'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 "Bank of America":

"… use. As far as Young knew, she didn’t own anything. Four years earlier, Bank of America informed her it was foreclosing on her tiny yellow ranch-style house in Ja …"

"… and let someone put me out. I’ve never been evicted.” The problem is, Bank of America never followed through. Now, four years later, Young struggles to pay her …"

"… ial in April 2013 but sent notice to an attorney who no longer represented Bank of America. Because no one showed up in court, the judge dismissed the case. A year l …"

"… ral investigation. He said the company took proper care of the house. “Bank of America is committed to mitigating the potential for neighborhood blight created b …"

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 "Health":

"… out the importance of  “choice and competition” to consumers. “Health plans are committed to working with policymakers to make coverage more aff …"

"… 's most vulnerable populations,” Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a recent statement. Ignagni went on to make sever …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… Santorum, a devout Catholic and former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, turned out to support the campaign.“You have an oppor …"

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 "dialysis":

"… e Part D prescription drug program, skilled nursing facility, home health, dialysis, ambulance and ambulatory surgical center services, and durable medical eq …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… y of Denver. It was the first of three scheduled debates between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. It was carried live on nationa …"

"… gressional Budget Office. 10 Sep 2012.White House. “Remarks of President Barack Obama — As Prepared for Delivery. Address to Joint Session of Congress.” 24 …"

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 "India":

"… t his family. “If the disease continues, no one will be here.” …"

"… villagers of this remote agricultural belt in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. In some villages, the disease has impacted from 24 to 37 percent of the p …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… ent Linked to Farm Chemicals" from PRI's "The World."  …"

"… o decades, chronic kidney disease has been a mystery and death sentence in Sri Lanka, striking 15 percent of the residents of its north central region.This sum …"

"… ation announced in June that they identified a key cause of the disease in Sri Lanka: chronic exposure to arsenic and cadmium, likely consumed in food.Yet in a …"

"… tion: the extent fertilizers and pesticides contributed to the outbreak.In Sri Lanka’s lush northern farmlands, the mystery and the death sentences continue. …"

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 "Andhra Pradesh":

"… other sources put the number more than double that. In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, more than 1,500 have been treated for the ailment since 2007.“There’s …"

"… s than 100 miles, this stretch of villages near the northern border of the Andhra Pradesh state has been suffering for two decades from a mysterious strain of CKD.H …"

"… said Singh, of Harvard. Dr. Ravi Raju Tatapudi, a leading nephrologist in Andhra Pradesh and the other study director, said heavy metals and pesticides running off …"

"… iative called NefroLempa that targets chronic kidney disease, the state of Andhra Pradesh has created a health insurance system for the poor and built new dialysis …"

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 "Venezuela":

"… drive these nations toward dependence on oil imports from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. In 2007, then-Ambassador Paul Trivelli notified the U.S. State Departmen …"

"… rn that Nicaragua’s leftist president, Daniel Ortega, might be swayed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s opposition to biofuels. The following year, Tr …"

"… with the State Department about the political effects of oil imports from Venezuela, and sponsored a conference to promote biofuels. The World Bank, meanwhil …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… r some of the increased mortality. In the United States, overall deaths of dialysis patients increased 175% from 1990 to 2009, according to statistics from th …"

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 "Phil Gingrey":

"… half of Grigor and Hilda Sarkisyan, I would like to invite Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia to attend the 21st birthday celebration of the Sarkisyans’ on …"

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 "James N. Giordano":

"… n cases even earlier in the process, before a settlement is on the table. James N. Giordano, chief executive of Cambridge Management Group, a New Jersey lender, compa …"

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 "Texas":

"… s not mention Momenta Pharmaceuticals, was requested by Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the senior Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Barton …"

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 …"