This week on NOW:
Louisiana lawmakers want $250 billion to rebuild after the devastating
storms, but is it too late to save the disappearing wetlands? In the
aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, restoring the coastal marshes
that absorb some of the power of incoming storms is seen by many as a
top priority. With Wilma churning dangerously in the Atlantic basin,
NOW takes a look at the new urgency to rebuild the coastal wetlands.
Vioxx was once one of the most widely used prescription drugs in the
world and, for many, it may have been a killer. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) is supposed to guarantee the safety of the
medicines we take, so how could it have ignored warnings from its own
scientists about this looming public health disaster? NOW provides a
rare glimpse inside the FDA, scrutinizing how it operates and revealing
how close relationships with drug makers may be putting lives at risk.
With hundreds of thousands of soldiers having served in Iraq,
conservative estimates indicate that 1 in 6 suffer from major
depression, generalized anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), which can be as crippling as any physical wound. NOW examines
how a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs left some
veterans waiting for healthcare, and now some facilities are cutting
back on mental healthcare to meet lean budgets.