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WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease (and much more)

Fact: Tobacco kills about 443,000 people each year in the US. Fact: 46 million US adults or 20.6% of the US population smokes cigarettes. Fact: Although the number of Americans who smoke has dropped over the last 40 years, this rate has reached a plateau in recent years. What is the FDA going to do about this?…

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Playing Tetris may reduce flashbacks

According to an article in Time, scientists at Oxford University have shown that playing Tetris can ward off flashbacks, a major aspect of posttraumatic stress disorder. In the first study, adults watched a film that contained traumatic content such as bloody surgery scenes. Such images have been found to produce mild flashbacks. Participants watched the…

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Weekly round-up

Here are some stories we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. FDA unveils new warning labels for cigarettes (NYT) Hyper-texting and hyper-networking pose new health risk for teens (Medical News Today) Kaiser poll finds healthcare overhaul law wasn’t driving election issue (WSJ) Respiratory disease atlas charts forgotten health…

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NYT article sparks cheesey debate and agnst toward USDA

Last week, New York Times reporter Michael Moss’ story “While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales,” sparked outrage over the contradictory actions supported by the U.S.D.A. The article revealed that Dairy Management, Inc., a marketing group created by the USDA, had been working with fast food chains, such as Domino’s, to increase cheese consumption…

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Fruits and veggies, never knew you could look so good

What you encounter when you walk into your local grocery store may soon change. Grocery stores are beginning to respond to consumers desires to have more healthy diets and are also finding that they can benefit from this. Brian Wansink, the co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs notes, “Grocery…

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