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How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

April 8, 2015 | By

  A new study posted on the Social Sciences Research Network by James W. Coleman at the University of Calgary in Canada compares the statements that oil companies make to regulators and to investors. The abstract is below.   When companies face adverse proposed rules, they may want to convince …

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Beyond Apologies: An Interview with Debra Efroymson

April 2, 2015 | By ,

Debra Efroymson is Regional Director for HealthBridge, a global nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations and to develop new solutions to preventing and reducing the inequitable distribution of noncommunicable diseases. Based in Bangladesh, she has written about livable cities, tobacco control and NCD prevention. Her new …

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Trans Pacific Partnership Leak shows how corporations can sue governments

April 2, 2015 | By

The recent leak of a secret chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) is getting many people on both the left and the right upset. In this interview from the Washington Post, Rachel Wellhausen, at the University of Texas explains how the ISDS works.

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Advertising Happy Meals to Children—An Interview with Jim Sargent

March 12, 2015

Earlier this month, PLOS One published “Children’s Recall of Fast Food Television Advertising—Testing the Adequacy of Food Marketing Regulation”, a report on a study that examined what children recall from fast food television advertisements aired by these companies. Corporations and Health Watch’s Nicholas Freudenberg interviewed one of the authors of …

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Better Air Quality Improves Child Health

March 12, 2015 | By

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that steep decline in air pollution in Southern California since the mid-1990s is strongly associated with “statistically and clinically significant improvements” in children’s lung function and growth. The study provides the strongest evidence yet that years of government regulations …

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Negotiating healthy trade in Australia: Health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

March 5, 2015 | By , , , ,

The Centre for Health Equity, Training Research and Evaluation at the University of New South Wales in Australia has released a report assessing the health impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership. The executive summary is below. Read the full report. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a large regional …

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New York Attorney General Asks Major Retailers to Halt Sales Of Certain Herbal Supplements

February 5, 2015 | By

NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to …

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