Probe Newsletter Archive Index to Volume VII (10/98 – 11/99)


January 6, 2020

Probe—David Zimmerman’s newsletter on science, media, policy and health—was published monthly from October 1991 through April 2001. An award-winning writer, he wrote the “Your Family Health” column in the Ladies Home Journal for 12 years as well as many articles for Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and other popular magazines. His Zimmerman’s Complete Guidebook to Nonprescription Drugs (1983, 1993) was a masterpiece.

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Issue #07-01, October 1, 1998

  • U.S. used nerve gas, Vietnam vets assert
  • Pentagon flatly denies charges
  • Restoring the record: How & why p. 1 story was written
  • Tailwind story raises key questions
  • Hypothetical? Or credible? You decide!
  • Brill’s Tailwind piece ignores its content
  • What gas was it?
  • PROBE’s findings on tailwind story
Issue #07-02, December 1, 1998
  • No herb product beats Rx drugs, top herbal scientist concedes
  • Follow-up: Tailwind producer says ‘Thank you!’ to PROBE
  • Feds nix 20-cent nuke safeguard
  • Reopening the Dole/abortion story – for cause
  • Civil suit tests Dole’s candor
  • Bob Dole denies helping woman get an abortion
  • PROBE to Post: Please print story
  • A second source confirmed ob-gyn’s abortion account

Issue #07-03, January 1, 1999

  • Gleeful curator is building a museum of greed and folly
  • Wet dreams are spiked
  • Follow-up: NEJM is too late in dissing alt. health
  • An Animal Rights hero’s fame was built on his lies
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity suffering is real, diagnosis isn’t – quackbusters
  • Salt constroversy illuminates science’s ethical dilemmas
  • Book review: ‘Baltimore Case’ dramatically described in a science historian’s astute account
  • ‘Sybil’ identified
Issue #07-04, February 1, 1999
  • Placebo-controlled AIDS studies are ethical, researchers insist
  • Follow-up: Baltimore’s pursuers won’t let go
  • Reporters missed clues
  • Despite new data, skin docs still shill schering sunscreens
  • Samaritan faces jail, addicts face death; N.J. gov. stands pat
  • Hype hurts a useful class of products
  • Activist presses onward
  • A cancer patient’s death is touchstone to weight standard vs. alternative care

Issue #07-05, April 1, 1999

  • Expose: ‘Journalist’ conned colleagues for 35 years as spy for tobacco
  • NEJM editor’s job is in peril
  • Letters: Pat McGrady replies
  • Tobacco industry: What did it know? When?
  • What did Leonard Zahn do all day?
  • Heart association was penetrated
  • PROBE’s view: Individual’s responsibility is key issue
  • Science writers grant parity to PR people
  • Why tobacco story is still important
Issue #07-06, May 1, 1999
  • Transplant organizers fiddle…: Simple plan to boost organ supply sits on shelf while patients perish
  • Follow-up: Cigarette papers raise new issues
  • Science shorted, funder concealed in CR‘s scarer on tainted fruit
  • ‘Preferred status’ is locked in limbo
  • PROBE upgrades AIDS vaccine coverage
  • Bacteria may be just the ticket to carry AIDS vaccine into cells
  • Vaccine R&D needs more muscle

Issue #07-07, June 1, 1999

  • Alt/med trumps science
  • Follow-up: How Chinese harvest transplant organs
  • AIDS vaccine report: Process still tops progress as research army assembles
  • Liddy Dole is running pro-life
  • Intrepid radio reporter wins George Polk award
  • Media’s ill-repute reflects disdain for facts, fairness
  • TV mutates Littleton news into pageantry
  • Nursing through pierced nipples
  • Time for an amnesty for druggies
Issue #07-08, July 1, 1999
  • AGs’ harsh findings on ads rile drug firms and charities
  • Follow-up: Same old Gina?; fakey book is out in paper
  • Cells’ binding site DNA boost humoral and cellular immunity
  • AIDSVAX info is available
  • Quackbusting lives!
  • Rosemary Jacobs fights fights disfiguring silver toxins
  • Barrie Cassileth will hold alt/med up to the light of scientific study
  • Alt/med guide shows Cassileth’s method
  • Reform proposals spark conflict
  • Schering gets skin doctors’ quid pro quo
  • ‘Doctors, please start your engines!’

Issue #07-09, August 1, 1999

  • PROBE investigation: Did Animal Rights hero Spira betray Animal Rights movement?
  • Letters: Alt/med war goes on; Zahn is defended
  • Green Berets’ commander was a key Tailwind source
  • FDA chills sunscreens SPF claims
  • ‘Regulatory science’ is described
  • Friends back Henry’s Spira’s ethics, deny he betrayed Animal Rights
  • Spira travelled a radical road to Animal Rights
  • How Henry may have become ill
Issue #07-10, September 1, 1999
  • Breakthrough neonatal AIDS study puts the lie to anti-research rant
  • Companies woo workers’ loyalty – but is this pride a two-edged sword?
  • A black scholar tries to assess black churches’ failure in AIDS
  • Fired reporter confirms red’s role in starting crack cocaine epidemic
  • Flynt’s expose of GOP brass is fun reading
  • Quackbuster hits media ‘health’ schlock
  • PR man nails politicized hate
  • Soviet decrypts shed new light on atom spying

Issue #07-11, October 1, 1999

  • Federal judge rules: Eli Lilly lied to doctors
  • Follow-up: Letters reveal Animal Rightser Spira’s evasions
  • Overseas AIDS studies’ ethical validity is contested in bitter NEJM debate
  • Brill’s content on Consumer Reports: Caveat emptor!
  • Social equity sought in scientific studies
  • Endocrine theory is full of holes
  • DDT info is lacking
  • PROBE counter-probe: Colleague challenges our precepts
Issue #07-12, November 1, 1999
  • Exclusive: CDC fires top gun injury researcher; studies lag. GOP politics are blamed
  • Follow-up: Marcia Angell takes helm at the NEJM
  • Hypocrisy issue raised
  • Smithsonian Institution caves in to angry Animal Rights activists
  • Scientist leads art museum’s defense
  • What CDC is doing now
  • Bush called artful dodger
  • Aggregate data is urgently sought
  • Preliminary gun findings revealed
  • PROBE opinion: Why guns matter
  • Anthropologist: The right-wingers are wed to guns
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