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Although many Americans may fear cancer more, heart disease is actually the leading cause of death in the United States. In an era of pacemakers and artificial hearts, cardiovascular ailments remain a leading cause of disability, with more than 81 million Americans living with some form of the disease in 2006, according to the American Heart Association. Updated February 2010

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Thomas Sullivan founded Rockpointe Corporation, a medical education company in 1995. Since then, the company has had success creating continuing medical education materials with funding from big drug company clients and nonprofit groups such as the American Heart Association. On his blog, Sullivan and Dr.

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In December, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Mitchell A. Leon, the president of DesignWrite Inc., the company that has now become Exhibit A in the unfolding ghostwriting scandal that has medical journal editors everywhere combing through their submissions looking for fakes.

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Dr. Roberta G. Williams is a specialist in pediatric cardiology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Previously, she was the chair of pediatrics at the Keck school and vice president of pediatrics and academic affairs at Childrens Hospital. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care service at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Cathy Kapica is a senior vice president in the Global Health & Wellness practice at Ketchum. She is one of the bloggers at Lazy Cook Crazy Cook. Previously, she was the global director of nutrition for the McDonald's Corp., where she led the nutrition effort for McDonald's worldwide. She worked closely with a multidisciplinary team on menu management, product development, supply chain, marketing and communications to promote balanced, active lifestyles in the 118 countries where McDonald's restaurants serve over 50 million customers every day. As a nutrition scientist with a doctorate in public health, she has had a distinguished career in nutrition and health promotion.

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Journalists have to ask hard questions about where sources get their money – and about the science they are promoting. Following the money trail can be daunting. But journalists and whistleblowers are doing just that and uncovering important connections. Here's what to look for.

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