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Nestlé Aims To Put Less Sugar And Candy Bars In The Same Sentence

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 16:03

Nestle has launched a new candy bar with 30 percent less sugar than its current counterparts. The move is the latest in a pressured industry to cut down on consumers' sugar intake. 

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Drug Wars - Companies Fight Patents In Court With A Fortune At Stake

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 11:03

Dan Berger, Ph.D. is a former colleague of mine from Wyeth. When Wyeth went away so did we, albeit in different directions. Dan became a patent agent - a very specialized field in which a very high-stakes game is played - invalidation of drug company patents by other companies, usually generic manufacturers. This makes him uniquely qualified to explain the nuances in patents that can result in billions of dollars going to one company rather than another.

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Cholera in Canada, Eh?

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 09:03

Four people have cholera in British Columbia - something that has never happened before in that area - creating quite a mystery as to how this could have happened.

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'Attn:' Video Spreads Lies About Processed Food in America, Europe

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 01:03

A viral video by "Attn:" is spreading lies about food processing in the United States and Europe. Don't fall for it.

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Easter Candy A Meta-Analysis

ACSH - Mar 27 2018 - 20:03

It is Easter, and all of our thoughts turn to candy as we spend roughly $28 a person or about 2.1 billion dollars. In keeping with our mandate to promote science and health, I thought I would share the typical numbers found in the lay press in a more ‘scientific’ format.

Introduction

While we “know” with our minds that candy is not necessarily nutritious, we use our wallets to purchase candy for Easter. We undertook a meta-analysis of various online sources to quantify this behavior.

Methods

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Losing Sleep Makes it Harder to Lose Fat

ACSH - Mar 27 2018 - 07:03

Of course, everyone knows that cutting back on calories is a key component to losing weight. But do you know what else plays an important role in the ability to slim down?

Sleep.

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Hippie Porridge: How Organic Foodies Killed the Magical Quinoa

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 20:03

As every educated foodie knows, one of the world's best superfoods is quinoa. The only problem is that there's no such thing as a superfood, and there's nothing particularly unique about quinoa.

"Superfoods" are supposedly extremely healthy foods, and everyone from Dr. Oz to "Crazy Joe" Mercola has written articles about which ones you should be eating. That's a gigantic red flag. If snake oil salesmen are trying to make money by telling you which vegetables are especially magical, then the odds are that they are pushing hype rather than science.

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Top 5 Lessons I Learned As A Grant Reviewer for Komen

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 17:03

I had the distinct pleasure of being a reviewer for the 2018-2019 Community Grants program for Komen this Fall. This is what I learned.

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