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Leading the Way? Northern California Cities To Embark On Soda Tax Spending

Leading the Way? Northern California Cities To Embark On Soda Tax Spending

By Ana B. Ibarra Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland’s buzzing Chinatown, sees about 6,000 dental patients a year. Hundreds of others are on a…

When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who…

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence Or Gamble With Their Lives?

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence Or Gamble With Their Lives?

By Aaron Moselle, WHYY Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she’s spent the last year and a…

Why requiring low-nicotine cigarettes is still ill-advised

Why requiring low-nicotine cigarettes is still ill-advised

Lynn T. Kozlowski, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Global policymakers will soon consider a policy of requiring that only reduced-nicotine cigarettes can be manufactured or…

Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Columbia University Medical Center Seasonal influenza is a major global health concern. Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in three to five million cases of severe illness, and…

Ten myths about smoking that will not die

Ten myths about smoking that will not die

Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Across forty years I’ve come to recognise many factoid-driven myths about smoking that just won’t die. If I asked for a dollar…

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

By April Dembosky, KQED Each time over the past decade or so that New York state increased its tobacco tax — now at $4.35 per pack of cigarettes — calls to…

The Ads Say ‘Get Your Flu Shot Today,’ But It May Be Wiser To Wait

The Ads Say ‘Get Your Flu Shot Today,’ But It May Be Wiser To Wait

By Julie Appleby The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping…

Could FDA e-cigarette regulations help more people quit smoking?

Could FDA e-cigarette regulations help more people quit smoking?

Michael P. Eriksen, Georgia State University E-cigarettes are smoking hot. They are the most popular nicotine-delivery products used by kids and the majority of adult smokers have tried…

Why you should dispense with antibacterial soaps

Why you should dispense with antibacterial soaps

Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University and Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps…

Is nicotine really as safe as e-cigarette supporters make out?

Is nicotine really as safe as e-cigarette supporters make out?

Simon Chapman, University of Sydney A core platform of the massive promotion of e-cigarettes has been the argument that because these products involve no combustion but only vaporization, they…