CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… .” The team conducting the CDC and industry-backed study will be led by Boston University epidemiologist Daniel Brooks. He previously conducted a study of CKD in Ch …"

"… likely culprit, but he has been cautious in describing his results. “The Boston University team believes that the CKD epidemic is caused by a combination of factors, …"

"… through an open bidding process. Instead, according to the CDC Foundation, Boston University approached the CDC with a proposal, and funding was then obtained from the …"

"… ling said. “There’s still an indirect link.” The CDC Foundation and Boston University said Brooks and the CDC would control all aspects of the study’s design …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ed in a recently concluded study of the epidemic’s causes by a team from Boston University, which found that there was still not enough evidence to get to the bottom …"

"… dvisor Ombudsman,” stated the IFC’s review documents, referring to the Boston University study. “No direct relationship between the sugar sector and the disease …"

"… It’s an interpretation that Daniel Brooks, the lead scientist for the Boston University team, said is technically accurate. But it’s quite different from how Br …"

Cancer-cluster study seeking to debunk 'Erin Brockovich' has glaring weaknesses

By David Heath

An often-cited study finds no cancer cluster in Hinkley, Calif. But it fails to focus on people who drank poisoned water.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… 5 percent certainty that the cluster is not a fluke, said Richard Clapp, a Boston University professor who used to direct the Massachusetts Cancer Registry. He said th …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… think that it’s preventable,” said Daniel Brooks, an epidemiologist at Boston University who is leading a study in Nicaragua of the new form of CKD. “I’m very …"

"… s ombudsman — leading to an agreement that the company fund the ongoing Boston University study.The BU team has pinpointed evidence suggesting that heat stress and …"

"… s — suggesting a pre-existing exposure as well.Brooks, the leader of the Boston University team, hypothesizes that a toxic exposure may render the population vulnera …"

"… are beginning to study each other’s work independently. Scientists from Boston University, the Central American NGO SALTRA, and Sri Lanka have shared notes, and man …"

Massachusetts workers killed, injured at facilities touted as 'Model Workplaces'

By Beverly Ford

Safety risks, injuries and even fatalities plague Mass. worksites touted by OSHA as among the nation's safest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University. This story was done in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity …"

Violating the public trust?

By Maggie Mulvihill and Julia Waterhous

A five-year look at Massachusetts public servants charged with crimes and ethics violations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University. NECIR interns contributing to this report were Chelsea Feinstein, James R …"

A judge, a teenage killer and a mother who forgives

By Maggie Mulvihill

Lawyers argue judges should stop teen killers from receiving harshest sentences — life in jail, without parole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… nter for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit investigative newsroom at Boston University. This is a follow-up report to the center’s 2011 investigative series on …"

Industrial chemical exposure linked to learning problems, hyperactivity

By Lindsey Konkel

Boys exposed to higher levels of PCBs scored lower on focus and concentration tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ssociations between PCBs and ADHD-related behavior,” the scientists from Boston University, Harvard University and two other institutions wrote in the study, which w …"

"… ron Sagiv, lead author of the study and an epidemiologist who now works at Boston University.Roughly eight years after they were born, almost 600 of these children und …"

Teen killers get inconsistent sentences

By Maggie Mulvihill, Sarah Favot and Kirsten Berg

U.S. Supreme Court will revisit sentencing children 14-years and younger to life in prison without parole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ended sentence. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom. Maggie Mulvihill, the cen …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental health at Boston University, is among several public health experts who called the situation unusual." …"

"… IARC reassessment - assuming the findings are published by then.Clapp, of Boston University, said the mining industry has an incentive to keep any bad news about dies …"

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gative Reporting is a non-profit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

States slow to act against New England polluters

By Maggie Mulvihill, Alex Burris and James Robinson

Regulators in Maine and nearby states have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

Our youngest killers

By Sarah Favot, Kirsten Berg and Jenna Ebersole

Massachusetts teens sentenced to life without parole reveal inequities in '96 law

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ves?” Odgren asked.The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom. Maggie Mulvihill, the cen …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… Trinity College in 1982, and picking up a master’s degree in business at Boston University, Dagres joined and prospered in the fast-growing financial services indust …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… disease,” said Daniel Brooks, lead researcher of a scientific team from Boston University that is among a handful of groups conducting early studies. During days t …"

"… notably at Nicaragua Sugar’s Ingenio San Antonio plantation, where the Boston University team is working. But the industry typically has barred independent scienti …"

"… ter workers complained, the Bank granted $1 million to sponsor the ongoing Boston University study. Before receiving the loans, the companies needed to assure the Ban …"

A crawling issue: Head lice treatments worse than the pest itself?

By Jeremy Borden

Parents routinely use dangerous pesticides to treat their children for head lice

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ad.Richard Clapp, an environmental health expert and professor emeritus at Boston University, said each compound can produce problems. Malathion, a neurotoxic chemical …"

Congressman says 10-mile policy on iodine pills is irresponsible

By Jeremy Borden

The nuclear crisis in Japan has renewed a decade-long fight over how many Americans would receive iodine pills in the aftermath of a nuclear

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… re being exposed [to thyroid cancer],” Sgouros said.Elizabeth Pearce, a Boston University professor at the School of Medicine who works with the American Thyroid As …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ders, tobacco producers, and tobacco-dependent communities.” A report by Boston University public health professor Dr. Michael Siegel blasted the measure as a “swe …"

Expert: New toxic chemicals report “unprecedented”

By Jim Morris

In a new report, the President’s Cancer Panel emphatically reinforced what public health officials and activists have been saying for decade

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ly underestimated.”Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health at Boston University, said the significance of the report cannot be overstated. “For the Pres …"

Lax enforcement of Title IX in campus sexual assault cases

By Kristin Jones

Feeble watchdog leaves students at risk, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… . In 2003 for example, OCR’s Boston office found it “troubling” that Boston University had distributed a press packet with information about an alleged rape vict …"

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Human exposure 'uncontrolled' at 114 Superfund sites

By Joaquin Sapien

EPA secrecy about sites' toxic dangers extends even to senators' inquiries

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… d of time," said Subra, the environmental consultant.Richard Clapp, of the Boston University School of Public Health's Environmental Health Department, agreed. "It is …"

"… gue."I think there are probably a lot more" than 114 sites, said Clapp, of Boston University. The Lipari Landfill site in Pitman, N.J., listed as a Superfund site in 1 …"

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… nment from negotiating price discounts with drug companies.A 2003 study by Boston University researchers Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar found that 61 percent of Medica …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… re not so self-evident," said Julian Zelizer, a congressional historian at Boston University. "When these kinds of trips are disclosed, the public and the media want t …"

"… leave an air of corruption where there is no corruption," said Zelizer of Boston University. "Disclosure on its own is not always satisfying." …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… former federal officials, to advance their interests before the House, the Senate, the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other executive …"

"… a target of the industry's lobbying attentions; contacts with the House or Senate are listed on about 5,500 lobby disclosure reports. The Department of Heal …"

"… n bills sponsored by their ex-bosses.Larson was a health policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the chief sponsor of a Medicare bill that, six …"