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“Soda taxes may spread if voters check ballots in California, Colorado” plus 9 more Reuters: Health News

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“Soda taxes may spread if voters check ballots in California, Colorado” plus 9 more Reuters: Health News


Soda taxes may spread if voters check ballots in California, Colorado

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 10:12 PM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Americans vote for a new president on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of voters in California's Bay Area and Boulder, Colorado, will also decide whether they want levies on sugary drinks, another step toward making soda taxes a norm.

More U.S. middle school students dying of suicide than car crashes

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 10:14 PM PDT

(Reuters) - The suicide rate among U.S. middle school students doubled from 2007 to 2014, surpassing for the first time the incidence of youngsters aged 10 to 14 who died in car crashes, a federal report released on Thursday said.

Smoking a pack a day causes 150 mutations in every lung cell, research shows

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 02:57 PM PDT

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found that smoking a pack a day of cigarettes can cause 150 damaging changes to a smoker's lung cells each year.

Drugmakers under fire for possible U.S. price fixing

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:56 PM PDT

(Reuters) - Two prominent U.S. lawmakers on Thursday called on federal antitrust regulators to probe whether Sanofi SA, Eli Lilly and Co, Merck & Co Inc and Novo Nordisk A/S colluded to set prices for insulin and other diabetes drugs.

Exclusive: Tobacco treaty leaders propose barring delegates linked to state firms

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 08:43 AM PDT

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The leadership of a World Health Organization (WHO) treaty on tobacco control has proposed barring delegates with ties to state-owned tobacco firms from its conference next week, tightening its application of rules to shut out the industry from policy making.

U.N. chief Ban honored by Elton John AIDS Foundation

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 01:56 PM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been honored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation with its Founder's Award, which recognizes "extraordinary contributions to the global effort to end AIDS".

Stronger muscles may mean sharper minds for kids

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 01:39 PM PDT

(Reuters Health) - Making sure kids have good muscle fitness might also benefit their school performance, according to a recent U.S. study.

Weight loss surgery may reduce risk of developing gout

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 02:02 PM PDT

(Reuters Health) - Obese people who have weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass are much less likely than those who don't have surgery to develop gout, a painful type of arthritis, according to a Swedish study.

Study finds gene markers for drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 04:33 PM PDT

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered genetic markers in malaria parasites linked to resistance to the key anti-malarial medicine piperaquine, and say their work could help doctors and health officials monitor and limit the spread of such resistance.

Gua sha therapy may offer some relief in perimenopause

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 12:11 PM PDT

(Reuters Health) - A Chinese medicine technique using a smooth-edged instrument to scrape or rub certain areas of the body may relieve troublesome symptoms women experience in the years leading up to menopause, according to a new study.

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