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 "physician":

"… a small unit of radiologists who are professors at the medical school and physicians at the hospital. For 40 years, these doctors have been perhaps the most s …"

"… the university charges up to 10 times the rate miners typically pay their physicians. Doctors have come and gone from the unit over the years, but the leader …"

"… ly chose a doctor who commonly testifies for coal companies, yet even this physician diagnosed the most advanced stage of complicated black lung. Then the opi …"

"… ea of the lung and follow a specific pattern. At the Center’s request, a physician not involved in the case, Dr. John E. Parker, reviewed Day’s X-rays and …"

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 "Alaska":

"… g with coverage policy, including the case of the late Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who at the behest of the PET scan industry almost single-handedly forced …"

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.

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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 "United States":

"… es.The six-year study, conducted by a team of researchers from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, examined the occupational histories of 1,006 women …"

"… environmental causes of a disease that claimed nearly 40,000 lives in the United States last year, called the Windsor study “a very powerful piece of work. The …"

"… t’s really been missing for female breast cancer is occupation.”In the United States, an estimated 150,000 female workers in the plastics and synthetic rubber …"

"… o be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same toxic effects. The same diseases will de …"

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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… oday and who cannot afford to pay for private health insurance," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. About 60 percent of the more than 265,000 uninsured people in his …"

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 "Linda Birnbaum":

"… ronmental Health News and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences.Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… er the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker-to-be John Boehner said one of the first orders of business after he took charge would be the …"

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 "diseases":

"… earchers, who are studying different HPV strains and their role in various diseases. Some doctors who analyze HPV tests, though, are infuriated. Dr. Dina Mody …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "breast cancer":

"… r from my insurance company stating that they are investigating whether my breast cancer is a pre-existing condition. Mind you, my mammogram one year ago was compl …"

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 "Republican presidential candidate":

"… ta contributed to this story.  …"

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 "Michigan":

"… . Spencer Abraham, the former energy secretary and Republican senator from Michigan, sponsored a mirror bill to Shaw’s in the Senate.The American College of …"


By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Edwards":

"… is's 2002 election; Steven Stenberg, partner—Virginia state director for John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaignPlaces: Having worked for the party's bigg …"