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.

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?

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.

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.

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 "Africa":

"… re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same toxic effects. The sa …"

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 "Rick Scott":

"… states to come on board. That's not to say all of them will; Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced over the weekend that his state will opt out, and others will pr …"

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 "chemicals":

"… published Wednesday by a team of 12 scientists who study hormone-altering chemicals.Dozens of substances that can mimic or block estrogen, testosterone and ot …"

"… d cosmetics. One of the biggest, longest-lasting controversies about these chemicals is whether the tiny doses that most people are exposed to are harmful.In t …"

"… ng compounds. As examples, they provide evidence for several controversial chemicals, including bisphenol A, found in polycarbonate plastic, canned foods and p …"

"… tists took on the issue of whether a decades-old strategy for testing most chemicals — exposing lab rodents to high doses then extrapolating down for real-li …"

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

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 "Breast cancer":

"… cer screenings include both Papanicolaou smears and liquid-based cytology. Breast cancer screenings include both film and digital mammograms, and prostate cancer s …"

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 "Philadelphia":

"… t, why didn’t he? That needs to be evaluated” said Stephen Sheller, a Philadelphia class action attorney instrumental in the Zyprexa settlement. “Bill …"

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 "health care reform law":

"… on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. …"

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 …"

Consultants

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bobby Jindal":

"… l firm, is not limited to the Midwest. The group sent out mailers for Rep. Bobby Jindal's failed 2003 campaign for Louisiana governor, the Tennessee Republican Pa …"