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Research Details How Junk Food Companies Influence China’s Nutrition Policy

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ImageCoca-Cola products on a shelf in a Beijing supermarket. While public health campaigns in China promote exercise, they omit the value of cutting calories or reducing intake of processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.CreditCreditZhang Peng/LightRocket, via Getty ImagesHappy 10 Minutes, a Chinese government campaign that encouraged schoolchildren to exercise for 10 minutes a day, would seem… Read More

Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections

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ImageThe F.D.A. has cut back inspections at manufacturing and processing plants for fruits, vegetables, seafood and other foods during the federal government shutdown.CreditCreditNicole Craine for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has stopped routine food safety inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables and many other foods at high risk of contamination because… Read More

Hormone Replacement Skin Patches Don’t Raise Risk for Blood Clots

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Live|Hormone Replacement Skin Patches Don’t Raise Risk for Blood ClotsOral H.R.T. increases the risk for blood clots, but transdermal hormone replacement doesn’t, a large analysis found.ImageOral hormone replacement therapy, or H.R.T., increases the risk for potentially fatal blood clots. But a study in BMJ found that hormone replacement delivered through the skin by injection or… Read More

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

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ImagePeter Meldrum in his office at The Meldrum Foundation in Salt Lake City in 2016. He argued that allowing companies to patent genes would “encourage innovation and development of products that can save lives and improve the quality of lives.”CreditCreditDan Hixson/University of Utah College of EngineeringPeter D. Meldrum, who led the biotech company Myriad Genetics… Read More