Pipe repair hazards, The ins and outs of clinical health trials

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Workers repairing sewage pipes from above ground
Sewage pipes being repaired by a cured-in-place-pipe method in Buena Vista, Michigan, in 2011. The method has becoming increasingly popular because it is much cheaper than digging up pipes. But new research reveals public health concerns. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture

We learn how a novel way of repairing sewage pipes could be impacting public health. Then, we explore what’s involved in clinical health trials, why they’re important and what people should keep in mind before signing up.

Featured in this Show

  • Cheap sewer repairs can push toxic fumes into schools, homes

    A recent USA Today investigation has found that a cheap method of pipe repair is making people sick. We speak with a researcher studying this pipe repair technique to learn why it’s dangerous and what can be done to make the method safer.

  • Participating in clinical trials

    Thousands of clinical trials underway in Wisconsin require thousands of volunteers – people whose ailments, desire for compensation or altruism motivate them to take part in medical research. We talk with the director of clinical research for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Andrew Whelton Guest
  • Betsy Nugent Guest

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