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 "food":

"… eteners means they are highly effective." …"

"… ublic relations blitz from trade groups representing diet- and low-calorie food companies every time she publishes a study about the health effects of art …"

"… point.” Still, even Swithers was surprised by the way in which the diet food industry attacked a paper she published last summer that raised health con …"

"… that raised health concerns about popular sugar substitutes used in snack foods and diet drinks. In her widely publicized work, published as an opinion a …"

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 "Coal":

"… to a series of new initiatives.   Two major obstacles miners face: Coal companies have more resources to develop medical evidence, and miners ofte …"

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.

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 "Virginia":

"… plans are paid fairly for taking on that responsibility. Scott Weiner, a Virginia Medicare billing expert, said health plans that don’t bill aggressively …"

"… , said Brian Wise, chief executive officer of Advance Health in Chantilly, Virginia. “I know there is a lot of good happening. People who are in danger are …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ellen Malcolm":

"… ling include longtime Democratic fundraiser Jay Dunn, EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm, Democracy Alliance Chairman Rob McKay and Jonathan Mantz, who served as H …"

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.

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 "attorney general":

"… ages from HHV’s activities were more than $4.4 million, according to the attorney general’s complaint, and included the purchase of a Virginia condominium and $80 …"

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 "David Vitter":

"… fety Improvement Act, was the product of a compromise with Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. Introduced May 22, it won the endorsement of nine Senate Rep …"

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 "Adelson":

"… funding organizations," it states.     …"

"… , he quietly funded warfare on a decidedly apolitical enemy: cancer. Adelson and his wife personally fueled their little-known private foundation —&n …"

"… eir little-known private foundation — The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation — with about $4.3 million during 2011, accor …"

"… led with the Internal Revenue Service. The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation in turn disseminated most of the money to more …"

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

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 "Safety":

"… el, former director of health standards programs for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the vast majority of exposure limits enfor …"

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 "Cancer":

"… we are doing so at our own peril.”Jeanne Rizzo, president of the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based group that has pressed for more research into …"

"… he same time, Keith and Brophy convinced officials at the Windsor Regional Cancer Center to begin collecting work histories of Cancer patients. This led to …"

"… uto industry.The new study, funded by groups including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region, examined a population twice as large and featur …"

"… d them from becoming so ubiquitous in the environment.”The President’s Cancer Panel, an advisory committee in the United States attached to the National …"

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 "New York":

"… College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY in New York. “Means of communication, fundraising and also campaigning are becoming …"

"… ustrated how fluidly money moves across states.In the 2012 election cycle, New York billionaires George Soros and Michael Bloomberg and Chicago billionaire Ni …"

"… c LaVorgna said public health initiatives are a key issue for the mayor of New York and “he has always been willing to back up his support with contribution …"

"… didates and parties in Iowa have also received donations from residents of New York, Texas, Michigan, and a number of other states.According to the party, the …"

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 "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease, cancer and diabetes,” said David McQueen, a U.S. delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has since retired from the agency. “And we felt, the position we wer …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… its most extensive attack this election on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spending $1.8 million on a new television ad that’s part of a $3.2 mill …"

"… television ad that’s part of a $3.2 million initiative.The ad, called “Mitt Romney Would Turn Back the Clock on Women’s Health,” began airing in northern …"

"… of that.”Women “should be making our personal medical decisions —not Mitt Romney,” the narrator says as the clips of Romney are played in black and white …"

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

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "reform law":

"… s who will gather there that they need to start aggressively defending the reform law.Doctors for America is a bipartisan grassroots organization of 15,000 phys …"

"… he already has seen numerous benefits for his patients as a result of the reform law. He cited as an example seniors who come in for preventive care, now cover …"

"… America is to collect 5,000 signatures on a Declaration of Support for the reform law during their bus tour. You can follow the group’s travels on the Do …"

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