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  • Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade

    The investigation finds that a global network of industry groups has spent nearly $100 million to keep asbestos on the market. Public health authorities say this campaign is helping create new epidemics of asbestos-related disease in countries around the world.
  • Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade

    The global investigation finds that a network of industry groups spent nearly $100 million in public and private money to keep asbestos on the market. The disease-causing fiber is creating epidemics in countries such as China and India and it is estimated it will lead to the deaths of five to ten million people by 2030.
  • Culture of Resistance

    The Seattle Time analyzed millions of computerized hospital records, death certificate and other documents to track the swath of one of the nation's most widespread, and preventable, epidemics. In its investigation, the Times gained access to state files that revealed 672 previously undisclosed deaths attributable to the infection. The Times also found that in Seattle's largest public hospital, some patients who are infected with contagious MRSA are roomed with non-infected patients because of overcrowding. In at least a dozen cases, the Times proved that death certificates were inaccurate or incomplete when it came to MRSA.
  • Clear and present danger

    The Washington Post Magazine describes the disastrous epidemics that can ensue, if smallpox is ever used as a biological weapon. The story reveals that smallpox is known as a highly contageous ancient scourge, which "has killed countless millions." The article focuses on the expert knowledge of Ken Alibek, former second-in-command manager of Biopreparat, the Soviet Union's vast biological weapons program. "Bioterrrism experts now believe the smallox virus exists in clandestine biowarfare laboratories in at least three, and possibly more, countries," the magazine reports. The article depicts the symptoms of the deadly disease, and warns about the unbelievable speed that infection can spread with.
  • Will the Black Death return

    Discover examines the chances for a new plague epidemic, pointing to isolated cases of the disease in recent decades. The article tells the history of the "black death's" dissemination and cites scientific studies on plague epidemics in Europe, China and India. The story reveals that Russian bioweapon scientists have developed an antibiotic-resistant plague, and warns against the risk of using plague or anthrax as formidable weapons in bioterrorism wars. Plague can never be eradicated, because it hides in animal reservoirs, finds Discover.
  • The Secret Behind the Sanctions

    A Progressive Magazine investigation reveals that "contrary to the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the county's water supply after the Gulf War." The story reports on documents of the Defense Intelligence Agency proving "the United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, but it went ahead anyway." The article describes multiple death cases, mostly of children, that resulted from the degraded water supply. The author points out that "over the last decade, Washington extended the toll by continuing to withhold approval for Iraq to import the few chemicals and items of equipment it needed in order to clean up its water supply."
  • Making a New Mosquito

    Spielman and D'Antonio report how some scientists "are trying to deprive mosquitos of their ability to spread parasitic infections" such as malaria and dengue fever by altering the genetic makeup of the mosquitos. The strategy of one entomologist, Alexander Raikhel, proposes boosting "the immune response of mosqitos so that they kill pathogens they would normally harbor and pass on to humans." Raikhel and other scientists would release the genetically mutated mosquitos into the wild, allowing them to pass along their traits to wild mosquitos. However, genetic manipulation of mosquitos "is not without risk." At worse, it could "lead to "epidemics as wild mosquitos rebound."
  • Smallpox

    "A six-month investigation by 60 Minutes determined that the smallpox virus, which caused devastating epidemics throughout history and was finally eradicated after a massive worldwide campaign, has returned as a threat. The Soviet Union turned smallpox into a weapon, and after the collapse of the USSR, the 20-ton stock of the virus was no longer secure. We determined, based on confidential intelligence sources, that Iraq has acquired some of that stock by purchasing or getting it from a rogue Russian scientist."
  • Polio Redux

    The Sciences magazine reports that "Decades after the frightening epidemics of the 1940s and the 1950s, some polio survivors are haunted by a troubling new affliction: post-polio syndrome."