Skip to main content.

Chinese Drywall, American Health Problems

Chinese Drywall, American Health Problems

Picture of Barbara Feder Ostrov

Here's what we're checking out today:

Environmental Health: If you haven't read it yet, check out the ProPublica/Sarasota Herald Tribune investigation into the health problems associated with American-made drywall used in homes. Are they related to the Chinese drywall scandal?

Breast Cancer: The FDA is revoking its approval for Avastin as a breast cancer treatment. Mary Forgione explains why in the Los Angeles Times' Booster Shots blog.

No Fear: A brain-damaged woman experiences no fear, and researchers say it's a wonder she's still alive. Could an action movie be far behind?

Probiotic Claims: Overstating the healthfulness of probiotic yogurt has cost the maker of Dannon yogurt $21 million in a legal settlement, reports the Wall St. Journal's Amy Schatz and Ilan Brat.

Flying Cardiologist: Antidote blogger William Heisel takes aim at 13 organizations (including the media) that should have checked the credentials of real pilot and fake doctor William Hamman.

Leave A Comment


The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!


Follow Us



CHJ Icon