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How to accelerate declines in sugar consumption

February 26, 2015 | By

  To translate the recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines Recommendation to reduce sugar intake into practice, advocates might learn more by reading the business news than nutrition journals. Consider the following:   Coca Cola said its fourth quarter profit in 2014 fell 55% from the previous year based on reduced demand …

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Review: Killer Coke

February 12, 2015 | By

Re-posted from The American Interest Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore, W.W. Norton & Co, 2014, 432 pp., $27.95   Which Coca-Cola is the real “Real Thing”? Is it Citizen Coke, the responsible corporation that promotes local economic development and brings happiness and the American way …

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How Wealthy Individuals and Corporations Protect their Interests

January 22, 2015 | By

Two new reports shed light on how big corporations and the wealthy elites who control them use their riches to advance their policy agenda. A new report by Oxfam, Wealth: Having it All and Wanting More describes the increasing concentration of global wealth.   Richest 10 billionaires (ranked in 2013) …

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2014 Stories on Health Impact of Corporations-Part II

January 14, 2015 | By

Last week, I wrote about some of the 2014 news stories that revealed how the auto, pharmaceutical and alcohol industries had harmed health. In this post, I turn to some of the top stories in last year’s coverage of the other industries Corporations and Health Watch follows: food and beverages, …

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Roundup of 2014 Stories on Health Impact of Corporations

January 8, 2015 | By

For observers of how corporations find ways to profit at the expense of public health, the news coverage of 2014 provides a wealth of evidence. Here are three stories that caught my eye last year. Next week I’ll present stories about the food, firearms and tobacco industries, the other sectors …

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Exposed: Decades of Denial on Poisons

December 12, 2014 | By

Last week, The Center for Public Integrity announced that it was joining with Columbia University and City University of New York to make public some 20,000 pages of benzene documents — the inaugural collection in Exposed: Decades of denial on poisons, an archive of previously secret oil and chemical industry …

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The rise of electronic cigarettes and their impact on public health

November 20, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from OUP Blog Oxford Dictionaries has selected vape as Word of the Year 2014 and I wrote the following commentary for the OUP Blog. A new report from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that use of e-cigarettes among high schools students has tripled in two …

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