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October 21, 2005

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.

In Depth

Desert camo

Revisiting Old PTSD Claims

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans Resources

Mississippi River

New Orleans and the Delta

Katrina Coverage

Katrina and New Orleans Resources


FDA and Drug Approval Overview

Pharmaceutical Research Resources

How to Be Drug Smart


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Waiting Game (6:54)

Bitter Pill (6:32)

Delta Blues (8:50)

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Waiting Game
Producer: Dan Logan
Editor: David Kreger

Bitter Pill
Producer: Na Eng
Editor: Larry Goldfine

Delta Blues
Senior Correspondent: Maria Hinojosa
Producer: Karla Murthy
Editor: Kathi Black

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