24 Jan

Tuskegee University Bioethics Center

News

This is how toxic Flint’s water really is.

The city of Flint, Mich., is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making. The city opted out of Detroit’s water supply and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014, part of a cost-saving move. Eighteen months later, in the fall of 2015, researchers discovered that the proportion of children with above-average lead levels in their blood had doubled. The city reconnected to Detroit’s water system in October, but the damage was done. Water from the Flint River was found to be highly corrosive to the lead pipes still used in some parts of the city. Even though Flint River water no longer flows through the city’s pipes, it’s unclear how long those pipes will continue... Read more

22 Jan

Tuskegee University Bioethics Center

News

A small town with a big problem: Tuberculosis in Marion

West Central Alabama is dealing with an outbreak of Tuberculosis.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates went to the city of Marion to find out what officials are doing to contain the respiratory disease… The community of Marion is tucked in to Perry County. It might seem like a quaint town–very rural, not a lot of traffic lights and a small population.  Less than 36-hundred people live here, to be exact.  If anything happens in Marion, no matter how big or small, the folks hear about it. That includes Tuberculosis “In the state of Alabama the case rate is 2.8. It’s 253 here in the town of Marion.” That’s Pam Barrett.  She’s the... Read more