Soda sales in US decline at faster pace

Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago. U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest, an industry tracker. That represents a steeper drop than the […]

Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. It went horribly wrong. The 28-year-old died Feb. 20 from what the doctor told her family was a massive pulmonary embolism […]

Colon cancer rates down since 1980s

Colon cancer, which was once the most common cause of cancer death in America, has been on a steady decline for decades, according to a new study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In 1985, there were an estimated 66.3 cases of colon cancer for every 100,000 adults in the United States. By 2010 […]

Washington, D.C., city council passes pot decriminalization vote

A measure decriminalizing marijuana in the U.S. capital got final approval from Washington’s city council on Tuesday, a move that would make smoking pot a violation comparable to a parking ticket. The bill, which passed the second of two votes with the support of 10 of the 13 city councilors, will now go to the […]

Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug

Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV. The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection in two studies reported at […]

Michelle Obama unveils new US food label plan

Calories in bold print, added sugar amounts and realistic serving sizes may soon be portrayed on food labels aimed at fighting America’s obesity epidemic, First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday. No more would a serving of ice cream be described as a half cup, or a single packaged muffin be labeled as two servings, according […]

Obese kids may face higher risk of bad elbow breaks

Complicated elbow fractures could be added to a growing list of heightened health risks for obese children, according to a recent analysis. Obese kids were nine times more likely to suffer an elbow fracture with multiple fracture lines in the same arm, or with the bone exposed through the skin, compared to normal-weight children, researchers […]

Extra weight may add to elderly fall risk

For Australians over age 65 included in a new study, being obese raised the risk of experiencing a fall by 31 percent. “Falls are one of the most common causes of injury for older individuals and as the world population ages, the number of fall-related injuries are projected to increase rapidly,” said lead author Rebecca […]

Older kids can teach younger peers to be healthy

Elementary school children who took part in a healthy living program with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed improvements in self-esteem, according to a new Canadian study. In the so-called Healthy Buddies program, students learn about healthy foods, physical activity and positive body image from older kids, rather than adult teachers or coaches. […]

E-Cigarettes: A $1.5 billion industry braces for FDA regulation

The first time J. Andries Verleur tried an e-cigarette in 2008, he burned his lip and accidentally inhaled the nicotine fluid. “It was one of the worst products I ever tried,” he recalls, “but the idea was amazing.” Verleur, a heavy smoker, was living in Prague and happened to spot the strange new product in […]