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  • Failure to report: a STAT investigation - Law ignored, patients at risk

    These stories examined how well the nation’s leading clinical research organizations followed the federal law that requires them to report publicly the results of completed clinical trials – experiments involving human subjects. We found that Stanford University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other prestigious medical research institutions flagrantly violated the law, depriving patients and doctors of complete data to gauge the safety and benefits of treatments. Nearly all other institutions – including pharmaceutical companies – flouted the requirements routinely. The failure to report has left gaping holes in the federal ClinicalTrials.gov database used by millions of patients, their relatives, and medical professionals, often to compare the effectiveness and side effects of treatments for deadly diseases. The worst offenders included four of the top 10 recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, all of which disclosed results late or not at all at least 95 percent of the time since reporting became mandatory in 2008. http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/13/clinical-trials-investigation-methodology/ http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/13/clinical-trials-investigation/
  • Newtown One Year After

    Mother Jones senior editor Mark Follman spent the past year covering the recurring tragedies of mass shootings while researching his “Guide to Mass Shootings in America”—a first-of-its-kind, continuously updated dataset that Follman started in July 2012 after the Aurora movie theater shooting. In advance of the December 2013 anniversary of the killings in Newtown, Follman took on a new, especially devastating aspect of the guns beat: He led a group of reporters in documenting the children ages 12 and under who were killed by firearms in the year since the Sandy Hook tragedy. The team undertook an exhaustive analysis, scouring news reports to generate a comprehensive picture of the effects of guns on children in America. Their findings were stark: In the last year alone, guns killed at least 194 children—across 43 states, from inner cities to rural towns. Their average age: 6. The vast majority—127 in total—died in their own homes, with 72 children pulling the trigger themselves or being shot by another child and 60 dying at the hands of their own parents. As many cases don’t make the news, Follman cites medical research that pegs the actual number of child deaths from guns to around 500 each year.
  • America's Worst Charities

    Every year, the worst charities in America rely on telemarketers to collect millions of dollars – purportedly to fund medical research, house homeless veterans or grant a child’s dying wish. These charities pay their hired-gun solicitors as much as 95 cents of every dollar donated. Most of the rest goes to pay the charity’s executives, often in the form of six-figure salaries or consulting fees. This is the truth behind the phone calls. People in need get a pittance of what’s raised.
  • Ken and Rosie

    After many months of negotiation, NBC News’ Senior Investigative correspondent Lisa Myers and Rock Center producer Diane Beasley gained exclusive, unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of biomedical research and one of the few labs in the country that still uses chimpanzees in invasive research, The Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Our report took viewers inside the lab to see how the chimps live and explored the raging ethical and scientific debate over using our closest relative for invasive biomedical research. We spotlighted the plight of 2 aging chimps with health problems, ”Ken and Rosie,” who have spent virtually all 30 years of their lives in research labs, and undergone many painful procedures and raised the question of whether they now deserve to be retired to a sanctuary. We obtained the chimps medical records and revealed that both have serious health problems, even though the lab claims they are healthy and perfect candidates for research. We asked tough questions of the Director of the Primate Center, Dr. John VandeBerg, who asserted that his lab provides a high quality of life for chimpanzees and is just as good as a sanctuary so they should live out their lives in labs.. He said “I think of chimpanzees in the same way that I think of a library. There are many books in the library that will never be used this year or next year. Many of them might never be used again. But we don't know which ones will be needed tomorrow, next year or the year after." Scientists here claim “invasive” research usually is just a needle prick or a blood draw. But, under questioning, a scientist admits that 5 chimps here have died in the last decade during research. Then, we went to the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana—known as CHIMP HAVEN—to contrast the life for retired lab chimpanzees there to that in the lab and show that some retired chimpanzees still haven’t recovered from their life of confinement and experimentation. The stories featured primatologist Jane Goodall and included compelling footage of chimps she helped release from a lab in Austria when they finally were free to go outside for the first time. She argues that these creatures are so intelligent that all invasive research is torture and that, given their age and medical problems, Ken and Rosie, in particular deserve to be retired.
  • Chimps: Life in the Lab

    The series examines in detail the ethics and scientific necessity of medical research using chimpanzees. Focusing on a group of about 200 chimps in a federal facility in New Mexico, the stories showed the long-term mental and physical impact of constant medical experimentation of the chimpanzees, and it was revealed how scientists were moving toward a consensus that chimp experimentation was not scientifically necessary.
  • Side Effects

    "This series began in 2009 after learning that doctors at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine had been receiving payments from drug and medical device companies. It has grown into a much broader and deeper look at the pervasive influence of money in medicine."
  • DNA Deception

    When state health officials were sued for storing infant blood samples without parental consent, they said it was for medical research. The Tribune shows that these health officials were also turning over hundreds of dried blood samples to the federal government without informing the public.
  • Beyond the Breach

    Using accident reports from the Army's top biodefense laboratory as well as a report on a 2002 incident involving the discovery of Anthrax spores near laboratories, the News-Post found that while the Army had made efforts to improve safety, accidents attributable to negligence and carelessness still occurred. The investigation focuses on the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
  • Brains For Sale

    This investigation revealed that the King County medical examiner's office was selling the brains of deceased mentally ill people to private research labs. In some instances, next-of-kin were not notified of these organ donations. In others, consent forms were incomplete.
  • A Shadow of Doubt

    The series examined the role and influence that drug company funding plays in medical research done at Texas' public medical schools. It examined the financial ties between the schools and pharmaceutical companies and between the top researchers and those companies. A major theme of the findings was that the drug companies in many cases are using the schools--and their reputations--to help market drugs that are now being blamed for causing medical and psychological harm to the patients taking them.