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Soda industry: Vending machines will show calories
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As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips. The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink. More

Related: Chicago opts for wellness competition over soda tax (Chicago Tribune)

Water exercise boosts endurance in COPD
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Water workouts may trump land-based exercise for people with chronic lung disease and other health problems, according to a small study. Australian researchers found that exercising in a pool boosted physical endurance and energy levels in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and physical complaints such as obesity or back pain. More

Study: Keep heart healthy by eating apples daily
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Published in the Journal of Functional Foods, the research found that healthy, middle-aged adults who ate one apple every day for four weeks succeeded in lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol by 40 percent — a substance which has been linked to the hardening of the arteries. More

 Diet & Nutrition

More evidence commercial weight loss plans can work
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People who take part in a commercial weight-loss program may indeed shed some pounds — especially if they substantially cut calories, a new study finds. Worldwide, around 1.5 billion adults are overweight and another half billion are obese. In the United States, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. That's a huge market for commercial weight-loss programs, but few studies have looked at whether they really work. More

Tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk
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Tomatoes are linked to a decreased risk of stroke in men, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal Neurology, involved more than 1,000 Finnish men between 46 and 65 who never had a stroke before. More

Mediterranean dieters kept weight off for 6 years
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Moderately obese people who ate the Mediterranean diet lost more weight than groups of people who followed either a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet, researchers reported. The Mediterranean group weighed almost seven pounds less than they weighed six years earlier. More

 Vitamins & Pharmaceuticals

Meningitis puts spotlight on compound medicines
The Tennessean via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A fungal meningitis outbreak centered on Nashville, Tenn., has renewed debate over who should regulate specialty pharmacies that compound medicines. While they fall under the purview of state pharmacy boards, critics contend those state agencies are often too understaffed and underfunded to adequately monitor such facilities. They want the Food and Drug Administration to take a greater regulatory role. More

CDC targets holdout health workers on flu shots
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All healthcare workers should receive the influenza vaccine for the upcoming flu season, not just the roughly two-thirds of them that did so during the previous season, federal health officials recommended. Still, physicians, nurses and other health workers do better on flu vaccination rates than the entire U.S. public, nearly all of whom are urged to receive the shots but fewer than half of whom actually do. More

Report: Some dietary supplements illegally labeled
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Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended type of scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry. More

 Research & Development

Medicaid's high marks on preventive care contrary to its stingy image
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A new study indicates that most state Medicaid programs are doing an above-average job of covering needed preventive services for beneficiaries. In surveying 48 states, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured found most state Medicaid programs covered the bulk of 42 recommended services for nonelderly adults through fee for service, particularly for cancer and sexually transmitted infection screenings as well as pregnancy care. More

Task force seeks breakthrough in developing antibacterial drugs
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Due to drug shortages and a lack of new antibiotics, physicians increasingly go back to drugs that were shelved decades ago because of high levels of toxicity. As resistance develops to those medications, the last resort often is combining antibiotics. Among the latest efforts to remedy the antibiotic problem is the Food and Drug Administration's Antibacterial Drug Development Task Force. More

Many heart attack patients don't refill their meds
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Older people who've suffered a heart attack often don't stick with the drugs their doctor prescribes, although the medications have been proven to save lives, according to a study. Seniors filled prescriptions for the clot-buster drug clopidogrel less than half the time on average, for instance. And the less diligent they were at getting their meds, the more likely they were to have health problems and die early, researchers said. More

Fewer HIV funds for women, youth in big cities
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The federal government is providing fewer safety-net funds for women and children living with HIV/AIDS in many large cities with high infection rates. At the same time, 19 other cities are for the first time receiving funds to help this population, according to federal data. More

"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease makes it hard to breath. Most who suffer from COPD smoke, used to smoke or may have experienced long-term exposure to other lung irritants, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute."


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