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Volume 38, No. 2

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Workers' Health Care Costs Rising

Published on November 19 2015
The runaway train of rising health-care costs has slowed, but you're forgiven if you haven't noticed: New research shows that employees are contributing a record amount toward their coverage, a trend that experts say is likely to continue as high-...

The "Natural" Misunderstanding

Published on May 5 2015
It isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word “natural.” During the past few years, some 200 class-action...

Pepsi Ditching Fake Sweetener

Published on May 5 2015
Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News reports: it's nixing the controversial low-calorie sweetener aspartame. In its place, Diet Pepsi will get its sweet jolt from a...

Vertical Farming a Reality?

Published on May 5 2015
For millennia, farming has relied on good weather, plenty of water, and a lack of crop-killing pests; anything other than that could result in a dearth of crops. As it turns out, farmers may no longer need access to dozens of acres of land or...

Coke, Pepsi and False Advertising

Published on May 5 2015
How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know. The U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit organization made up of a group of Americans who...

Rural Food Deserts

Published on May 5 2015
Tom Hunt couldn’t justify continuing seven-day work weeks in the central Illinois community of Pawnee without a return on his investment. Hunt’s Pawnee Food Center closed in late January after 18 years. He is one of at least three proprietors of...

How Flavor Drives Nutrition

Published on May 5 2015
For nearly a half century, America has been on a witch hunt to find the ingredient that is making us fat. In the 1980s, the culprit was fat itself. Next it was carbs. Today, sugar is the enemy—unless you’re caught up in the war on gluten. And none...

Obesity preventing implant

Published on January 22 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new device that uses electricity to control hunger pangs It’s the first new device for fighting obesity in nearly a decade and on Wednesday, it was FDA approved for Americans. Called VBLOC, the...

Doctors prescribe exercise

Published on January 22 2015
Patients are coming out of the doctor's office with prescriptions for physical activity in addition to drugs, doctor referrals and follow-up protocols. Doctors are working exercise counseling into office visits and calling exercise a "vital sign" to...

Healthy food at day care

Published on January 22 2015
The Obama administration is proposing new rules aimed at making food served at day-care centers healtheir that would ban on-site frying and quality tofu as a meat alternative.  The proposal, published by the Agriculture Department in the...

2015 exercise trends

Published on January 22 2015
Americans will continue to flock to indoor cycling, interval training, group fitness classes and other calorie-burning activities in 2015, but now hi-tech devices will monitor their every waking - and sleeping - hours, fitness experts say. Consumers...

Bone broth comeback

Published on January 22 2015
When Michelle Tam was growing up in Menlo Park, Calif., in the 1980s, her family sipped broth with dinner every single night. “We were full-on Cantonese,” Ms. Tam said, explaining that a light soup with herbs and perhaps a vegetable or two is an...

Inactivity worse than obesity

Published on January 22 2015
A short daily walk could literally save your life A brisk 20-minute walk a day may be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death by up to 30 percent, according to a new report published this week. In a study published by the American...

Zip code predicts health

Published on October 7 2014
In St. Louis, Missouri, Delmar Boulevard marks a sharp dividing line between the poor, predominately African American neighborhood to the north and a more affluent, largely white neighborhood to the south. Education and health also follow the “...

The food gap is widening

Published on October 7 2014
Nutritional disparities between America’s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to people who most need it. So says a large study just released from the Harvard School of Public Health that examined...

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