Health

 
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  Subject to approval: An investigation into clinical drug trials abroad

This week on Need to Know, we feature an investigation into the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry. Has insufficient oversight of foreign clinical trials led to dangerous drugs becoming available or staying on the U.S. market?

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30th anniversary of AIDS marks progress and increased awareness

Fewer new cases, advanced therapies and better transparency mark progress in the war against AIDS, but the disease affects an increasing range of Americans.

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  Drugs in the system: Foster children and antipsychotic medication

Foster children are some of the most medicated children in the nation. Need to Know provides an update to our investigation into the use of powerful antipsychotics in our foster care systems.

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The chronic fatigue syndrome Rubik’s Cube

After a 2009 study linked chronic fatigue syndrome to a virus called XMRV, some sufferers hoped the link would lead to a cure. But two studies published this week refute claim the link was the result of laboratory mistakes.

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Common double-duty heart disease treatment falls short in trial

Last week, the National Institutes of Health called an abrupt end to a medical trial expected to confirm a method doctors have already been using to combat heart disease: combining drugs to raise good cholesterol with those that lower bad cholesterol.

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  From allergies to deadly disease, feeling the effects of climate change

A rare but deadly fungal disease once known only in tropical climates is infecting people in the Pacific Northwest — and researchers say climate change may be why.

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Stuttering: It lurks in DNA

Recent research showing that stuttering is genetic has given millions of Americans hope that they can do more than merely manage the disorder.

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  ‘Limited options’ for homes with toxic drywall, says ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien

ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien discusses the federal government’s role in investigating Chinese drywall and the limited options homeowners have.

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  Home sick: Alleged ill effects from Chinese drywall

Need to Know examines the harmful effects of allegedly tainted drywall manufactured in China and the legal frustrations consumers encounter when trying to sue foreign manufacturers for damages.