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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "breast feeding" ...
A new federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says nearly 80 percent of U.S. hospitals give newborns formula when not medically necessary. The investigation compares how Chicago-area hospitals approach breast feeding and finds that some hospitals are not strongly encouraging it.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the spread of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa through breastfeeding, resulting in the debate over whether infant formula should be made available to poor African mothers. While major formula makers say they will donate tons of free formula to HIV infected women, "Unicef (an United Nations agency) refuses to green light the gifts, because it doesn't want to endorse an industry it has long accused of abusive practices in the developing world." The rivalry started in the1970s when formula makers gave free samples to attract women in maternity wards. But when the free samples stopped, the woman's own breast milk usually was dried up. The result left "few who could afford to purchase any formula, or they diluted it to make it last longer, sometimes starving their babies in the process." "Unicef continues to lead the crusade for breast-feeding in the developing world . . but the agency is 'supportive' of formula as an option for HIV-infected mothers. However, they say they are worried about how "the despretly poor, HIV-infected women who do choose formula are supposed to get it." In addition, Unicef says "it has ample evidence of wrongful industry marketing efforts in developing world countries . . . and fear the industry will try to exploit the AIDS crisis as a way to build its African market. The Wall Street Journal looks at this debate and raises questions on the efforts to fight this worldwide disease.
A compilation of 17 stories, including: 1.) "Deadly Detectors" WFXT, Boston, tested smoke detectors against the clock. 2.) "Burning Secret" WSMV, Nashville, State troopers were temporarily blinded and burned with pepper spray to feel it's effects, but without knowing the deadly and unhealthy hazards of the spray. 3.) "Take the Money and Run" News 12 Long Island, Election candidates betting campaign money. 4.) "Steroids For Sale" KPRC, Houston, Steroids illegally prescribed and Houston Police as customers. 5.) "Behind the Badge" WTHR, Indianapolis, Convicted criminal Police Officers. 6.) "Daycare Criminal Checks" KTVK, Dallas 7.) "Candy man" KOMO, Seattle, Teacher uses minors for door-to-door candy sales, usually in violation of child labor laws. 8.) "Illegal School Vans" WEWS, Cleveland, Schools transporting children in unsafe and illegal vans instead of buses. 9.) "High Crimes, High School" WITI, Milwaukee 10.) "Life After Death Row" WRAL, Raleigh 11.) "Foul Air" WWOR, New York, Carbon monoxide poisoning in indoor ice rinks. 12.) "Hard Bounces" KTVK, Dallas, "Banks that practice check ordering, or cashing larger checks first, equaling more profits for banks and more fines for customers. 13.) "Investigating the IRS" KTVK, Dallas 14.) "Fake Degrees" WFXT, Boston, Fake universities giving fake degrees. 15.) "Who is Mr. Wright?" KOMO, Seattle, An illegit doctor with fake credentials. 16.) "Medical Secrets" News 12 Long Island, A woman with terminal breast cancer, a doctor who failed to diagnose it, and a hospital that protected the doctors and punished the whistle blowers 17.) "Military Secrets" WRAL, Raleigh, Military doctors without medical licenses.
The New York Times Magazine reports that "the controversy and confusion (about infant formula) .... reached the scale of global conflict earlier this year when the World Health Organization voted 118 to 1 to adopt a nonbinding code restricting the promotion of infant-formula products.... At the center of the increasingly bitter conflict are babies, millions of babies with the shriveled limbs and the distended bellies that signal shiorkor, the Ghanian term for malnutrition that has become part of the medical literature.... (Critics ) charge that aggressive marketing of formula has contributed to a vast shift away from breast milk, the safest and most nutritious food for infants...."
The Chicago Reporter looks at how the children of many poor and minority women get their first meal from a bottle, despite studies showing that breast feeding reduces infant mortality rates and childhood medical costs. The Reporter found that much of this is due to how infant formula companies push their products in maternity wards and nutrition centers.