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:
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 email@example.com) 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 "cadaver" ...
"Skin & Bone" documented how tissues taken from corpses in poor countries are used to make advanced medical and dental products for rich countries, fueling a Wall Street-bankrolled industry that has transformed what was once a non-profit system into a for-profit business. This story was not about well-regulated transplant organs but about tendons taken from corpses to repair injured knees, putty made of cadaver bone to restore teeth, skin from the dead used to replace breasts after cancer or to augment lips and penises through cosmetic surgery. The series exposed an ineffective regulatory system that does little to police the trafficking and processing of the material. The dead are, in effect, traded like pork bellies in a largely unregulated international market.
This story tells the exclusive inside story of an Indianapolis business man who purchased a funeral home in New York where funeral home workers are accused of raiding the cadavers entrusted to their care. It exposed delays by the King County Prosecutor's office in its investigation of the case. The federal government also failed. FDA records reveal years of violations cited against the tissue processor in this case, but the FDA leveled no clear sanctions until it finally launched the nation's largest human tissue recall.The oversight lapses allowed 1900 pieces of potentially unscreened tissue into hospital operating rooms across the country. The story uncovers the first Indiana patient to test postitive for a potentially life threatening disease after receiving an implant from the recalled batch.
A collection of statistics-based stories including: state and local coroners offices that disposed of unidentified cadavers without informing authorities, the early death of professional athletes due to dramatically increased weight, the natural disaster declarations by presidents seeking re-election, and the elimination of helmet-use among motorcyclists.
This investigation revealed that the King County medical examiner's office was selling the brains of deceased mentally ill people to private research labs. In some instances, next-of-kin were not notified of these organ donations. In others, consent forms were incomplete.
Human cadavers seem a thing of the past for students learning medicine. Newsweek talks about how the country's medschools use cutting edge technology to help quicken their students' learning. From robot patients to simulation techniques, the story also discusses whether such high-tech education helps students learn to handle emergencies any better.
The article attempts to assess the possiblity that convicted murdered, Hadden Clark, was a serial murderer whose victims had not all be found or identified. According to one cellmate, "[Clark's] just not the normal person you meet in prison who killed somebody... he should be locked up in a mental hospital for the ciminally insane." Clark also showed signs of having other personalities including two female ones, a mother and a daughter. The author presents evidence from interviews with Clark that he is responsible for at least two other unsolved murders.
An Orange County Register investigation of organ donations revealed that "American businesses make hundreds of millions of dollars selling products crafted from human bodies, even though it is illegal to profit from cadaver parts." The Register found that private businesses get around the law by establishing financial and other questionable links to nonprofit organ or tissue banks.