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  • Incredible Claims

    Mammograms are painful procedures that have been criticized for false positives and exposing patients to radiation, naturally some women were intrigued by the promise of digital breast thermography. Thermography is non-invasive scan that, according to the manufacturers and practitioners, can detect breast cancer up to 10 years before a mammogram. There’s just one problem: doctors say it doesn’t work. CBC identified over 50 thermography clinics in Canada, many of which claimed their equipment was able to detect breast cancer and save women from having to undergo mammograms. The American FDA had recently ordered Meditherm, a major manufacturers of thermography equipment, to stop making “false and misleading” claims about their products ability to diagnose illness. When we checked with Canadian regulators, both federally and provincially, each said another level of government was responsible for regulating thermography devices. CBC worked for weeks gathering interviews, information and documents related to thermography, all the while Canadian lawmakers stood by their original statements, saying thermography was not their problem. Across the country CBC started airing radio stories on the morning of November 27. By the evening news two provinces (Manitoba and Newfoundland) said they would take action against local clinics, and Health Canada said they were blocking the import of thermography devices into the country.
  • The Evidence Gap

    The nations' medical bill last year exceeded $2.7 trillin -- nearly as much as the projected total cost of the Iraq war. If it were medical money well spend, there might be few cries to "reform" the American health care system. But by some estimates, one-third or more of the medical care received by patients in this country may be virtually worthless. The nation is wasting hundreds of billions of dollars each year on superfluous treatments -- money that otherwise could by spent, for example , on providing health insurance for every child, woman and man int his country who currently have no coverage. A team of science and business reporters from The New York Times set out to explain how and why the United States is spending so much on health care with so relatively little to show for the money, They discovered a gaping chasm between scientific evidence and the practice of medicine. In an in-depth series of articles, told through real doctors and patients, and based on information they dug up that was frequently unflattering to medical providers, companies and regulators, the Times team documented many disturbing instances of "The Evidence Gap."
  • As More Women Seek Mammograms, Many Have to Wait Months

    The Wall Street Journal says the feud between doctors and managed-care insurers over reimbursements for mammograms has led to the shutting down of many imaging centers. This despite the fact that there is a growing demand for new facilities. The situation is so bad that women have to wait anywhere from two to six months to get an appointment with a radiologist. Many imaging centers are dropping managed-care providers because their rate of reimbursement barely covers the cost of the tests.
  • Cancer Season: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Cancer Times focuses on the negative opinion most activist groups have about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Critics charge the month is a PR gimmick and question AstraZeneca's sponsorship of the month. They say AstraZeneca advises early detection and its drug tamoxifen for "high-risk" women.
  • Electroscan: Alternative to mammogram being tested

    This report examines an experimental breast cancer screening device. It is supposed to "measure the electrical differences inside the breast tissue at the cellular level."
  • IRE Feed 2 "Award Finalist"

    A compilation of 11 stories. 1.) "Airport Security" WCPO, Cincinnati, No criminal background checks for airport workers and other violations of security rules. 2.) "Too Young to Die" KCBS, Los Angeles, The National Cancer Institute stopped recommending that women get mammograms, causing uninsured women to die early deaths. 3.) "Ford Height Four" WMAQ, Chicago, Were four black men wrongly convicted of robbery, rape, and murder, because police withheld information and a key witness lied? A killer confesses. 4.) "Sexual Predators" WLTV, Jacksonville, A law drops some sexual predators from the public list. 5.) "Shooters" WAGA, Atlanta, Convenience stores selling shooters, a brown bag full of everything you need to smoke crack, but the crack. 6.) "Cleaner Gasoline" KGO, San Francisco, The Air Resources Board threw out data that shows a news gas could make your car catch fire. 7.) "The Business of Charity" WRAL, Raleigh, Sales of donated clothes by non-profit organizations equals big money. 8.) "Stolen Dreams" News 12 Long Island, Salesmen stealing pension and retirement dreams. 9.) "Chemical Reaction" WXYZ, Detroit, Did General Motors protect it's workers from deadly and unhealthy chemicals? 10.) "Conspiracy of Silence" CBC, Alberta, Workers denied their workers compensation. 11.) "Nursing Homes: Care and Crisis" WDIV, Detroit, Bed sores, neglect and more.
  • After the Fallout

    Nearly every member of the Mertensmeyer family has thyroid cancer. They grew up on a farm in Carrolton, Mo., a town that received high levels of fallout from nuclear bomb testing in the Nevada desert in the 1950s. The story shows that the average exposure to radiation was 2 rads (radiation absorbed dose), a level equivalent to about five times the exposure from a mammogram. The area of Missouri where this family grew up received around five times that amount. It is believed that children in fallout zones who drank fresh cow's milk are at greater risk for thyroid cancer.
  • (Untitled)

    This series is the result of a six month investigation into the National Cancer Institute and its claim that there is no proof mammography saves the lives of women under fifty. The investigation found there is proof, and exposes how federal officials knew this all along. The U.S. government policy that women under fifty do not need mammograms affects some fifteen million American women and the health care policies of governments around the world. (Nov. 20, 21, 23 & 24, 1995)