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Hope everyone is doing well in the new year! The health issues in recent news involve Wal-Mart, autism, melanoma, birth control, and Vitaminwater.

1)Wal-Mart Promotes Health Wal-Mart announced that in the next five years, they will make many of their packaged foods lower in salts, fats, and sugars, and will lower prices on fruits and vegetables.   The decision comes as a result of discussions the company had with Michelle Obama, who has lead a crusade on childhood obesity.

2)Autism and Vaccines may not be linkedA British study that linked autism to vaccinations has been called an “elaborate fraud”.  The study altered or misrepresented the medical history of the patients, and the doctor in charge was stripped of his medical license.  After the study was published in 1998, childhood vaccination rates decreased dramatically, particularly for measles, mumps, and rubella.  Rates of infection of all three has also increased in the last decade.

3)Melanoma Drug Gives Positive Results…In a new trial, Roche, a drug manufacturer, found advanced melanoma patients taking an experimental drug lived longer than those who did not take it.  Roche will try and gain approval to market the new drug.

4)Birth Control Not Responsible For Weight Gain…One of the most well-known side effects of oral contraceptives has been weight gain.  However, a group of researches from the Oregon Health and Science University has found that this is not the case.  In an 8-month study conducted using rhesus macaque monkeys, those given birth control actually lost about 8% of their weight.

5)Vitaminwater- Not So Nutritious
In Britain, advertising regulators have said Vitaminwater has too much sugar to be called nutritious, and has ordered Coca-Cola to stop running ads touting it as a health drink (Example provided by the image below).