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What do obesity and the common cold have in common?

What do obesity and the common cold have in common?

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Here's what we're reading and listening to today:

Achoo: A small but intriguing new study suggests that a common cold virus is linked to childhood obesity. In San Diego, KPBS' Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Health Insurance: Health reforms may be rolling out, with new provisions set to officially take effect Thursday, but major insurers like Aetna are raising rates while they can, up to 30 percent. California Healthline has a good summary here.

Poverty: Why do journalists largely ignore the poor? In the wake of new Census data showing poverty on the rise, HuffingtonPost political reporter Jason Linkins posts his previous interview with journalism professor and author Dale Maharidge on some possible reasons.

Bye-bye Soda?: Boston is considering removing sugary sodas and other sweetened drinks from its municipal buildings to improve the health of city workers and visitors, the Boston Globe's Stephen Smith reports. It's part of the city's efforts to combat obesity, aided by a $12.5 million federal stimulus grant. Is this happening in your community?  

Med Marketing: The Health Care Blog's Matthew Holt examines media coverage of one San Francisco plastic surgeon who has great reviews on the Internet despite a tainted record.

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