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  • Illustration: Fat by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GRATZER: Bad recipe for better health

    On Thanksgiving, we collectively loosened our belt and enjoyed second helpings. The problem is that all too many Americans opt for extra servings the other 364 days of the year as well. The result is an obesity crisis consuming 10 cents of every health dollar and resulting in an explosion of diabetes in our inner cities. With rising rates of obesity, many local and state governments have looked to the idea of a soda tax. Heavily taxing sweetened beverages has won praise from the governor of New York and the president, and earlier this month, the president's debt commission recommended it. The soda tax and similar initiatives may make us feel good about tackling obesity, but they are unlikely to better our health.

  • Fewer than half of Americans have had HIV test

    Fewer than half of Americans have had an AIDS test since guidelines were expanded to include routine screening, according to a government report released Tuesday.

  • Documentary traces children's AIDS

    In the spirit of "never forget," a documentary about how thousands of American hemophiliacs became infected with the emerging AIDS virus is being released publicly Wednesday in honor of World AIDS Day.

  • Rising hospitals stays for eating disorders cited

    A new report on eating disorders cites data showing a sharp increase in children's hospitalizations for such problems.

  • Scientists trick cells into switching identities

    Scientists are reporting early success at transforming one kind of specialized cell into another, a feat of biological alchemy that doctors may someday perform inside a patient's body to restore health.

  • Probiotics may have some benefits for kids

    A leading medical group says there's some evidence that probiotics, or "good" bacteria, may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.

  • Purdue women's player with meningitis released

    Purdue women's basketball player Drey Mingo has been released from a hospital after five days of treatment for bacterial meningitis.

  • FDA reviews 2 new drugs to reduce prostate cancer

    Health regulators say two drugs from GlaxoSmithKline and Merck reduce the risk of prostate tumors in men, though scientists complain the companies only studied a small number of African Americans, who are at high risk for prostate cancer.

  • Illustration: The pill

    GIROUX: Giving a pass to the pill

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg says "some very explicit, almost gruesome pictures may be necessary" on cigarette labels. The FDA is concerned about serious medical consequences of smoking, such as cancer, heart disease and strokes - and for good reason. Cigarettes have proved deadly. The images are part of a new campaign launched by the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the 443,000 deaths per year caused by cigarette smoking.

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