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Weekly news round-up

Here are some things we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. D.C. residents can get tested for HIV as they wait for driver’s license (CNN.com) World of hurt: Minorities get less treatment for their pain (MSNBC) Better safe than sorry: Surgeons get help counting sponges (NPR) A drink…

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Would you like some rbGH with your cookies?

In a win for sustainable food advocates, last week the federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck down an Ohio law that banned milk producers from labeling their products as free of bovine growth hormones. The terms “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” or “artificial hormone free” can now safely appear the milk in Ohio…

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Medical dramas: Raising health awareness, or hypochondriacs?

Confession #1- every Thursday evening, I drop what I am doing and turn on the television to watch Grey’s Anatomy. Confession #2- if you told me you were traveling to the Amazon, I would definitely warn you about the Candiru fish (Season 3, Episode 21).  A new study shows that I may not be alone…

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Health claims: Helpful, harmful or neutral?

Food labels and product claims are more complicated than ever; who can consumers trust?Food and consumer product labels and claims continue to make the news. (You may remember labeling movie theatre popcorn or genetically modified Salmon.)  Two health claims stories from last week have our attention: mouthwash and pomegranate juice. First, the FDA issued warning…

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Mass Media

Weekly news round-up

Here are some things we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. AP Poll: Health care law making us muddle-minded (AP) Simplifying the decision for a prostrate screening (NYT) 9% of adults have depression, CDC says (Chicago Sun-Times) McDonald’s threatens to cut skimpy health plans (NPR) Clues to the…

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