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A Big Gulp Ban on Oversized Sodas

A Big Gulp Ban on Oversized Sodas

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Sugar: New York City has proposed a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. More than half of adults in New York are overweight and experts think that sugar in drinks is responsible, in part, for the rising rate of obesity, reports Michael M. Grynbaum for the New York Times.

Health Reform: Oregon is radically shifting the way health care is provided, doing away with most fee-for-service payments and creating a single coordinated-care organization for each city. Unions and businesses alike are supporting the experiment, reports Kristian Foden-Vencil for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Menopause: Healthy post-menopausal women shouldn't use hormones to prevent bone fractures and heart disease the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended, because the health risks outweigh the benefits. This recommendation does not apply to women who use hormones to improve their quality of life, reports Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles Times.

Chagas Disease: Chagas, a relative of sleeping sickness, is spreading through the Americas. It is often impossible to cure, reports Donald G. McNeil Jr, for the New York Times.

Hypertension: Doctors are pioneering a drastic intervention for the treatment of high blood pressure, that burns away nerves around the kidneys, reports Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone for the AP. This story got a rare five-star rating from Health News Review.

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While banning large sugary drinks is a great public health story the flip side is when does the government turn into Big Brother? People determined to exercise their freedom to make their own health decisions, right or wrong, can just buy two smaller drinks instead of one larger drink. Like the so-called war on drugs it looks good on paper, but will it be mission accomplished? And who, if anyone, plans to accurately measure whether such a ban is effective?


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