Health & Travel

Published Precision vs. Profits, an investigation for Discover Magazine on costly prostate treatments of marginal benefit to thousands of men.

The Yaz Men: FDA advisors’ have ties to industry

Members of FDA panel reviewing the risks of popular Bayer contraceptive had industry ties.

US advisory panellists on drug’s safety had ties to manufacturers

At least four members of a key committee advising the US Food and Drug Administration on the safety of a top selling drug have had financial ties to its manufacturers, raising questions about the rigor with which the agency minimises potential conflicts of interest.

Flight 405: The Story of Four Passengers

They were four strangers going about the routine business of flying. They trusted that commercial aviation had become as safe as the government and the airlines could make it. They were wrong. (From, “Deadly Delays,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Cheerio, Mon Ami!

Among the French, it is not South Kensington but Le Quartier de South Kensington. And for bonne raison: It is their neighborhood now. In this part of London it’s easier to sample tartes aux pommes than a pint of lager. (The Washington Post)


Travel is more than destinations and activities. It’s experiences, emotions and relationships. Hence and the column, RelationTrips, in The Washington Post and other newspapers. A sampling:

Passion Takes a Holiday (July 29 2001)

Honeymoonstruck (August 1, 2001)

Deadly Waters: Milwaukee One Year Later

For all the impact of a crisis, sometimes little changes. Fouled water in Milwaukee sickened thousands and drew huge media and political attention in 1993. Time passes, people forget. Yet people kept dying and the incident dimmed prospects for children like Becky Furmann – just when her life had taken a good turn. (The Plain Dealer)

The Family Fit

Baby boomers run into reality: Now with kids and harried, they face illness and a compromised quality of life. Yet some families find ways to stay fit together. (The Washington Post)

U.S. Medical Researchers Flout Rules Around World

In Zambia, Niger and other countries, experimenal risks hidden

On nearly every continent, the U.S. government and its clinical trials partners have hidden risks and undertaken medical experiments without legally required  agreements to avoid human rights abuses. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

In the Name of Healing

Unwitting test subjects in clinical trials often kept in the dark

OR2Doctors infused a solvent also used as a gasoline additive into Laura Michalski’s abdomen. Within hours, she died. Eight years later, her family learned it had been an experiment. Such unwitting test subjects abound: Most of the researchers involved in clinical trials fail to clearly disclose the experimental nature of their work.  Risks and alternatives are not always explained (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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