Critic of artificial sweeteners pilloried by industry-backed scientists

By Chris Young

Any criticism of the artificial sweetener industry is met with a barrage of criticism, often from questionable sources.

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

By Chris Hamby

Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul S. Wheeler":

"… department's deputy secretary told senators Tuesday.   That doctor, Paul S. Wheeler, systematically found that miners did not have black lung when, in fact, m …"

Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

By David Heath

Study by the National Institutes of Health found levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in mice.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… to amounts some people with private wells in the United States drink. The Center for Public Integrity recently exposed how lobbying by pesticide companies that sell w …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… that?’’ said Sy Zahedi, president and CEO of MedXm, in Santa Ana, California, which does home assessments. ‘Paucity of evidence’ The downside, fed …"

"… led with no admission of fault. In a third case — against SCAN, a major California health plan — a whistleblower alleged that the company hired reviewers t …"

"… ael Curran, chief operating officer of Health Data Vision Inc. in Burbank, California. Dollar signs Some experts believe that Medicare’s difficulties taming …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… icare Advantage contractor, hotly disputed audit findings for its plans in California and Texas.   Auditors had deemed the risk scores for 45 of 100 …"

"… and Texas.   Auditors had deemed the risk scores for 45 of 100 California patients “invalid” because medical records didn’t verify they had be …"

Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… r returns, thanks to Obamacare — she still believes a single-payer, Medicare-for-all type system would be better. She has a point. The Affordable Care …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

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 "Johns Hopkins University":

"… m a respected household name: the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The Johns Hopkins University often receives attention for its medical discoveries and well-regarded sch …"

Some charities claiming to support veterans spend heavily on overhead instead

By Chad Garland and Andrew Knochel

News21 investigation finds that some charities supposedly supporting veterans actually spending more to keep their program alive.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… st of the rest of the money, according to the charity’s filings with the Internal Revenue Service, paid for mass mailings soliciting more money and urging Americans to volu …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ecades on environmental legislation, including a 1986 law that created the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory, a database that allows members of the public …"

Sheldon Adelson's anti-cancer campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Nation's top super PAC donor also quietly funneling millions to medical research.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Johns Hopkins University":

"… 08), Harvard Medical School ($280,328), the UCLA Foundation ($280,000) and Johns Hopkins University ($200,000).  Such money is a fraction of the more than $93 million t …"

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 "Cancer":

"… es last year. Compiled by the congressionally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, the report notes that m …"

"… co-chair of the committee and president of the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund, said in an interview. “There really is a problem, and until we add …"

"… ed by Congress from 1992 through 2012 for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, 75 percent went toward “basic biology and treatment re …"

Hospital 'facility fees' boosting medical bills, and not just for hospital care

By Fred Schulte

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… el and a simple bandage during her 15-minute visit, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which reported on the incident last year.Because the center …"

"… he incident last year.Because the center was owned by Baptist Health South Florida, the hospital-based system  slapped a $275 facility fee on top of the …"

"… e would have gone elsewhere had she known about the extra fees beforehand. Florida has since passed a law requiring urgent care centers to post prices and al …"

"… supplies, equipment and space.” Similarly, Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida posts a notice on its website that advises those who schedule clinic visit …"

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 "the University of Pennsylvania":

"… said Finkel, who runs the Penn Program on Regulation, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Limits for chemicals used in plastics are typically designed …"

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 "the University of Pennsylvania":

"… said Finkel, who runs the Penn Program on Regulation, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.In its statement, OSHA acknowledged, “Many of our current Per …"

OPINION: a bit of truth-telling on Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

The rhetoric has obscured the Affordable Care Act's many benefits

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… pending has coarsened the political debate, flooding the airwaves in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and other battleground states with negative, often inaccurate ad …"

Big donors give far and wide, influence out-of-state races, issues

By Evelyn Larrubia

Their money is spread far and wide, influencing races in other states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rex Sinquefield":

"… nor Howard Dean.By comparison, Missouri’s top donor, St. Louis financier Rex Sinquefield, has spent nearly $7 million in political contributions already this elect …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Daily Disclosure: Planned Parenthood airs ads opposing Romney

By Rachael Marcus

Planned Parenthood is spending $3.2 million in an attempt to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House.

OPINION: Physicians' group will barnstorm conventions with truth-telling on ObamaCare

By Wendell Potter

Doctors for America will provide reality check, dispense free care.

Daily Disclosure: Republicans attack Obama over cancer ad

By Alexandra Duszak

A super PAC that linked Mitt Romney's closure of a steel factory to woman's death from cancer sparks an ad war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cancer":

"… ur experiences.”The ad never says what experiences Soptic was sharing.“Cancer”, from American Crossroads, tries to pokes holes in the firewall that is …"

Daily Disclosure: Man links wife's cancer death to Bain buyout

By Alexandra Duszak

A Democratic super PAC continues to hammer Romney's history with Bain Capital, this time over health insurance.

2 plead guilty in Miss. chemotherapy fraud case

By The Associated Press

Doctor, billing agent plead guilty to charges related to diluted chemotherapy case in Miss.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cancer":

"… verbilled millions. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, who founded the Rose Cancer Center in the south Mississippi town of Summit in 2005, pleaded guilty in …"

Health care options for young, healthy and broke

By The Associated Press

Insurance options for those with lots of health, little wealth: Is the cheapest choice best?

Mass. health law may bode well for federal law

By The Associated Press

Mass. health care law, 6 years on, may point to successes and challenges ahead for federal law

Federal panel advises against prostate cancer screen for men

By Gordon Witkin

Panel says prostate cancer screen that was subject of Center probe does more harm than good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cancer":

"… reening procedures — including the PSA test — is probably unnecessary. Cancer screening tests are widely overused, the probe found, in part because doct …"

ANALYSIS: Slogans versus substance in the battle over ObamaCare's future

By Wendell Potter

Tea Party slogans distort the Affordable Care Act.

FACT CHECK: Obama ‘Road’ film takes some detours

By FactCheck.Org

The president's 17-min. campaign film avoids truths on health care, auto bailout

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… true that after the early 2010 Senate election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, who represented a swing vote denying Democrats the ability to squash a fi …"

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