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 "Saccharin":

"… her 2010 book “Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda.” The ban on Saccharin was never implemented, and the food 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 "BuzzFeed":

"… asey said.   A spokesperson for Johns Hopkins issued a statement to BuzzFeed: "Johns Hopkins commends the Subcommittee for its efforts to review the fe …"

"… mby, a former reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, now works for BuzzFeed. …"

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 "Environment":

"… rs in history. Extrapolating from those studies, scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have tentatively concluded that arsenic is a serious p …"

"… pears to be safe,” Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, said in a statement …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… posal to restrict these visits. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington refused numerous requests for comment and declined …"

"… driving up Medicare’s costs. In February 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials proposed flagging diagnoses written up from a home visi …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… estors they could be ordered to cough up significant refunds, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Humana reported to the SEC in November that “certain” of its …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… n with a higher premium would likely have been better deal than the silver Kaiser Permanente plan she opted for and that seemed to be more affordable. To make shoppin …"

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 "GPS":

"… where both the American Crossroads super PAC and the nonprofit Crossroads GPS have publicly taken to the airwaves, Priorities USA remained largely behin …"

"… groups were dwarfed by the $325 million American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS raised during the 2012 election cycle. Priorities USA Action's top donors …"

"… mpaign Legal Center have argued that Priorities USA, as well as Crossroads GPS, are abusing their tax-exempt status by keeping their donors secret while …"

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 "Paul Wheeler":

"… s, but the leader and most productive reader for decades has been Dr. Paul Wheeler, 78, a slight man with a full head of gray hair and strong opinions. In t …"

"… s “Steve” — longtime miner, father of three, Vietnam veteran. To Dr. Paul Wheeler, from his vantage 400 miles away, he was “Michael S. Day Sr.,” 58, ano …"

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 "Iraq":

"… r four years, as increasing numbers of veterans returned home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a charity called Disabled Veterans Services of Pompano Be …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… te sites.” Spokespeople for the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association, did not respond to requ …"

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 "Eric Holder":

"… over the past decade. Top government officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, have since threatened possible criminal prosecution for doctors and hospi …"

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… ,  market-based,  multi-payer system now dominated by for-profit insurance corporations.  That is not my favorite part of the law. But if you th …"

"… porations.  That is not my favorite part of the law. But if you think insurance companies contribute value to our system, you should know that Obamacare g …"

"… not sustainable. Without a requirement that we all buy coverage from them, insurance companies will be able to grow only by taking market share away from each …"

"… ill do:·         It will prohibit insurance companies from refusing to sell coverage to people simply because they hav …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… per PACs were generally backed by super donors. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his family, for example, gave $54 million to Republican super PACs as …"

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 "Vermont":

"… en to political parties and campaigns in Tennessee and Indiana. Money from Vermont has flowed into Wisconsin, from Colorado into Pennsylvania, from Massachus …"

"… from California, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The data do not include so-called “dark money” contributions to 501(c …"

"… .The list of top donors to state campaigns and causes in Massachusetts and Vermont would be different from the list of top donors in those states to federal …"

"… etson, who together with his wife and daughter is the heaviest donors from Vermont this political cycle, said his personal friendships often motivate his don …"

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 "Food":

"… ltinationals and international companies, they follow all the WHO and FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] guidelines,” said Rohitha Nanayakkara, sec …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia":

"… atients Over Politics Bus Tour," which will make stops in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C. and several other cities between Tampa and Charlotte, will feature p …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "co-chairman":

"… nd neighbors have access to care," said Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat and co-chairman of Obama's re-election committee.Another reason the law remains popular ma …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d avoid a controversial test for prostate cancer that was the subject of a Center for Public Integrity investigation last fall.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force adv …"

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

By Wendell Potter

Tea Party slogans distort the Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… are Act is closing the despised and even deadly “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug program, which was designed in 2003 largely by lobbyists …"

"… its than helping seniors stay alive. The way the law was cobbled together, Medicare beneficiaries get prescription drug coverage only up to a certain amount. …"

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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