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  • Ambushed at Home

    A Reuters investigation revealed a toxic scourge on some of America’s largest military installations, where failure to maintain privatized housing exposed children to lead, a toxin that can stunt brain development and cause lifelong impairment.
  • Colgate Total Ingredient Linked to Hormones, Cancer Spotlights FDA Process

    Kary exposed health risks posed by antibacterial chemical triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste, in part by examining pages of Colgate-Palmolive's Food and Drug Administration application that were kept private after the toothpaste's 1997 approval. These previously undisclosed pages, summaries of scientific studies Colgate submitted as part of its new-drug application, contained indications of a potential health danger in one of America's top-selling toothpastes, according to scientists who reviewed them for Bloomberg News. Kary's article raises important questions, including whether the FDA did appropriate due diligence in approving Total 17 years ago, and whether its approval should stand in light of new research. By combining tough and fair investigative reporting, clear science writing and an examination of America's regulatory system, Kary's piece gave readers a valuable new tool for decision-making on an important health and wellness front.
  • As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester

    For years, Sheri Farley worked in a cushion-making factory. Spray-gun in hand, she stood enveloped in a yellowish fog, breathing glue fumes that ate away at her nerve endings. “Dead foot” set in. She walked with a limp, then a cane, then she didn't walk much at all. “Part of the job,” was the shrugging response from her managers. This article was the first to reveal how the furniture industry used a dangerous chemical called nPB despite urgent warnings from the companies that manufactured it. The story also described egregious behavior by a small cushion-making company in North Carolina called Royale Comfort Seating, where Ms. Farley worked. The piece spotlighted the consequences of OSHA's failure to police long-term health risks and how efforts to control one chemical left workers exposed to something worse. Workplace illnesses like Ms. Farley's affect more than 200,000 Americans per year and cost our economy more than $250 billion annually. The agency responsible for ensuring that Americans can breathe clean air on the job focuses primarily on deadly accidents. But ten times as many people die from inhaling toxic substances at work.
  • "The Air We Breathe"

    The people living in and around Pittsburgh are breathing in some of the poorest quality air in the U.S. High levels of Benzene and other harmful chemicals have been found in the air causing potentially serious health risks to residents who inhale the "toxic brew" over a long time period. The Allegheny County Board of Health has "indefinitely postponed" voting on issuing new air quality permits.
  • CDC Buries Toxic Warnings

    "The Centers for Disease Control suppressed repeated warnings from one of its top scientists, raising questions about whether the CDC bowed to pressure from FEMA to conceal the long-term health risks of formaldehyde in the trailers it distributed to hurricane victims."
  • Bitter Pills

    "Medicines for cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure - even the front-line defense against bird flu - are being counterfeited by international rings." Dateline NBC examines how "loopholes in existing government regulations have allowed the fakes to reach U.S. drug stores - even major chains like CVS and Rite Aid." The investigation into this potential health risk found, among other things, a cocaine smuggler who now counterfeits Lipitor "because there was less risk and more money." Also, photos of counterfeit operations revealed some "based in caves, others using drywall, cement and highway paint among their ingredients."
  • "Viagra"

    CBS News reported on the concerns about the potential for blindness among Viagra users. Through the Freedom of Information Act they obtained adverse event data and found at least 800 reports of vision problems in a four-year period, including some cases of total blindness. The FDA is considering label changes for Viagra and other impotence drugs.
  • Merck Suppressed Vioxx Dangers

    NPR reveals how Merck conducted a sophisticated campaign to hide the health risks of Vioxx from physicians over many years. This was done long before it pulled the painkiller from the market in 2004 because of a study that showed that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.
  • Drug Danger Cover-up? Evidence of Suppressed Information

    In a six month investigation of the antidepressant manufacturers, PrimeTime Live uncovered a trail of internal documentation revealing efforts to suppress information regarding serious adverse health risks from consumers and the doctors who prescribe these powerful psychoactive medications. Patients, and parents of juvenile patients, suspected that the drug companies were not coming clean about the negative effects of antidepressants.
  • The BALCO steroid conspiracy case

    This article details the investigation of BALCO, a steroid mill, and found that professional athletes have been using steroids and other illegal substances. The article also describes the underground corruption of professional athletics, which includes trading money and many health risks.