Study says e-cigarette ads target youth

General Health
USA Today reports that “as the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors,” research published online in Pediatrics “shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults.” (more…)
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Experts warn about dietary supplement scam artists

General Health
Newsday profiles the $30 billion dietary supplement industry, which has “long been held in high esteem by the American public.” Despite “its loyal consumer base,” officials warns that the industry attracts “unscrupulous operators, ex-cons and scammers who push questionable products into the marketplace.” (more…)
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CDC warns people to get measles vaccine in light of record number of cases

General Health
Coverage of the CDC report of 288 confirmed cases of measles in the US this year received almost universal coverage with nearly all sources quoting the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat urging people to get vaccinated. ABC World News reported, “An old enemy is back: the CDC has issued an urgent new warning about measles,” adding, “remember, this is a virus that can take lives.” (more…)
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Can cynicism cause brain disease?

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The CBS News website reports that according to a study published in the journal Neurology, “mistrust of other people may put you at a higher risk for dementia.” The study examined “the impact cynicism may have on long-term cognitive health.” (more…)
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Report: obesity rates climbing in world’s most developed countries

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The New York Daily News reports that according to a report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the rates of obesity appear to be “climbing across the world’s most developed countries, including Australia, France, Mexico and Switzerland,” whereas “the rates remained stable in other developed nations like the US, Canada, Italy and Korea.” (more…)
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Report: USA leads the world in obesity

General Health
USA Today reports that according to a report published in The Lancet and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “the USA handily leads the world in obesity, with 87 million of the world’s 671 million obese people – 13% of the total for a country with 5% of the population.” (more…)
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Eco-Atkins diet credited with lowering risk of heart disease

General Health
FOX News reports that a study published in BMJ Open based on 39 overweight patients, men and women, over the period April 2005 to November 2006, found that patients on “a low-carb, vegan diet – referred to as the ‘Eco-Atkins’ diet” lost more weight (four pounds on average) and “had 10 percent lower cholesterol” than those on “a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.” (more…)
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