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  • Una Realidad Embarazosa: A Shameful Reality

    The story addresses the realities of teenage pregnancies in Colombia. The reporters examine the failures of sex education in schools and the lack of effective campaigns by the government. The story includes the profile of one young woman who, like many, chooses to get pregnant in order to escape domestic violence and poverty.
  • PharmaWater

    "The year-month long project by the AP National Investigative Team found that drugs- mostly the residue of medications taken by people, excreted and flushed down the toilet- have gotten into the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans in at least 24 major metropolitan areas, from Southern California to Norther New Jersey." A follow-up was written after the original series.
  • Patch Problems

    A review of Food and Drug Administration records indicated that at least 12 women who used the birth-control patch died from blood clots in 2004, and that the risk of dying or suffering a survivable blood clot while using the device was about three times higher than while using birth control pills.
  • Children Left Behind

    The reporters set out to assess the problems children in Cleveland face. They managed to uncover hazards that even the public officials and community activists who had dedicated their careers to these issues. for example, they found that half a million Ohio Children live next door to a toxic waste site. Another finding was that nearly 1 million children live in poor housing, putting them at greater risk for fires, accidents, and environmental health hazards such as lead poisoning and asthma. They also discovered that babies born to teenage mothers are much more likely to be premature, and these babies had cost the state roughly $161 million dollars in five year. Another finding was that children of color were in most danger, they account for about a quarter of all child deaths.
  • Telling Tales Out of School

    "Educators are duping parents, lying to them, and experimenting on their children. That's what legislators nationwide are hearing as they ponder laws that would codify parent rights. The question is: What do these tales, so full of sound and fury, really signify?" Education Week then examines recent political movements and law suits, and attempts to answer that question.
  • Danger at the drugstore

    A study by U.S. News in cooperation with Georgetown University School of Medicine reveals that pharmacists are failing to protect patients against dangerous interactions of prescription drugs. One of the major findings is that many pharmacists who participated in the study did not alert consumers to the potentially lethal interaction between a common antihistamine and an antifungal drug. Indianapolis pharmacists proved to be the most cautious, while in Denver more than half failed to alert customers about the risky interaction. The story describes several most common potentially dangerous interactions, or such that can weaken the efficacy of at least one of the drugs taken at the same time. Because of the profit-oriented pricing structures of the managed-care companies, today's pharmacists have little incentive to judge and report the clinical significance of the side effect of prescription drugs, the magazine reports.
  • Like a virgin

    Spin examines the health risks related to the new teenagers' vogue - abstinence until marriage - inspired by chaste celebrities. The story finds that abstinence-only education is a contradiction in terms. It points to statistics showing that "pledge-takers were less likely to use contraception during their first time - the probable result of not being educated enough about health risks and not planning for the encounter. "A promise made is not always a promise kept," Spin points out.
  • Parental Discretion: China Tries Easing Once-Brutal Approach to Family Planning

    Wall Street Journal reports on the use of family planning methods in China. Since 1980 China has 'encouraged' families to one child, "but left the implementation up to local officials-who often abused their power by carrying out directives with brute force." But after the country paid for Ms. Liu to observe family-planning tactics in Thailand in 1996- change has been occurring in China. Ms. Liu and her colleagues have changed family-planning offices where male officials simply sat behind desks to "wide-open service stations that encourage drop-in visitors". They have thrown out "dense, text-heavy pamphlets on family-planning policy" and replaced them with cartoon characters explaining subjects easier to women with little education. In addition, the article reports on the importance of more than one child to Chinese farmers. While there are still heavy fines for having more than one child, farming communities like Yicheng "have been permitted since 1985 to have two children as long as they space them five years apart." The article continues to report on China's new family-planning reforms.
  • The Pretenders

    A CTV investigation sheds light on numerous cases, when crisis pregnancy centers in North America provide false information or use scare tactics, instead of fairly counselling women with unplanned pregnancies. The story reveals that "in reality, these centers are little more than fronts for pro-life activists who counsel women against having an abortion." Using hidden camera investigative techniques, reporters reveal "the lies that are told," like exaggerations of health risks and scary descriptions of medical procedures. They also find that some centers use religious arguments to dissuade women from having an abortion.
  • "The Politics of Birth Control: How ProLife Forces Strangle Research"

    On September 18, after a seven-year battle to introduce RU 486 in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration finally announced it was approving the new "abortion drug". While pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers often bemoan long and laborious fights for FDA approval, RU 486 moved swiftly through the maze. In fact, the entire regulatory process took less than two years. But RU 486 faced a different kind of obstacle: the prolifers. Not a single American company was willing to risk their wrath by selling this drug. They had already witnessed the potential costs of such a venture. In 1989, after introducing RU 486 in France, the makers of the pill, Roussel Uclaf, briefly considered bringing it to the US. When American prolifers learned of Roussel Uclaf's plans, they mounted a massive campaign, got George Bush to ban the drug's import, and threatened to boycott the products of Roussel Uclaf and its sister companies.