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AMA Supports Fat Taxes, Large Soda Bans

September 22, 2012 No Comments » ABC News

Taxing or limiting the serving sizes of high calorie junk food may sound like the perfect weapon in the war against obesity, but it seems to have backfired in at least one instance. 

 

Last week, the Danish government announced plans to scrap the tax it instituted just last year on foods high in saturated fats. The reason for the decision: Businesses are bleeding jobs and profits because Danes are crossing the German border to buy their sinful snacks more cheaply.

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Weight and Taste Are Linked, Study Says

The secret to avoiding weight gain may be residing on the top of your tongue. According to a new German study, obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more.

 

 

This isn’t the first study to look at the connection between taste ability and weight. Previous research has suggested that people with a heightened sensitivity to the various taste sensations tend to eat less, possibly because they get more flavor in every bite, while people who overindulge simply may not taste food as keenly as others do….

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New Study Highlights Dangers Of Over-medicating Seniors

Approximately one in five prescriptions written for elderly patients were inappropriate. Common drugs classed to treat allergies, depression and pain were among the most overprescribed, and also the ones most likely to produce adverse reactions.

 

 

My father was a great doctor, a fine magician and a mean saxophone player. But around the time he turned 77 years old, he started slurring his words and spending long periods of time sitting and staring into space…

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Hot Car Hazard: Parent Forgetfulness Can Be Deadly

In the first week of August alone, eight children across the United States died from heatstroke in hot vehicles.

One hot summer day, Brandi Koskie strapped her 2-week old daughter Paisley into her rear-facing car seat and drove off to run some errands. As her daughter slept peacefully… Read the rest of this article here »

NYC Proposed Soda Ban Gets People Fizzing

Are large sugary drinks a health risk or a civil rights concern? 

 

That’s the debate set off by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to restrict the sale of sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages to 16 ounces or less. Advocates on both sides of the issue faced off at a public hearing Tuesday in Queens… Read the rest of this article here »

 

Reflecting on Arthritis Pain

Does the mirror hold the key to managing arthritis pain? 

Many of the 50 million Americans with arthritis suffer from debilitating joint pain, often for years. Now a therapy originally developed to ease the pain caused by limbs that have been lost offers them some hope of relief. … Read the rest of this article here »

High Fructose Corn Syrup Debate Gets Sticky

Does the super-sweet food additive make a unique contribution to the obesity epidemic?  

When you get a bunch of nutrition eggheads in a room they sometimes fight about eggs. At April’s Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, they fought about sugar. Specifically, the type known as high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS for short…

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Health $care: How much will you pay for health care?

Welcome to the American health care system. If you’re looking to sail off on a Kafkaesque journey, you’ve come to the right place.

 I am sitting in the radiology department reception area at Mt. Sinai Hospital waiting for my name to be called. Two weeks ago, my doctor ordered a CT scan to explore some back pain she assumed would turn out to be an ovarian cyst or a stress fracture. Instead, it turned up….

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