Funds can carry clout

Health-related nonprofits that receive money from corporations risk losing independence and credibility, a new report says.

Companies often can turn nonprofit opponents into allies by making a grant, says the study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

After Coca-Cola gave $1 million to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, for example, the nonprofit downplayed its previous assessment that sugary drinks lead to dental disease, the study says.

It details similar cases involving university research centers, the American Dietetic Association and the Society for Women’s Health Research.

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