Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

A surprising force has helped industry defeat black lung benefits claims for ailing miners: Johns Hopkins University.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… oal companies’ trump card. He has undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, a long history of leadership at Johns Hopkins and an array of presentatio …"

The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare's cost crisis

By Joe Eaton

Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that don't work. Why can't Medicare do that?

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… ectiveness of unlimited glucose monitoring supplies for diabetic children, The Wall Street Journal editorial board called it the “pro-diabetes board.” The program ultima …"

U.S. report urges deeper look into breast cancer's environmental links

By Jim Morris

A new federal report urges enhanced research into potential environmental triggers of breast cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… te sites.” Spokespeople for the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association, did not respond to requ …"

Reporter Jim Morris and Canadian researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith will answer your questions about new findings for breast cancer risks

Join reporter Jim Morris and researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith today at 12pm ET to talk new findings about risk for breast cancer.

Union demands protection for workers, after breast cancer linked to auto plastics industry

By Jennifer Quinn, Robert Cribb, Julian Sher and Jim Morris

A study linking higher rates of breast cancer for women in the auto plastics industry triggers anger among workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… level. Adam Finkel, former director of health standards programs for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the vast majority of exposure limits enforced by the agency in Ameri …"

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… may use the findings in protecting workers from hazardous exposures.”The American Chemistry Council, the main chemical industry trade association in the United States, questi …"

"… ing cups. The FDA acted, however, only after receiving a petition from the American Chemistry Council, which said that manufacturers of these products had already abandoned the …"

2 paths forward for uninsured, 1 clouded by ruling

By The Associated Press

Court ruling giving states leeway on Medicaid casts uncertainty on new coverage for millions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… me individuals optional for the states," said Rockefeller.Officials at the Health and Human Services department say they are not particularly concerned. The …"

"… e available federal funding."Not every state took part when the Children's Health Insurance Program was launched in the 1990s, Hash noted. But within two ye …"

Low doses of some chemicals tied to health effects

By Marla Cone

Scientists see links to infertility, heart disease and other disorders from exposure to small amounts of hormone-altering chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan State University":

"… ortunity to fully review this paper, Michael Kamrin, emeritus professor of Michigan State University, has concluded ‘low dose’ effects have not been proven, and therefore …"

ANALYSIS: Despite GOP claims, U.S. health care nowhere near 'best' in the world

By Wendell Potter

Americans pay more for health care than anyone in the world, but our system is not the best

Excerpts from this story referencing "health care systems":

"… ic Cooperation (OECD) released the results of its most recent study of the health care systems in its member countries, including the U.S., plus six others, for a total …"

"… an twice as much as France, which many experts contend has one of the best health care systems on the planet.The average expenditure per person in the U.S. is $7,960, a …"

Digital mammography no better than film for most women, despite increased costs

By Joe Eaton

New report shows little difference despite increased costs for digital

Forty percent of Medicare spending on common cancer screenings unnecessary, probe suggests

By Rochelle Sharpe and Elizabeth Lucas

Forty percent of Medicare spending on common cancer screenings may be unnecessary

Excerpts from this story referencing "Breast cancer":

"… was spent screening people who were in their 90s, the investigation showed.Breast cancer screening guidelines were disregarded most frequently during this period, …"

"… who recently underwent chemotherapy to treat rectal cancer when he was 92.Breast cancer politicsOf the four major cancer screenings, mammography is the most expen …"

Research methodology

By David Donald and Elizabeth Lucas

A look at how data was gathered for Medicare reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cervical cancer":

"… olonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, barium enemas and fecal occult blood tests. Cervical cancer screenings include both Papanicolaou smears and liquid-based cytology. Bre …"

Ask Wendell: Squeak long and loud with health insurers

By Wendell Potter

Deb Richter's case proves it: health insurance firms don't like high-profile controversies

During Mitch Daniels’ decade at Eli Lilly, the drug giant paid billions in fines and settled thousands of lawsuits

By Joanne Kenen and Rochelle Sharpe

Eli Lilly paid billions in fines, settled thousands of lawsuits while Daniels was an executive at the drug giant

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… n and out of politics, starting as a young aide to then-Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar in the 1970s. He moved to Washington when Lugar won his Senate seat, and l …"

Analysis – One year later, health reform a law worth keeping

By Wendell Potter

Is the health care reform law a good deal for Americans or is it so badly flawed that Congress should repeal it?...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… aw has additionally begun to close the infamous “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug program. Medicare beneficiaries are also now getting bet …"

"… he infamous “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug program. Medicare beneficiaries are also now getting better coverage for preventive care. An …"

Unproven for older women, digital mammography saps Medicare dollars

By Joe Eaton, Elizabeth Lucas and David Donald

High-tech, digital mammography may not be any better at detecting breast cancer in women over 65 than older film-based systems, but Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Breast cancer":

"… od and as safe as those already on the market. Cost is not a consideration.Breast cancer advocates blamed the slow pace on what they called a culture of foot-dragg …"


By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeff Larson":

"… y Feather, partner—political director for the Bush-Cheney 2000 Campaign; Jeff Larson, partner—regional director for the Bush-Quayle 1992 Campaign; Tom S …"