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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of California":

"… ical action,” Carolyn de la Pena, a professor of American studies at the University of California at Davis, wrote in her 2010 book “Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artifici …"

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.

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 "cancer":

"… ses of arsenic and were surprised to find that many of them developed lung cancer, according to a study just published. What made the results so surprising …"

"… and Bangladesh have shown that people who drink high doses of arsenic get cancer skin, bladder and lung cancer. High levels of arsenic in well water in Ban …"

"… t people who drink high doses of arsenic get cancer skin, bladder and lung cancer. High levels of arsenic in well water in Bangladesh created one of the wor …"

"… the legal limit of arsenic in water each day, 730 will get lung or bladder cancer from it. Some scientists argue that there is a threshold dose, below whic …"

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 "Health":

"… mplications of diabetes to a history of heart trouble that’s flared up. Health plans can profit because Medicare pays them higher rates for sicker patien …"

"… ng to a report prepared for the insurance industry’s trade association. Health plans argue that home visits help them meet a patient’s total Health car …"

"… n Ignagni, president of the industry’s powerful trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, in a March 7, 2014 letter to CMS argued that the agency h …"

"… nment limits public access to billing data. But risk scores at one plan, XLHealth Corp., based in Maryland, jumped by at least 20 percent between 2007 and t …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… clined to comment beyond that. Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency that actually runs the program, declined to …"

"… ely for the millions of seniors they sign up. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducts its own periodic audits — separate from the HHS IG eff …"

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.

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 "Brian Ross":

"… ow the recliner,” Nyoka said. “It’s not enough.” Editor’s note: Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk work for ABC News. Retired judge Edward Miller’s daught …"

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.

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.

Sheldon Adelson's anti-cancer campaign

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "chemicals":

"… nding has gone toward examining links between breast cancer and ubiquitous chemicals such as the plastic hardening agent bisphenol A; the herbicide atrazine; a …"

"… es said, “We look forward to reviewing the report.” At least 216 chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting substances like bisphenol A, have been ass …"

"… been associated with mammary gland tumors in animals. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are used to make plastics and pesticides and found in products s …"

"… food cans and cosmetics. “National survey data show that many of these chemicals are present in the blood or urine of children and adults in the United Sta …"

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 "Medicare":

"… without facility fees.Hospitals have billed them at least since 2000 when Medicare set billing standards for doctors employed by hospitals, and private insur …"

"… ation supported it.Now,  as budget cutters on Capitol Hill drill into Medicare payment policies in hopes of finding new veins of cost savings, the fairne …"

"… crutiny — including from the federal commission that advises Congress on Medicare spending policy. Hospitals are fighting back and have enlisted support fro …"

"… rs and other health care workers.The stakes are high indeed. A decision by Medicare to quit allowing the fees would almost certainly lead private insurers to …"

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 "Cancer":

"… sector. Sandra Palmaro, the CEO of the Ontario wing of the Ontario Breast Cancer Foundation — a funder of the study — was in Windsor for the presentati …"

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 "chemicals":

"… These workers may handle an array of carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They include the hardening agent bisphenol A (BPA) — whose presence in …"

"… ed. “It just seems like we’re fighting the same battle. A lot of these chemicals should be removed from the workplace.”The study population included wome …"

"… Workers in similar plants around the world are exposed to many of the same chemicals. So are members of the public, who encounter the substances — albeit in …"

"… t in lower doses — in the course of their daily lives.“These workplace chemicals are now present in our air, water, food and consumer products,” said one …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… illion spent helping Romney and about $100 million spent to help President Barack Obama.The spending helped close the gap on Obama’s considerable fundraising 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 "cancer":

"… Californians for a Cure, which sought to increase cigarette taxes to fund cancer research (the proposition was narrowly defeated this summer); and Taxpayer …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… think there’s a good chance they are in fact connected.” …"

"… nce they are in fact connected.” …"

"… is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is bafflin …"

"… ch affected region — and a potentially noteworthy discovery this year in Sri Lanka — scientists have yet to prove a chemical at fault or a means of exposur …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… Would Turn Back the Clock on Women’s Health,” began airing in northern Virginia this week and is set to run throughout Virginia and Ohio in the coming wee …"

"… began airing in northern Virginia this week and is set to run throughout Virginia and Ohio in the coming weeks, according to a press release.The ad buy come …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairman and CEO":

"… umptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, condemning his actions when he was chairman and CEO of Bain Capital and linking the private equity firm's buyout of a steel co …"

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 "Medicare":

"… general environment was,” said economist Gail Wilensky, who was head of Medicare during the George H.W. Bush administration and is now a senior fellow at P …"

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