'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett

Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… year. When they moved out, she was unable to find another tenant. CitiMortgage filed a foreclosure action in July 2009. In February, 2010, Mainor s …"

"… y, 2010, Mainor sent a three-page handwritten “hardship letter” to CitiMortgage asking for a deed in lieu of foreclosure as she was unable to fix up the p …"

"… safe and comfortable environment for my grandchildren,” she wrote to CitiMortgage. “Being able to qualify for a deed in lieu will alleviate some of the di …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

Insurers, drug companies get what they want from Congress; the public, not so much

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… ys long-proposed price restraints on a class of drugs used to treat kidney dialysis patients. That paragraph allows Amgen to sell one of its high-priced drugs …"

Right-wing groups attempt to dislodge justices in Florida, Iowa

By Chris Young

Supreme court justices in two states are under siege from groups that oppose their rulings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… side spending groups have taken to the airwaves in an attempt to kick four Supreme Court justices off the bench in Iowa and Florida for taking positions the groups …"

"… tours.Eighteen states, including Iowa and Florida, require their appointed Supreme Court justices to periodically face voters in what are known as “merit retenti …"

"… elections accounted for about 1 percent of campaign spending on all state Supreme Court elections, according to Justice at Stake, a Washington, D.C.-based group c …"

"… ions.In 2010, conservatives waged a successful campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted the previous year to legalize gay marriage. Spending on …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eugene Kiely":

"… savings than described here for these provisions.”– by Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben FinleySourcesRomne …"

"… s Impossible Tax Promise.” FactCheck.org. 3 Aug 2012.Robertson, Lori and Eugene Kiely. “Romney’s Economic Exaggerations.” FactCheck.org. 14 Sep 2012.Burea …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eugene Kiely":

"… savings than described here for these provisions.”– by Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben FinleySourcesRomne …"

"… s Impossible Tax Promise.” FactCheck.org. 3 Aug 2012.Robertson, Lori and Eugene Kiely. “Romney’s Economic Exaggerations.” FactCheck.org. 14 Sep 2012.Burea …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… cines to relieve the disease’s symptoms, but the family could not afford dialysis. Prameela said the cost of the treatment her husband did receive was more …"

"… A statewide health insurance program for the poor now covers the costs of dialysis. State-of-the-art dialysis centers have been established in several cities …"

"… ce program for the poor now covers the costs of dialysis. State-of-the-art dialysis centers have been established in several cities through a public-private i …"

"… irector of medical education.But almost all of the area’s nephrology and dialysis services are in Vizag. The costs of travel and of medicines that are not c …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… piecemeal is not the solution for the problem,” said Dr. Shanthi Mendis, Coordinator and Senior Adviser of the WHO non-communicable disease program and th …"

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 "Coordinator":

"… h the food chain. “It’s not a mystery,” said Dr. Shanthi Mendis, the Coordinator and Senior Adviser of the WHO non-communicable disease program and the lea …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Leon in Nicaragua":

"… oyees or records. Aurora Aragon, an occupational health specialist at the University of Leon in Nicaragua, said that in 2004 researchers from an international NGO called SALTRA ask …"

Methodology

A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Enrique Perez-Flores":

"… proach, we applied the same formula to the newer data.Two WHO doctors, Dr. Enrique Perez-Flores and Dr. Mario Melendez Montano, helped shape our analysis of these data. B …"

Super Congress hauls in super donations as special interests try to influence budget cuts

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Gang of 12 tasked with cutting budget by $1.5 trillion hauls in big PAC donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… ciation of the construction industry — $10,000Fresenius Medical, a major dialysis provider— $10,000A mix of health and pharmaceutical companies made up at …"

"… to influence the Super Committee members. Fresenius is one of the largest dialysis providers in the world, operating over 1,800 clinics in the U.S. alone.Wit …"

"… 0 clinics in the U.S. alone.With the number of Medicare patients receiving dialysis (and, accordingly, the Medicare expenses for renal disease treatment) goin …"

"… hould the Super Committee propose changes to Medicare, Fresenius and other dialysis companies could see a major impact to their bottom lines.In the six weeks …"

ANALYSIS: Death panels real and imagined

By Wendell Potter

Congressmen like Phil Gingrey continue to scare foks with talk of death panels, while insurers make real life or death decisions

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… a bunch of bureaucrats decide whether you get care, such as continuing on dialysis or cancer chemotherapy, I guarantee you when you withdraw that the patient …"

VA medical centers in hot water for failing to follow sterilization training

By Laurel Adams

GAO says some VA medical centers aren't following strict sanitation guidelines for reusable medical equipment

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… cal centers. The staff at one medical center ordered the wrong piece for a dialysis machine, which caused blood to pass into the machine incorrectly, and pote …"

Lawsuit loans add new risk for the injured

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman

The business of lending to plaintiffs has blossomed over the past decade, part of a growing trend in which banks and hedge funds seeking unt

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… y had run through their savings. Long was legally blind and needed regular dialysis. His wife, Deborah, had left work to care for him. They borrowed $3,000 in …"

Dispute in Pennsylvania town highlights EPA's coal ash dilemma

By Amy Biegelsen

It was a windy Friday morning last December when Gary Kuklish stepped out of the post office in the tiny coal town of LaBelle, PA, looked do

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… er. Smith is going in for a kidney biopsy this month and her husband is on dialysis. She worries their health problems come from the coal ash that covers her …"

FDA criticized for accepting free help from company that later won generic OK

By Laurel Adams

The Food and Drug Administration last month issued guidelines for agency staff to follow when drugmakers offer free help during emergencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… hinning drug used by millions of patients, especially before surgeries and dialysis, and for treating blood-clotting conditions.In early 2008, some patients u …"

Kilpatrick not happy with for-profit earmark ban

By Nick Schwellenbach

Remember the March announcement by House Democrats banning earmarks aimed at for-profit entities? Not every Democrat seems to be entirely ha

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ backlog in assessing kidney dialysis facilities in rural areas, according to Kilpatrick’s website.DaVita is K …"