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WHO moves to track human tissue

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The Global Muckraker
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
July 20, 2012

The World Health Organization plans to create a coding system to track human tissue used in medical products, The Asahi Shimbun reports from Japan.

Officials plan to meet in France next month to discuss how to introduce the system across 193 countries.

The move would represent a significant improvement to safety, and follows an international reporting effort led by the ICIJ that revealed flaws in the way human tissue is obtained, tracked and used by doctors and dentists.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 July 2012 16:33 )
 

Analyzing the Data behind Skin and Bone

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The Global Muckraker
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
July 19, 2012

Our team investigating Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts looked at hundreds of companies related to the business of recycling dead humans. We read through thousands of court documents, regulatory reports, corporate records and internal company memos. (Read more about the specific datasets we queried in our methodology here).

We analyzed data on imports, inspections, adverse events, and accident reports filed with the Food and Drug Administration, the US agency that oversees the human tissue trade.  

It's impossible to identify the relationships between so many companies, individuals and events. I was sure we'd miss part of the story without being able to keep track somehow.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:43 )
 

Funeral Planning Class - Dallas TX - Fall 2012

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Richland College, Dallas TX: Oct 02 - Oct 09, 2012

Information you need!  This is a quick shopper’s training program for doing business with professional death-care services you may, or may not, choose to use.

Presenter: Jim Bates, Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance of North Texas

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The Seamy Side Of The Human Tissue Business : NPR

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NPR
July 19, 2012

Part 4 in a four-part series

The human tissue industry has created medical advances for millions of Americans. Tissue taken from cadavers is turned into medical products for the living. A tendon can be used to repair a torn ACL. Veins are used in heart bypass operations. Bone can be turned into plates and screws. They look like something you'd find in a hardware store, but these get used to mend a broken leg. It's a $1 billion-a-year industry that attracts the altruistic, but sometimes the greedy.

Read the full article and listen listen to audio (7:47) at NPR

 

Am I A Tissue Donor, Too? : NPR

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NPR
July 18, 2012

Part 3 in a four-part series

NPR's Joseph Shapiro knew he had signed up to be an organ donor, but he didn't realize the red heart on his driver's license signifies that he also agreed to donate his tendons, bones, veins and other tissue.

Read the full article and listen to audio (6:04) at NPR

 


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