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Midmorning: IED protection and health news coverage

Posted at 7:02 AM on July 27, 2007 by Bill Wareham

A specialized vehicle saves lives against IEDs in Iraq, according to the troops who have used it. But only recently has the military decided to order enough to cover more Marines and Army personnel. At 9 a.m., Midmorning examines why it took so long says a lot about how the war in Iraq challenges the American military structure. Kerri Miller's guests are Peter Eisler, an investigative reporter at USA Today. He's one of the authors of a recent article documenting the Pentagon's resistance to purchasing anti-mine vehicles; and Nathan Hodge, a reporter who specializes in defense and national security affairs for Jane's Defence Weekly.

At 10 a.m., Midmorning asks, are you getting all the information you need from health news coverage? One analyst says media cutbacks and a lack of well-trained reporters are producing health stories that fail to cover the costs and the potential downsides to medical procedures and treatments. Kerri's guest is Gary Schwitzer, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the health journalism program at the University of Minnesota. He's also the publisher of Health News Review, a web site that rates media coverage of health stories.