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 "American Lung Association":

"… to diagnose the disease and can put the patient at risk, according to the American Lung Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), t …"

"… he doctors who had found black lung — not Wheeler — were correct. The American Lung Association, NIOSH, the Labor Department and a paper published by the American Thoraci …"

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 "physician":

"… wamped by the influence of drug makers, medical device companies and local physicians, who often believe procedures work, even if the prevailing science says o …"

"… al coverage determination process, it is often swamped by the influence of physicians and manufacturers, as in the 2007 case of cardiac CT scans, a radiology p …"

"… ashington have become more savvy at doing their own research. That has led physician groups and other medical industry interests to “coverage shop,” partic …"

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 "physician":

"… med to be an abundance of disease among female workers.Keith, Brophy and a physician put together a health questionnaire, which was circulated at five plants. …"

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 "Virginia":

"… ey to be eligible for Medicaid, so she plans to pick insurance through the Virginia exchange. The first open enrollment sign-up period is only 16 months away, …"

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

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 "pharmaceuticals":

"… ve countries (Switzerland, Canada, Germany, France and Japan); spending on pharmaceuticals and medical goods is much higher here than any of the other countries; and …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "estrogen receptor-negative tumors":

"… ver, the study also found that digital mammograms were better at detecting estrogen receptor-negative tumors and cancers in women with extremely dense breasts, both of which are more …"

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 "American Medical Association":

"… Pap smears, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Doctors are often reluctant to tell sickly or elderly patients that …"

"… unnecessary Pap smear screenings in 2002, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded. These were women with no history of cancer.The authors conducte …"

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 "Jane Jankowski":

"… en. “It’s industry-wide corporate culture.”Daniels' press secretary, Jane Jankowski, said, "He had zero to do with marketing plans that were created for …"

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?...

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 "National Alliance":

"… , Labor and Pensions Committee, Amy Langer, then executive director of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, warned that FDA missteps could cause manuf …"


By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… identPlaces: An established Democratic media firm, MSR has offices in Denver, Colo., and Fairfax, Va. MSR helped elect Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wi …"