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 "Trade association":

"… the information and the letter was republished with this information.” Trade association or front group? The Calorie Control Council, established in 1966, isn’t …"

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 "United States":

"… he lowest dose is similar to amounts some people with private wells in the United States drink. The Center for Public Integrity recently exposed how lob …"

"… senic to which people are exposed. The current drinking-water limit in the United States is 10 parts per billion. “Although this is only one study, it adds to a …"

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 "Insurance":

"… ni, 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 had shown n …"

"… axpayers billions of dollars. A report commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans predicted in February that limiting home visits would shav …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… which operates in more than a dozen states and is owned by insurance giant Aetna. Within a week of the decision, the company freed up $133 million it had h …"

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 "Aetna":

"… his year at $6,350. And her Kaiser plan is still saving her money over the Aetna plan she had last year. Donna is just as much an advocate for a single-pa …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… while state officials checked to see if the applicants were eligible for Medicaid. Smith knew her income was too high to qualify for Medicaid, but she neve …"

"… eligible for Medicaid. Smith knew her income was too high to qualify for Medicaid, but she nevertheless had to fill out an extensive questionnaire and was p …"

"… active supporter of health care reform.   After she finally got the Medicaid denial she was expecting, Smith called Connect for Health Colorado — the …"

"… an employee to complete her application. “If people can get through the Medicaid process, I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised,” said Smith, who has …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… hours of work a week, according to the new filing. Records filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Burton was paid an additional $130,700 by Priorities USA Action …"

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 "Health":

"… rican Lung Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Labor Department, a paper published by the American Thor …"

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 "Congress":

"… to be some kind of trigger,” such as news reports, calls from members of Congress or referrals from employees of other divisions of the IRS, Owens said. Fr …"

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 "Natural Resources Defense Council":

"… uled it for a hearing. Meanwhile, prominent environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council have expressed misgivings. The bill “still leaves too many gaps in prot …"

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 "Environment":

"… r. Compiled by the congressionally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, the report notes that most cases of bre …"

"… together as a mixture, for effects on the mammary gland and breast …” Environmental exposures, moreover, have gotten relatively little attention from resear …"

"… re in close proximity to industry or waste sites.” Spokespeople for the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemistry Council, the chemical indus …"

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 "laser":

"… site. The commission staff noted that Medicare pays 90 percent more for a laser eye procedure done in a hospital outpatient department than in a doctor’ …"

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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… vate coverage. In fact, the opposite is true, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.  In 2010, the CBO estimated that Obamacare would actually reduce the …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ist for no other reason than to elect favored candidates — are spared by Internal Revenue Service and FEC rules from having to publicly reveal their donors.Crossroads GPS, …"

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 "Indiana":

"… om Missouri have given to political parties and campaigns in Tennessee and Indiana. Money from Vermont has flowed into Wisconsin, from Colorado into Pennsylv …"

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 "disease":

"… neys are failing, and no one knows why.A mysterious form of chronic kidney disease — CKD — is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural commu …"

"… er from diabetes and high blood pressure, the usual risk factors for renal disease. They experience a rare form of kidney damage, known as tubulo-interstitia …"

"… They experience a rare form of kidney damage, known as tubulo-interstitial disease, consistent with severe dehydration and toxic poisoning.Other common links …"

"… e used heavily, and communities drink local groundwater. In each case, the disease began surging in the 1990s.Despite a decade of research in each affected r …"

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 "Planned Parenthood":

"… er PAC NFP in Chicago and Extremely R Republicans in Kansas City, Mo.  …"

"… hio in the coming weeks, according to a press release.The ad buy comes via Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC that is allowed to accept contributions of unlimit …"

"… ibutions of unlimited size from individuals, unions and corporations. Planned Parenthood has also made campaign expenditures through its nonprofit, Planned Parenth …"

"… nned Parenthood has also made campaign expenditures through its nonprofit, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which is not required to reveal its donors, as well as a hand …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ch after speech telling us that Obamacare will “cut” $716 billion from Medicare and cost small businesses a bundle.In anticipation of these sorts of misre …"

"… seniors who come in for preventive care, now covered for the first time by Medicare, and young people who are able to stay on their parents’ policies until …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… USA Action that all but calls presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney responsible for a woman’s death from cancer.The response comes in the fo …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… rstands.” The minute-long ad takes aim at presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, condemning his actions when he was chairman and CEO of Bain Capital and l …"

"… as diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died 22 days later.“I don’t think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone,” he says. “And furthermore I do n …"

"… he’s done to anyone,” he says. “And furthermore I do not think that Mitt Romney is concerned.”Priorities USA Action reported spending almost $1.3 m …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "contraception":

"… sts, screening for depression or alcoholism, flu shots, hepatitis vaccine, contraception and pregnancy care. And insurers will no longer be able to exclude or char …"

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 "Jonathan Gruber":

"… majority of the uninsured and fix the broken market" for health care, said Jonathan Gruber, who helped craft both the state law and the federal law as an adviser to …"

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 "Insurance":

"… coverage. Others are covered through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. A relatively small number even had successfully obtained coverage …"

"… 2011 Summary of Findings.” 2011.Robertson, Lori. “FactChecking Health Insurance Premiums.” 24 Oct 2011.A Jump in Health Care Premiums. Ne …"

"… 09.Project Vote Smart. Transcript: Remarks by the President on Health Insurance Reform, University of Iowa Field House, Iowa City, Iowa. 25 Mar 2010.Proje …"