April 29th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

Can dummies teach doctors better medicine?

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

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Our patient, an adult male, was in the throes of a severe asthma attack. Standing at his head, I gripped the laryngoscope in my left hand and paused. I had watched doctors deftly insert metal devices just like this one into patients' mouths many times before - they had made it look so easy. But now I was holding the instrument that resembled a socket wrench with a flat blade - and the patient was crashing.

"Doc, I don't feel so good." Just minutes earlier, those had been his first words as we surrounded his gurney. Pressing a stethoscope to his chest, I had listened to the unmistakable wheezing sounds of an asthma attack. The monitor nearby showed his heart was beating far too fast. Someone on the team administered oxygen, but within moments his condition went from bad to worse. His blood oxygen levels were plunging, his lips had turned blue.

That's when the attending handed me the laryngoscope, calmly explaining we needed to intubate our struggling patient. Translation: insert a flexible plastic tube into his trachea so we could breathe for him; the laryngoscope would help me see where to put the tube. In medical dramas like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, this is when they yell, "Bag him!"


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April 5th, 2010
08:35 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Deadly W.V. mine explosion; 21 missing

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

We’re following breaking news out of West Virginia, where an underground mine explosion has killed at least six miners and injured 21. Another 21 are missing. The blast happened around 4:30 p.m. EST at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County. At least 20 ambulances and three helicopters have been dispatched to the scene.

After the Sago mine disaster in West Virginia four years ago, Congress mandated new safety equipment–including high-tech communications and tracking gear–for underground mines nationwide. But according to the Charleston Gazette, just 34 of the 415 mines required to meet the new requirements have installed the equipment. That’s just over 8 percent.

It’s not clear yet if the Upper Big Branch mine had installed the new equipment – or even if such equipment will be a factor in this story. As we prepare for air, our reporters and producers are scrambling to nail down the facts of today’s accident. We’ll have the latest on the rescue efforts underway.

There’s also important news out of Haiti, where aid workers are racing to prevent another potential disaster. The rainy season is a grave threat to camps for homeless Haitians. A U.N. worker in Port-au Prince told the Washington Post, "The rainy season is a freight train headed right at us." Actor Sean Penn joins us tonight from Haiti, where his aid group is scrambling to help relocate homeless quake survivors ahead of the worst of the rains.

Tiger Woods today held his first news conference since reports of his infidelity surfaced. He talked to reporters for 35 minutes at the Augusta National Golf Club where he’s preparing for the Masters Tournament. But he didn’t answer all their questions. Woods told reporters that he’s emerged from rehab a better man. "I'm trying as hard as I possibly can each and every day to get my life better and better and stronger, and if I win championships along the way, so be it," Woods said. Asked what the rehab was for, he replied, "That's personal, thank you." He did say he’s continuing treatment, which is widely thought to be for sex addiction. Tonight you’ll hear from Tiger in his own words.

In raw politics, the Republican National Committee’s top aide is resigning. This as Michael Steele, the group’s chairman, is under increasing pressure to step down. Steele is accused of allowing excessive spending, including $2,000 in party funds to entertain young donors at a Hollywood bondage club. Now, he’s given his critics new ammunition by bringing race into the political equation. Tonight, what he said, how the White House responded and more.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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March 17th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Kucinich switches health care vote from No to Yes

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Democrats scrambling to pass health care reform need 216 votes and tonight they are one vote closer.

After intense lobbying by President Obama, Rep. Dennis Kucinich said today he will, in fact, support the health care bill coming up for a vote in the House. Until now, he had opposed reform without a robust public plan and possible state single-payer plans.

We’ll talk to the Ohio congressman tonight about his change of mind. Plus, a Keeping Them Honest report on what’s actually in the bill. President Obama said special favors would be stripped out. But were they? Ed Henry tells us what he found.

We also have a disturbing update on those 33 Haitian children taken by American missionary Laura Silsby. It turned out they aren’t orphans; they have families. Now they are being returned to their relatives. But for many of these children, it’s not the happy homecoming you might imagine. We’ll show you why tonight in our 360 Follow.

Have you heard about the French television documentary that’s causing such a stir? The filmmakers created a fake game show called “Game of Death” to see how far ordinary people would actually stray from their sense of right and wrong. Could you do what they did? Push a button to deliver a near lethal jolt of electricity into another person’s body?

You’ll be horrified to learn how many people ignored their moral compasses and blindly followed orders. We'll take you up close.

In Crime and Punishment tonight, there’s been an arrest in connection with the death of actor Corey Haim. It comes just days after authorities launched an investigation into a prescription drug ring linked to the former child star. Investigators say dozens of doctors gave Haim prescriptions for pills that could have harmed him. We’ll talk to senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky about the new development, including how big a problem these prescription drug rings have become.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern, and don’t forget to join the live chat during the program!

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March 16th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tiger Woods, the Masters, and sex addiction

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Did you hear that Tiger Woods is returning to golf next month? He’ll be back at the Masters, where he’ll try to snag the green jacket for a fifth time. Tonight, we’ll bring you up to speed on his comeback, his breakdown and his recovery. Is sex addiction a disease or an excuse? And is pro golf addicted to tiger woods? What do experts think? What do you think? Weigh in on our live blog during the program tonight.

Also tonight, the back story and the possible fallout from the latest hardball maneuver in the health care battle. Democrats are now considering using a legislative tactic called “deem and pass” to push health care reform through the House. Both parties have used the maneuver in the past. But is it also a way for Democrats to avoid accountability for their vote? Republicans are crying foul. Do they have a point? Are Democrats and President Obama breaking promises? We’ll let you be the judge. We're keeping them honest.

In Crime & Punishment, the deepening sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church continues to be met with silence from Pope Benedict XVI. New allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Germany are raising new questions about what the pontiff knew during his years as a bishop – and what he was doing back then to protect children. Vatican officials are defending the pope, but the pressure keeps building. We’ll hear from John Allen, CNN's Senior Vatican analyst and the Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.


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March 15th, 2010
07:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Rielle Hunter speaks out about John Edwards and her baby

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/15/art.hunter.cnn.jpg]Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

President Obama was in Ohio today, trying to build last-minute support for the issue he’s staked so much on: health care reform. Democratic leaders and the White House are pushing toward a final vote this week. They need 216 votes to pass the bill and they’re still scrambling to nail them down. The full-court press is aimed at 37 House democrats who are still on the fence. Tonight we’ll have the latest on the day’s developments, plus a Keeping Them Honest report from Dana Bash. It’s about exotic – and wildly expensive – new drugs for people with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and the big giveaway discovered in the health care reform for the companies that make them.

Also in the mix tonight: candid talk from John Edwards’ former mistress and mother of his 2-year-old daughter. Rielle Hunter has kept her silence for years but is now speaking out. All the details tonight about what she told GQ magazine about the man she calls Johnny–plus the steamy photo shoot that now has her crying foul, and, oh yes, that sordid sex tape that has surfaced. Along with Hunter’s side of the story, we’ll hear from Andrew Young, Edwards’ former campaign aide, who initially took the fall for his boss by claiming to be the father of Hunter’s baby.

Plus, a Roman Catholic priest who still celebrates mass, even after his former archdiocese kicked him out of his former church and paid more than $1.3 million to settle a molestation lawsuit. A state agency cleared the priest of the charges decades ago. So why did the church settle the case anyway? Gary Tuchman reports on the secret documents the church kept to itself for decades. Tonight you’ll see them for the first time on national television.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern!

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February 26th, 2010
07:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Did killer whale trainer make deadly error?

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight, new details on the killer whale attack at Sea World. We’ll tell you what happened inside the tank as a massive whale named Tilikum held his victim in his jaws, underwater, for nearly 40 minutes. Did the 40-year-old trainer make a fatal mistake in the moments before the whale grabbed her?

Also tonight: broken government, family doctors and your health. We’ll be digging deeper on one piece of the heath care reform puzzle—a trend that could leave you in the lurch when you need to see a doctor.

Over the next decade, the American Academy of Family Physicians predicts a shortage of as many as 40,000 to 50,000 primary care doctors. Fewer medical school students are choosing to go into this line of medicine. We’ll look at the reasons why and what health care reform promises to do about it. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta heads up our coverage.


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February 25th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Dr. Sanjay Gupta dissects the health care summit

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

While many of you were at work or in school today, Democrats and Republicans were duking it out again over health care—this time at President Obama’s health care reform summit.

It lasted for a good part for the day, and there was plenty of drama and sparks. But did the summit actually push Congress any closer to passing a bill?

If you missed some or all of the debate, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta will be anchoring a special hour tonight, focusing on what some say is a make-or-break moment in the battle. We’ll give you all the highlights and key moments of today’s summit and tell you what it all means going forward—for your health, your wallet and your peace of mind.


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February 16th, 2010
07:38 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Is Congress Broken?

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight we’re putting what some are calling the Broken Congress under the microscope. New CNN polling shows just one-third of people surveyed say most members of Congress deserve another term. Translation: Americans want some heads to roll on Capitol Hill. On the other hand, 51 percent of those surveyed also think their own lawmakers should be re-elected. However contradictory those responses may be, one thing is certain: A lot of people are fed up with lawmakers in Washington and the gridlock that seems to have paralyzed progress. Is the level of anger we’re seeing unprecedented? What specifically is fueling it? And what does it mean for the midterm elections? We’re digging deeper.

We’re also continuing our look at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans–for not being Republican enough. The tea partiers are a driving force behind this backlash. Tonight we’ll hear from Texas Representative Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul. Rand is running for the Republican nomination to replace the retiring Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. But he’s also running against the GOP establishment, as a conservative and a tea party activist. Anderson interviews the father-son duo for their take on where Congress is headed and where the tea partiers fit in.


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February 15th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Professor murder suspect killed her brother decades ago

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AC360° Writer

Tonight we have new revelations to report about the University of Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues during a faculty meeting. It turns out she shot and killed her brother decades ago. The incident was ruled an accident. She was also questioned about a pipe-bombing attempt targeting a former colleague at Harvard. This information is causing some to wonder, were warning signs missed? It’s our Keeping Them Honest report.

We also begin a week-long look at Republicans under fire from within their own party–for not being Republican enough. Conservative activists and tea-partiers are going after some big-name GOP politicians, including Senator John McCain. He’s facing a potentially tough primary challenge from former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth. We’ll take a closer look tonight at what McCain is up against and what’s driving the backlash.

Today brought another unexpected and bizarre turn for the 10 American missionaries being held in a Haiti prison. A judge couldn’t rule on their bail today because of quake-related power problems. Meantime, the spotlight remains on the man who acted as a legal adviser – and his alleged ties to international sex trafficking. An international arrest warrant has his name on it. That warrant includes crimes against children. The adviser denies the charges. Tonight we’ll focus on how all of this might affect the jailed Americans.

We’ll also have the latest on the major NATO operation underway in southern Afghanistan. Military officials say it’s the biggest offensive since the war began in 2001. NATO forces, including thousands of U.S. Marines, are targeting the Taliban in the city of Marjah. Over the last three days there have been civilian casualties, despite efforts to warn residents in the region in advance of the mission. We’ll look at what’s at stake for U.S. troops and President Obama.

Also in the mix tonight: a debate over weight. Should airlines be allowed to have size restrictions for passengers? Director Kevin Smith was bounced off a Southwest flight over the weekend for being too fat. He’s tweeting about it and his tweets have the whole country talking. Are obese travelers being treated unfairly? Or are they asking for special treatment? Tell us what you think.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern as always!

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January 8th, 2010
08:10 PM ET

Evening Buzz: What full body scanners really show

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360, we’ll show you exactly what TSA officials are looking for – and what they actually see – when they use full body scanners to screen airline passengers. The TSA is planning to install hundreds more of the devices in airports. In theory, the machines would have been able to detect the explosives the alleged Christmas Day bomber hid in his underwear. But some people are arguing the images the scanners produce are too invasive, even indecent, and an invasion of privacy. We’re arranged for a demonstration. Anderson is going to see for himself just how much detail the screeners capture. Will he be able to detect a weapon when it shows up on the screen?

Fallout from the failed Christmas Day attack continues. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines jet over Detroit was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to all six charges. There are also new developments in the investigation. We’ll get you caught up on the latest.

In politics, Sarah Palin is making news again with a new power play. She spurned an invitation to speak at next month’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, considered a must-attend event for the conservative establishment. Instead, she’ll be speaking at the first-ever National Tea Party Convention, where she’ll reportedly collect a big speaking fee. But the convention’s pricey registration fee is raising questions about whether the Tea Party movement is in danger of losing its grass-roots identity. What’s driving Palin’s decision? The raw politics tonight.

In our “What’s Next” series, Suze Orman tells us what she sees coming down the pike in personal finance. Will 2010 be kinder to Americans’ financial security?

See you at 10 p.m. eastern!

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