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Picks of the Week: Allergies, Transplants and Deadly Infections

POSTED: 07:24 PM ET, 11/21/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Each week, the editors at The Post's Investigations blog comb through in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the country and select notable projects of the week.

This week's top picks:

Mislabeled Products Endangering Children with Food Allergies

American children with food allergies are suffering life-threatening -- and completely avoidable -- reactions because manufacturers mislabel their products and regulators fail to police store shelves, a Chicago Tribune investigation found.

WSJ: Public Hospital Acting Like For-Profit Company

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center once dominated the lucrative business of liver transplants and, in an aggressive bid to reclaim its leadership, the hospital hired an innovative surgeon who promised to double the number of transplants at the hospital. In doing so, however, the doctor resorted to practices that some colleagues found questionable, The Wall Street Journal found.

MRSA Infections Caused 672 Undisclosed Deaths in Washington

Millions of computerized hospital records, death certificates and other documents found evidence of one of the nation's most widespread, and preventable, epidemics, The Seattle Times found.

In its investigation -- the first comprehensive accounting of MRSA cases in Washington hospitals -- the newspaper gained access to state files that revealed 672 previously undisclosed deaths attributable to the infection.

By Derek Kravitz |  November 21, 2008; 7:24 PM ET Top Picks
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