Morning CheckUp: April 27, 2012

Democrats slam ‘biased and partisan’ report: “House Democrats on Thursday accused Republicans of cherry-picking and distorting information to produce a “fundamentally misleading” report about President Obama’s healthcare law.” [The Hill]

Sebelius signals ‘doom’ if healthcare funds cut for student loan benefit: “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hit back Thursday at a GOP plan to extend a student loan benefit with money designated for the 2010 healthcare reform law, saying that cuts to preventive care will “doom” future generations. “We can educate our kids and invest in healthcare at the same time,” she said in committee. [The Hill]

Radical anti-abortion bill defeated: “A Mississippi Senate chairman on Thursday killed a bill that could have led to a homicide criminal prosecution for anyone performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is found.” [The Republic]

D.C. infant mortality rate at historic low: “The District’s infant mortality rate, long among the highest in the country, has fallen to a historic low because pregnant women are smoking less, fewer teenagers are having babies and women have better access to prenatal care, according to a Health Department report to be released Thursday.” [Washington Post]

Cancer survivors urged to eat better, exercise: “A cancer diagnosis often inspires people to exercise and eat healthier. Now the experts say there’s strong evidence that both habits may help prevent the disease from coming back. New guidelines issued Thursday by the American Cancer Society urge doctors to talk to their cancer patients about eating right, exercising and slimming down if they’re too heavy.” [AP]

Mental health report shows 11 million with serious illness: ‘Just under five percent of U.S. adults, or 11 million people, had a serious mental illness in 2009, US mental health officials report in the latest update. And 34,000 Americans committed suicide linked to mental illness.” [National Journal]