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  • Haiti in a Time of Cholera

    Nearly 8,000 people have died horrible, painful deaths since a cholera epidemic swept through Haiti after a major earthquake in 2010. Over half a million others have been infected, and containment is nowhere in sight with dozens dying each week. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that United Nations peacekeepers brought the disease into the country.
  • Uncounted Casualties

    A three-day series that analyzed causes of death for 266 Texas veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The six-month investigation uncovered previously unknown information, pulling data from a variety of federal, state and local sources. The series, which also depended on extensive interviews with family members and fellow service members, revealed the startling number of Texas veterans dying of prescription drug overdoses, suicides and motor vehicle crashes. The newspaper's analysis was hailed by epidemiologists and former Department of Veterans Affairs researchers as an important step in understanding veteran mortality, and led to calls for better government tracking of how veterans are dying.
  • Perils of the New Pesticides

    An analysis of EPA data by the Center of Public Integrity shows that the number of reported human health problems, including severe reactions, attributed to pyrethrins and pyrethroids increased by about 300 percent over the past decade. These pesticides are marketed as the safe alternative to older pesticides, but researchers, epidemiologists, and doctors are starting to question the safety of these products. The investigation also found that the EPA received 25,000 reports of pet pesticide reactions of every sort -- fatal, major, moderate and minor -- to over-the-counter pyrethroid spot on products.
  • The killing fields

    GQ questions the mass killing of cows in Britain during the food-and-mouth epidemic, and finds it to be "an epic waste." The story exposes political reasons behind the drastic measures. "The pyres are unnecessary ... for the simple reason that foot-and-mouth rarely kills," the magazine reports. The reporter quotes epidemiologists who say that, "in clinical terms, foot-and-mouth is about as serious , to animals or to people, as a bad cold." A major finding is that Britain has chosen to ban the vaccine, because it is difficult to distinguish vaccinated animals from infected animals. Many countries - U.S. amongst them - would not import "tainted" meat, even if it poses no risk to human health, the story reveals.
  • Death on the Border

    A baby was born in a Brownsville, Texas hospital without a brain. The next day there was another one. The epidemiologists totaled up rates many gruesome defect that leaves babies stillborn, or kills them within hours of birth. There were also neural tube defect survivors, crippled by spina bifida, but still alive.