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welcome to al jazeera. here are tonight's top stories. a possible breakthrough for ice and iran. the iranian president says the two countries should manage their defenses. both leaders were in new york to attend a meeting of the u.n. general assembly. a resolution on chemical weapons could be on the tables early as thursday. president a bam ma said it is important for the security council to act on the u.s. russian agreement, to eliminate syria's chemical weapons.
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this time they will be gathering samples. last week they confirmed that saran gas has been used killing more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of children. a texas senator is vowing to speak out against obama-care until he is no longer able to stand. urging his colleagues to vote down a measure that would prevent a government shut down, but would also end federal funding for the affordable care act. mischaracterize tonight is up next, for the latest news, go to on merck tonight, a meeting that was just too complicated to happen. but is there a way forward in the relationship between tehran and washington? >> society is based upon
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democracy and openness, and the dignity of the individual will be more stable, more prosperous, and more peatful. >> also tonight, a small new mexico community, and its noxious neighbor. and protect their health. >> we are here first. my grandfather was here first. i can't move. let them move. >> and prescription for trouble. medical misdiagnosis more common that you may think, and sometimes more dangerous. >> this was a gigantic hospital that was supposed to be expert in its field, and nobody could recognize that a patient was dying.
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good etching and thank you for being with us. maybe it wasn't meant to be. nonetheless, the whisper possibilities of some kind of talk between the new president of iran and his american counter part, perhaps a meeting by chance, maybe a casual or not so casual hand shake, an event similar and symbiotic that just might have inaugurate add new relationship between two very strained parties an vent that could have ended 30 years of silence, between the leaders of washington and tehran, but it didn't happen. this hour we want to begin by looking into what did and did not happen, and what it suggests about the future. we begin at the world body with united nations correspondence, james bay, james. >> well, here at the united nations today, there was no hand shake,
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there was no meeting, but there was a fair bit of optimism, a fair bit of goodwill, as they spoke to world leaders. president obama spoke about his vision for the middle east, when he talked about iran, he said it was one of those central problems that if it could be solved would change america's relationship with the middle east. in the near term, america's diplomatic efforts will focus on two issues. iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the arab israeli conflict. while these issues are not the cause of all the regions problems, they have been a major source of instability for far too long, the resolving them can help serve as a foundation for a broader peace. >> the united states and iran have been isolated
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from one another since the islamic revolution of 1979. this mistrust has deep roots. iranians have long complained of a history of u.s. interference in their affairs. and of america's role in overthrowing on iranian government during the cold war. on the other hand, americans see an iranian government that has declared the united states an enemy, or directly, through proxy taken hostages killed u.s. troops and threatens our ally israel with destruction. i don't believe this difficult history can be overcome overnight. the suspensions run too deep. but i do believe if we can resolve the issue of the nuclear problem, that can serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship.
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one based on mutual interests, and mutual respect. >> he directly picks up some of obama's points he said he wanted to make it clear to the entire world, iran's nuclear policy. >> i declare here, openly and that notwithstanding the positions of others, this has been and will all be the objective of the slammic republic of iran, nuclear weapon with and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in iran's security and defense doctrine. and contradict hour fundamental religious and ethical convictions. with the political will of the leadership in the quite, and hoping that they will refrain from following the short sited
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interests of warmongering pressure groups we can arrive at a frame work to manage our differences. to this end, equal footing, mutual respect, and the recognized principles of international law should govern the interactions. >> it is worth pointing out, it wasn't all consolelatory talk, he brought up some familiar themes. the u.s.' involvement in the middle east turks use of drones, and israeli treatment of palestinians. though on this occasion, unlike previous years u.s. diplomats didn't walk out, they stayed in their seats. for now, i think they are going to stay on the diplomatic track. >> two james point about
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that long and difficult relationship between washington and tehran, we want now to turn to professor juan cole who joins us this evening. professor, when we with talk about this, and you are such a contributor in understanding the history of this fractures relationship, when we talk about hand shakes or whether people did or didn't meet in hallways, was there actually looking at today's events any break through of any kind? iran has been prickly about its enrichment program. it doesn't show full track spainsy to them. and iran is more or less promising now more transparency, and that would be the key to any successful resolution. >> and something like secretary kerry is going
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do meet with his counter part, thats a pretty high level meeting. it may not be easily understood, but that is pretty high level, and a bit of a change. >> yeah, it is the highest level meeting between an iranian and american official since 1979, and the foreign minister mo hamed -- has said that he is willing to move on some of the issues of concerns about iran's stock pile of ukrainian and about inspections. >> let's talk about the role, as you are fully aware, he has some history in nuclear negotiations as well. can he get this sort of honeymoon period? does he have power to change things in and what could he offer that would be important for the u.s.? what could lead the way there? >> well, he is operating
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under certain constraints. i think he want as deal. i this the the economy is suffering very badly. but he can't go too far in certain directions. or he will be slapped down by the supreme leader. >> but he does have a relationship with him. >> yes. he has been close to him. and that's in his favor. he gets points for that. so he is in a much better position than his pressed sore who was just a civilian. but still, the two men don't seem to entirely free on policy and so that's one of his tests is to get the supreme leader on his side. can you offer something that the west will appreciate for example
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offering wider inspection, or the ending of medical grade development or nuclear material? >> could he do that? >> that is right. well, the enringment program is a civilian program, but the west fears it may be dual use. if it agrees to get rid of its stock pile, if it allows more thorough inspections for instance, it could share the specifications for its centro footages. there are many things it could do to show good faith. >> so here on our program, we have talked about human rights questions in iran, and the possibility that a couple of americans could
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be given some opportunity for release by iran. could that be a peace offering too? >> well, i think the domestic pressures to open up -- he has just released dozens of political prisoners including a canadian iranian. and so yes, i think the u.s. will certainly press him on this. it has been waything to arrest them or false preens tenses. and i think that practice can be ended if he wants to negotiate seriously. >> all right, thank you very much. from the university of michigan with us tonight. and another another challenging environment, we look again tonight to kenya. after four days of violence in a upscale
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shopping mall, kenya's president says the security forces have ashamed and defeated the gunman, who took over and seized hostages there. the terror group claimed it was responsible for the siege which began on saturday, when at least ten gunman stormed into the mall. they went from store to shore shooting people, the red cross reports at least 62 people died almost, 200 were injured. investigators are now trying to piece together the movements of the attackers as well as their nationallalties. we will look further into the rise of al sha babb and what it may mean for the united states. from the new america foundation, he is a retired army officer, so you have a lot of incite into this, i want to talk about the relationship between al sha babb and
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al quaida. now, al sha babb has been around a long time. began as an militia, they moved as a youth movement, but it's an uneducated kind of rebel militia. thing they have been pushed out of that. in 2012 they declared a subsidiary of al quaida. think of al quaida core, becoming a minority shareholder of al sha babb. they released publicly that both leaders had done this.
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and in return, they can become their action arm. >> so in this particular case, you think that al quaida has a real role in what happened at the shopping mall? >> we don't know what happened but certainly it likes likely that al quaida provided the planners, provided maybe some logistics, perhaps helped them get the passports gave them some of the sophisticated tools they may have needed. >> and so, the thing -- the take away for americans to understand, saw that there is a close relationship that might reach into the united states? >> there's a close and formal relationship between al quaida and al-shabaab, and they have reached into the exile communities. the somalia communities, mostly in minnesota, and oregon in the united states. >> so we have seen this in this show. we have reported on some of the contact contacts wih
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somalia communities there. the other indication to watch for is a signal for anyone in the world. it is harder and harder for them to strike in the united states. if you leave, and go to the developing world, if you are spending time in africa in, the middle east, you are you now a target for al quaida. >> in soft target areas? >> thank you very much. the new america foundation. >> stimahead here, a new mexico battling a toxic neighbor. >> my wife and i sleep here, here is where it comes from. you can actually -- you can feel the air coming in, right? sometimes it comes in with chemical smell.
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meet the bucket brigade, working to expose a silent and invisible threat. faultlines investigates the epidemic of overcrowding in women's prisons. >> the system is setup to do exactly what it's doing - to break people and to keep them broken.
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it is not ask uncommon idea that the scoreky wheel gets the greece. when it comes to environmental issues that sense of abandonment can be more magnified that doesn't mean the communities are ready to give up. tonight we look to the little community of new mexico. america tonight sends casey coffman to meet them. >> meet the bucket brigade. larry is an elementary schoolteacher. bob is a retired plumber. and her father, is a community organizer. and the groups leader.
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i can smell it, and we are capturing it. what does it mean? i don't know yet. >> they are using a bucket to collect air samples outside this chemical warehouse. >> you want to see it? >> bob has lived next to the warehouse for years but still can't get used to it. >> we sleep here, and here is where it comes from. you and actually -- you can feel the air coming in. sometimes it comes in with with that chemical smell. they think it is bad for their health. >> if i haven't eaten a good breakfast, i get dizzy. if you lived here, what would you do? i was here first, my grandfather was here first. i can't move, let them move. >> they have long suspected that the air they breathe here is toxic. >> it sets fertilizers
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and ore products to the farming industry. their warehouse warehousese located in the middle of this working class town of less than 2,000 people, most of whom are hispanic american. >> i think companies like this are dinosaurs. we are outgrown this space, we are next to homes, a school, we should keep about going to industrial parks. where there aren't people. >> under the former state government, the helena chemical company was required to have an an air quality permit. arturo says at least somebody was watching, then everything changed. after the election of republican governor the state's environment department found the emissions from the chemical company were too low to require a permit. al jazeera sought clarification number of times from a number of officials. none of them responded. >> the chemical company
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helena company gave over $25,000 to the administration -- susanne martinez's administration. and i believe that's who bout them the right to no longer need an air quality permit. >> shortly after election, a list of donors on her website. there's helena giving $10,000. and company manager is list there had as giving $15,000. this video shows where those donations went. the inaugural ball of the governor, that's her. dancing to an american classic, blue eyes crying in the rain. helena wasn't the only company to support the event. >> new mexico is open for business. we are going to impose
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only common sense regulations and get rid of those that strangle small businesses. >> mes qatariss think without oversight, lit be difficult to know what they are storing and in what quantities. >> we talked to two company managers and they had no comment. right now, when you walk up so the site, they just asked us to leave. >> the bucket brigade next stop is another neighbor's front yard, the goal is to collect as many samples as possible, from different parts of town. >> what they have been telling us we are all way too emotional, when we talk, and the things we say. but we with can never back it up quantitatively. so the narrative is good, but we need the data, the numbers, the stuff that makes these politicians pay attention. and that comes without the emotion, that just tells us the facts. >> those facts are sealed in the bag, and each
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statute is nailed to west coast labs for scientific examination. arturo learned about the importance of proof the hard way. >> they sued me, and on top of that, they sued my wife. >> arturo has once used images of industrial accidents and infant birth defects in a power point presentation. the photos were unrelated to the company and it sues for defamation. charges against his wife were dropped but a jury under to arturo guilty. >> felt like i was maked to the world and being raped by this company. those guys were able to scare me, my family, and my family -- outside family, my neighbors and the community, into no longer speaking. >> al jazeera requested interviews with other mesquite families the local nurse and the school principal. all of them refused. >> oh, they sat there and
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made me out to be a defamer. made me out to be a liar, made me out to be a -- an activists. arturo is an activist, and he lives four houses down from the storage. his grandfather built this house long before the company came to town, and tonight his wife bam is making enchiladas. >> it is his favorite, that's what it is. he can eat them for kinner tonight, breakfast tomorrow, and then dinner tomorrow. the struggles started shortly after their son was born. that was nine years ago. >> he was home for about two weeks and we were in bed one nile, and he just was getting really hot, and kept coughing and coughing, and he was concern he couldn't catch his breath. so we rushed him to the hospital, and sure enough he was like in a respiratory distress. and they said that he was going to have asthma.
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well, nobody in our family has asthma so he has been on steroids since that poor kid is two weeks. then we started talking to families and noticing that a lot of families had nebulizers at home. we had little kids with, rahs on their faces from playing outside, it was just time for somebody to stand up and say what is going on. and they didn't like it. and they tried scaring us by suing us. and it's been a hard road from there. >> they feel abandoned by the state government. and wonder why they are the ones that have to monitor the air. >> i don't know why government is not here. i don't know why our state officials don't come and ask them questions either. i don't know why people don't care. other than the people that live here. >> they carry on with their lives as best they can, but lab results they receive from a recent stamp give them little
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comfort. >> diclorola propane. >> this is greek to me. i really don't understand. >> it affirms our suspicions, that there are toxins according to this, floating in the air. it sucks. >> two of the chemicals found, both can be dangerous, but it will take months to know whether the chemicals from helena and how much of a threat they are. he believes his family, and his town have the right to know. >> it's not a chemical plant, it's not named helena, new mexico, it is named mesquite new mexico. and we are mesquite. >> that was casey coffman
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reporting. still ahead, joining forces in the name of healthcare, will an obama clinton reunion boost the affordable healthcare act? stand by. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a state of emergency for the entertainment industry there. next.
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are being held without bond. police say the men acted out of retaliation for an earlier shooting 13 people include add two-year-old boy were injured. the fda is being pursued by 41 attorneys general to draft a promise set of rules for electronic cigarette sales. they say the marketing attracts young people. hillary clinton keeping up the campaign for obama-care, with a warning. she reminded republicans of possible repercussions for they allow government shut down, she pointed to shut down during her husband's first term, saying they blamed the republican party. is in fact a former
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president himself, bill clinton. a master of the microphone, mr. clinton played the roll of t.v. interviewer. lobbing softball questions at a forum with the current president, and giving mr. obama another chance to pitch for his plan with the american people. let's talk a little about the healthcare law. we are about to begin open enrollment for six months. and i'd like to give you a chance, first of all, to tell them why when you took off we were teetering on the brink of a depression. you had to avert it, you had to start the recovery, why in the midst of this did you also take on this complex issue. many people were saying why doesn't he just focus on the economy and leave this alone.
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so term us why you did it. >> i think it is important to remember that health care is the economy. a massive part of our economy. and so the idea that somehow we can separate out the two, is a fallacy. second of all, the effort for us to deal with a moment facetted healthcare crisis has been going on for decades. and the person that just introduced us, as well as you, early in your presidency, had as much to do with helping to shape the conversation as anybody. the fact is that we have been, up until recently, the only advanced industrialized nation on earth, that permits large
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numbers of its people to languish without health insurance. >> it was a triple play sort of day for the media. iran's newly elected president was addressed the united nations, as the u.s. president was with speaking and on capitol hill, texas republican senator ted cruz he is hilled ground as well. still is. here with the politics of obama-care. mr. obama still out there trying to defend what is supposed to go in place. >> in days between october 1st and january 1st, of course, the sign up period for the exchanges. most concerned is the obama administration with getting the young invincibles the people that don't have insurance, to enter the pool. he talked a lot about what congress is doing, in particular -- >> and still going on. >> right. >> but even after four
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attempts by the house of representatives to either repeal or alter obama-care in some way, and the supreme court ruling that unexpectedly upheld the law, the president is still defending it. let's listen to more of that. >> yet we can have a symbolic vote. >> what happens when you get hit by a bus? heaven forbid. or your family gets sick. well, we have to pay for you anyway, because we won't let somebody bleed in front of the emergency room. what we have said is you have to take responsibility. so there is a penalty if you dote 20 health insurance. this is where the unpopularity came in. people don't like to be told. and employers don't like to be told you have to give health insurance. but as a society, what we cannot do is to say you
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have no responsibilities whatsoever, but you have guaranteed coverage. >> okay, what is happening on the senate floor now. ted cruz is still holding forth. he has been out there for seven hours. when we last left the story, the house of representatives passed that bill, that linked the defunding of funding the government into the new fiscal year which starts a week from today. the senate, there's no way no how they will pass something like this, harry reed has the votes to turn it back. ted cruz does not. ted cruz stated the obvious, but house conservatives and other outside conservatives went bananas. they criticized him for not fighting the good fight. there's little he can do. he is fighting a lost cause here. here is a little bit of what he had 20 say. >> you want to know why the job economy is so
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bad, why there's so few jobs. while we have the lowest work force in decades in the united states. small businesses generate two-thirds of all new jocks in the economy. and small businesses have been hammered under obama-care, unlike ever before. if we listened to our constituents. we would step forward and act to avert this train wreck. and anyone who is trying to make this a battle of personalities is trying to chain the top fricke the top take should matter. whether or not obama-care is helping the american people. mr. president, if you focus on the substance, the evidence is overwhelming. this law is a train wreck. >> and as we listen to ted cruz on tape, we can
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now look back into the senate chamber where he is still holding forth, about an hour ago, he read a bedtime story to his daughters. green eggs and ham. a lot of people are waiting for him to pick up a copy of good night moon. but mrs. no sign now -- this is technically not a filibuster. >> it is not? >> it is not. there is a vote tomorrow on the senate chamber regardless if he talks up until that time, lit be about noon, that's the first in a series of streets that democrats will win and if ted cruz keeps this un, the clock will eventually run out on him, it will be probably next sunday. where they will send it back to the house of representatives. >> that's a lot of childrens story. >> you have seen these theatrics before. >> it seems very much a rerun. this is also 20 years a a
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day since president clinton proposed his own plan. in which he couldn't get through congress. the same opposition that president obama faced. one thing to remember, is this healthcare law, massive law, it is by far i think the biggest law that congress has ever passed on a partisan basis. nearly all the democrats voted for it, nearly all the republicans oppose it. that's pretty much unprecedented and i think we are seeing the ramifications of that. republicans are not give up their opposition. >> and the divide that it has created between cruz and otherses isn't there a lot of risk in that? >> very much so. a lot of republicans are saying it isn't worth it, we will get blamed for a shut down, and for being anti-healthcare. the bic show is in the house, where you have a significant number of ted cruz supporters. that's the real problem going forward. >> what happens they
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can't get it out? so they -- it goes back to the house and then? >> good question. >> that's when we will know whether we with have a shut down or not. and that's likely to come, one with day, before a shut down would happen. one with day before next tuesday, so john baner, the speaker of the house, is going to have a choice to make. he can stay with his conservatives or he can roll them, yet again, and pass a bill with democrats. either way it is big trouble. well, there is a little bit of lividity. provided by all all people, bono from youtube, who decided to take a certain president to task, for running late again. >> when i first met bono he walked into the oval office, and i actually thought it was a member of his own road crew. it wasn't really dressed right, actually, i felt like the rock star on
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that occasion. >> it's david letterman. >> i must be really easy to make fun of? >> indeed, yes, but it is fungny to go back 20 years. this is the same story, and the same thing with mr. clinton. we must say, he has always sprung a little late. >> yes. >> with have all lived through the clinton people time. >> he has been around saying the same things for almost 20 years himself. >> do you think that rings any sort of levity, any sort of relief to the seriousness of this? of what is going do happen if they can't resolve this? that leads to another shut down? >> very much so. whatever the senate does get through it's work, i think you will see congressional leaders going down to the white house, and i think president obama will be more involved trying to figure out what the strategy should be, and i think at some point they have to put forward a bill with healthcare, that will get the votes
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and the democrats will be responsible for getting most of them. yeah, that's trouble for john baner. he has done this so many times that it is going to be hard for him to run over them one more time. >> a big worry for the white house, is not the shut down, it is the debt ceiling that comes uhm later. >> gentlemen, thank you very much for being with us, and american tonight will return after a break.
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hosting the 6th annuals
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diagnostic error. this is a meeting designed to advance the stubbeddy of medical mistakes and poor decision making. these errors happen a lot more often than you think. >> in many ways tara is your typical 20 something. she leads an active life keeping fit, in fact, buzzsy training for a half marathon. and she gets out and about with her fiance. but not that long ago, the 23-year-old found herself in the emergency room, almost unable to move, and about to learn a lesson in diagnosis. on a tuesday i had chest pain, i worked at a summer camp, and this was exhausting and it got worse. >> after a pain filled sleepless night, she saw a doctor at a local
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medical center. >> he is like you are a little bit congested you probably just pulled your big muscle that goes from your shoulder to your chest, and asked if i wanted muscle relaxers and i was like well if it is a pulled muscle i will get over it. that night i couldn't sleep, go back to work, i am still miserable. i remember calling my fiance, i was bawling my eyes out, by it hurt to cry, because i couldn't left my nose without it hurting. >> cara was convinced this was much more than a pulled muscle so she headed to the emergency room for a second opinion. a cat scan offered a shocking new diagnosis, little did i know what he saw in the picture. >> what did he saw? >> he saw 21 with blood clots in my lungs. 11 on one side and ten on the other. >> tara learned she has a hereditary blood clotting disorder. two national institute of health says about 30% of
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americans with untreated blood clots will die. most will die within hours of the clots forming. >> it scared me the most was that i would have been gone. that i wouldn't have been here to be with my fiance. what he have done. my mom and dad, i am the only child. what would they have done. all my stuff still here, everything is still there but i'm not, and that's real lascarry. >> what's also scary for many americans is just how common misdiagnosis like tara's are. >> dr. hardeep is a physician at the v.a. medical center in houston, texas. he lead as team of researchers, one of just a few of its kind, studying misdiagnosis. his latest study shows in a review of 190 cases more than a third had
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diagnostic errors. >> no matter how you look at it, it is a substantially large number that is more than what we expect. there was not one disease that stood out, but there were with 68 different dehydration that were missed. >> one of the main reasons doctors get it wrong, is how little time they spend with a patient, on average a family doctor sees about 17 patient as day, and the pressure to see even more is fueled by our medical system, where doctors are paid by the visit. helen is someone who spends a lot of time thinking about a physicians time and attention. ever since she admitted her 15-year-old son lewis to a south carolina hospital, for elective surgery to straighten his breastbone. >> we where are very
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nervous waiting for the summary. we thought that was the moment of highest risk. so when he came out, and everything seemed to have gone all right, we were relieved. it was the third morning after surgery a few minutes after he had been given an injection. >> it is a powerful painkiller with known risks that include perp rated ulcers and special bleeding. >> he suddenly developed this excruciating pain in his upper abdomen. he started sweating, and just cold sweat, just beads of sweat on his skin, and he got these big black circles under his eye. i kept asking for the doctor. so this young doctor comes in and he examined lewis, and he says this is just constipation. >> lewis was in a serious condition, no matter what the cause was. and they witness weren't
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taking that condition seriously. >> the boy had developed a serious perp rated ulcer. despite her efforts the attending physician never came to examine him. >> he leaned over and said it is going black and i said what. and he said it again, and his words were slurred he said it is going black. and then he went into cardiac arrest. just all at odd age angles. and that was the last thing he ever said. this was a gigantic hospital, that was supposed to be expert in its field, and nobody could recognize that a patient was dying. >> the medical university of south carolina in charleston took steps to make amends. starting with an award of
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almost $1 million to lewis' family. in addition, the hospital built a hi-tech simulation lab, to better diagnosis and treat people in their care. the simulation lab is a step forward as is the lewis blackman patient safety act. a 2005 south carolina state law that she lobbied for which mandates that a hospital doctor has to come when a patient's family calls. but for helen has kehl it is a small victory. she is dismayed by how often mistakes still happen. there's a part of me that thinks some day it will change, but i'm not sure what it will take for that do happen. >> heartbreaking report from america tonight. joining us tonight, john hopkins university neurology, who p has tock in chicago at this hour. he is attending the diagnostic error conference, we appreciate your taking the time to
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be with us, i know this is something you have studies from very early. can you explain to us, what is is the most common diagnostic error? what is behind that. >> thank you, for having me. well with, diagnostic errors are very frequent. the ones that cause the most harm that kill people are causing them to suffer serious problems are mostly vascular events, infections and cancers. >> doctors miss things. >> the realsy that practicing medicine is hard, bun unfortunately there are many instances where we are just not practicing the best possible care we could. and some of that is things we can fix. >> how do you go about fixing the mistakes, how do you correct that?
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>> so there are various strategies. i think that some of the most important ones will be to start do give doctors better feedback. we with don't do a good job right now of doing that. the other thing is to create new protocols to try to circumvent problems where there are known errors in diagnosis that are repeated over and other again. >> so following up, making sure that people are monitoring that, and that requires the support of the medical can institutions as well. >> it does. and our payment system doesn't help us in that regard, because right now there are no checks on quality, there is no controls on whether he get our diagnosis correct, and as a result, the payment system is just driving us to see more and more patients, but not really to monitor whether we are doing a good job diagnosing them. so what do we do as
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patients in how can we approach our own care better. >> i think what patients with do is come prepared with a one page summary. make sure they ask good questions. and make sure they physician is acting in an open minded way. and really, make sure that their partiesn't pas in advocacy to support the work we are doing here. without public support there won't be enough research funding and funds made available to push these agendas forward in order to reduce diagnostic error. >> and how does the medical community improve things. >> we have to take stock. we have to do studies to prioritize the areas are the greatest amounts of harm occur, and specifically identify what our potential solutions to introduce, whether they end up being decision support tools that are used with
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computers, new devices to improve diagnostic accuracy, studying misdiagnosis of stroke and patients presents to the emergency department with dizziness. and in other cases through more effective communication. >> absolutely. >> thank you so much, doctor david from john hopkins university school of medicine for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> coming up wednesday on this program, he is a radical civil rights attorney, who represented the black panthers, now he is a mayor in the reddest of red states. >> i think president obama had more -- i think a little bit more progress would have been made. >> no disrespect to president obama, but i'm one of the people that was in the trenched that made it possible for president obama to get to where he is. he never marched the streets dend maaing anything.
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he never stood in front of the clan and said you aren't going to march here, i have done those things and more. he has been called america's most revolutionary mayor, and you can meet him right here on wednesday on america tonight. and still to come, this evening. we meet two women that say living with big scary snakes is a good thing. we'll be back. ç]
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finally tonight, from the hard to believe files two women in south africa are living in a house of snakes. by choice. there's got to be a reason, to find out why. >> it took a lot of courage for these south africans to do this. even though they have been told cymba, the nonvim nows wrapping himself around them is harmless. despite the experience, they haven't lost his fear of snakes. but he does say people should have a more open mind about them. >> i think they should come to one of these, and
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learn more about snakes. >> the snake belong known in the township asthma ma cecile. the snake woman. >> people grow up reading and hearing women about snakes and usually they are portrayed as evil or associated with witchcraft. in some communities being this close is ink heard of. >> they started raiding snakes three years ago. after going to see a snake show that really impressed them. >> they advised people to be careful when approaching snake because some are dangerous, but others like brown house snakes help get rid of rats and other rodents. >> this is all about educating us here. the community. because really we -- people are coming here for the show. seven out of 10 say i killed a snake. what kind of a snake.
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it was brown. it was a brown house snake. a lot of people killed brown snakes. >> tourists are also curious about the woman who keeps snakes in her house. she charge as small fee, and uses the money to care for her animals. the mother and dater team say many of their neighbors still believe the only good snake is a dead one. they have been called witches several times but that won't stop them doing their work. >> just doesn't seem like a good idea. and that's it for us here, see you back here tomorrow.
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welcome to al jazeera. here are tonight's top stories. al jazeera has learned the resolution on chemical weapons could be on the table at the united nations as early as thursday. president obama said it is important for the u.n. security council to address the u.s. russian agreement to eliminate chemical weapons. the u.n. says the chemical weapons inspectors head back to syria tomorrow. this time they will be gathering samples from an attack. last week they confirmed that the saran gas has been used which killed more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of children. wild fire burning tonight northeast of los angeles, 250-acre fire is in the


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