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Menu Labeling Veto a "Giant, Greasy Stain" on Schwarzenegger Health Record

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Menu Labeling Veto a "Giant, Greasy Stain" on Schwarzenegger Health Record

By giving into lobbying by McDonald’s, Burger King, and other big restaurant chains, Governor Schwarzenegger has turned his back on the vast majority of Californians who want to know what they’re eating at chain restaurants. The menu labeling bill could have helped Californians avoid obesity, heart disease, and many other deadly diet-related diseases, all of which account for more and more of the state’s health dollars.


By CSPI, USA.


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Philadelphia Council Urged Not to Open Trans Fat Loophole

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Philadelphia Council Urged Not to Open Trans Fat Loophole

The Philadelphia City Council did exactly the right thing in February when it unanimously voted to phase out the use of artificial trans fat in restaurants, and health advocates say it should not open a new loophole for baked goods. On Tuesday the council will hold a hearing on a proposal advanced by operators of several bakeries, which would give them a special exemption to continue to use partially hydrogenated oil in cakes, pastries, and other foods. But according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, this is one squeaky wheel that shouldn’t get the (ahem) grease..


By CSPI, USA.


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Brown Researchers Make Major Signal Transduction Discovery

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Brown Researchers Make Major Signal Transduction Discovery

Bone-forming cells grow faster and produce more calcium on anodized titanium covered in carbon nanotubes compared with plain anodized titanium and the non-anodized version currently used in orthopaedic implants, new Brown University research shows. The work, published in Nanotechnology, uncovers a new material that can be used to make more successful implants. The research also shows tantalizing promise for an all-new device: a “smart” implant that can sense and report on bone growth.


By Brown University, USA.


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Omega-3 Madness: Fish Oil or Snake Oil

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Omega-3 Madness: Fish Oil or Snake Oil

WASHINGTON—Omega-3 claims are popping up in everything from cereal to mayonnaise, but are those foods the panacea that marketers would have you believe? According to the cover story in the October issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter, certain omega-3s may reduce the risk of heart disease and might even help protect against cancer, Alzheimer’s, and vision problems. But many foods making claims have little or none of those omega-3s, and labels don’t have to reveal how much or which omega-3 fat the foods contain.


By CSPI,USA.


Health Policy Resource.