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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Most obese states; no more tears and codeine safety for kids

Study: Mississippi Most Obese State, Colorado SlimmestHold the Mississippi mud pie. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out this week showing nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very overweight in 2011, putting the state at the top of the list for obesity.  Unfortunately, the South did not fare well in the study. The three heaviest states after Mississippi were: ...

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The consumer health week in review: Board approves soda ban; Vitamin D, calcium not advised for postmenopausal women; Chong has prostate cancer; Americans more stressed than ever

Board approves Bloomberg’s ban on sodasOn Tuesday, members of New York City’s Board of Health approved Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed plan to ban all sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces throughout the city’s restaurants, street carts and stadiums. The board, an 11-member panel appointed by the mayor, has responsibilities that include the control of chronic disease and food service establ ...

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The consumer health week in review: Med device tax; Sheryl Crow reveals brain tumor diagnosis; CT scans and kids; Disney on a diet

House votes on medical device bill The House voted on a bill this week, proposed by Minnesota Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen, which would eliminate a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The tax was included in President Obama’s health-reform legislation and is set to go into effect next year. Device manufacturers are anxious to kill the tax before it is initiated. According to the Associat ...

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