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May 20, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Camp Lejeune Finally Cleaning Up Its Act



Camp Lejeune Post Office Nearly 30 years after the end of what is likely the worst water contamination in U.S. history, the cleanup of the site of the contamination is finally nearing an end, according to an article from the Associated Press.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

April 23, 2013

By Andre Francisco

How the VA Got This Bad



Disabled Veterans The spotlight of public scrutiny has turned to the staggering backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but how did the backlog get this big?

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 22, 2013

By Andre Francisco

FDA to Tighten Regulations on Defibrillators



Automated External Defibrillator After 45,000 malfunctions and 88 recalls since 2005, the Food and Drug Administration is seeking tougher regulations on the heart defibrillator industry, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 21, 2013

By Andre Francisco

VA Backlog is Huge and Records Are Unreliable



Drug and FDA Issues As many as hundreds of thousands of veterans could be in the Department of Veteran Affairs backlog waiting for medical appointments, David Hilzenrath, the Project On Government Oversight’s editor-in-chief, said on Public News Service today.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 13, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

VA Suppressed Data on Gulf War Vets' Health Problems, Former Official Says



Stethescope The Department of Veterans Affairs has suppressed evidence that Gulf War veterans’ health problems could be linked to their exposure to toxic substances during the 1991 war, a former VA epidemiologist alleges.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

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