measures.
  • Saving Babies: Exposing Sudden Infant Death in America

    Hargrove, Hoffman, and Bowman reviewed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's records and found "inaccurate diagnoses of sudden infant deaths throughout America...The study found that states with multiple levels of Child Death Review boards are much more likely to detect infant homicides and accidental asphyxiations than states with little or no such review."
  • Coverage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    "The Center for Disease Control and Prevention-- the world's premier public health agency-- is in turmoil and foundering. It is at risk from many of the same ills that lead to FEMA's disastrous performance after Hurricane Katrina, according to Young's reporting on the Atlanta-based agency."
  • Fatal Food

    "Using files from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Scripps Howard News Service studied how effectively state health departments detect and diagnose the causes of food-borne illnesses outbreaks." A wide range of results were found. Some states were nearly perfect while others were oblivious to the connection between food sickness and outbreaks of diseases.
  • Starving for care: Nursing home patients die from malnutrition

    This investigation by the Detroit News found that thousands of nursing home patients die each year because of malnutrition and dehydration. The report is based on an analysis of 9.7 million death records from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 7.5 million hospital discharges from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The News' analysis suggests that many of the deaths could have been prevented. Related stories discuss how a nurse and aide shortage imperils patients, how instances of abuse often go unreported, and how family members can curb nursing home malnutrition and find good care.
  • Mad Cow Disease in the United States

    Mitchell's investigation revealed several flaws in a few of the U.S. agencies meant to prevent and contain illnesses such as mad cow and Creutzfeld Jakob diseases. This series looks at the problems and inconsistencies within these programs and was also cited in the Inspector General's audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mad cow surveillance program. The investigation also looks into possible cases of mad cow disease in the United States which have gone undetected or may have been kept under wraps.