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While Chicago area’s soda tax fizzles with a repeal vote, advocates vow to fight on


Less than two months after Chicago’s Cook County began collecting a tax on sugary drinks, local lawmakers on Wednesday repealed it. But advocates for the so-called soda tax said they would continue their push across the country.

“Despite today’s setback in Cook County, we remain optimistic […]

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Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy


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Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track.

They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat right or […]

Gemelos que participaron en ‘The Biggest Loser’ se mantienen sanos juntos


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Luis y Roberto Hernandez perdieron decenas de libras juntos cuando fueron concursantes en la serie “The Biggest Loser.” Hoy, siguen esforzándose juntos para seguir encarrilados.

Son, uno para el otro, sus más alentadores seguidores. También se confrontan cuando no comen bien o no hacen […]

More than half of the biggest U.S. cities flunk review of health and well-being policies


More than half of the biggest cities in the U.S. don’t have adequate policies to improve their residents’ health and well-being, according to a recent report by the CityHealth Initiative.

The two-year “gold standard” analysis was commissioned by the de Beaumont Foundation, a private organization devoted […]

Sweetened beverage tax on horizon in Chicago’s Cook County


Chicago’s county stepped closer on Thursday to being the largest area in the country to institute a sweetened beverage tax.

After nearly five hours of debate and dozens of speakers, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, such […]

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease

Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart’s smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart complications or death, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Cocaine use is […]

Beware of too many Halloween treats for children

It’s a trick-or-treat tradition: counting up all the pieces of sugary loot, paying the “parent tax” and negotiating trades.

Then there’s another dilemma. Just how many pieces do you get before the precious bag of candy is confiscated?

Is it better to restrict consumption to a few pieces or go whole […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

This is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and higher carotid artery intima-media thickness – thickening of […]