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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Big US soft-drink firms pledge to cut calorie count and container sizes over the next decade

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 11:16pm by WASHINGTON POST

    ... companies’ greatest strengths in marketing, innovation and distribution,” Susan Neely, president and chief executive of the American Beverage Association, said. “This initiative will help transform ... Still, soft drinks remain a big part of the US diet. Americans on average drank more than a can of soft drinks per day last year, according to the market-research firm Euromonitor International. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599824/big-us-soft-drink-firms-pledge-cut-calorie-count-and-container-sizes-over
  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Gates Foundation funds 'ultra-thin' condom studies in bid to raise uptake

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 10:26pm by AFP

    ... to combat such illnesses as malaria and tuberculosis, as they were not prevalent in wealthy countries. However, "there could be a market for this [thin condoms] among well-off nations, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1596228/gates-foundation-funds-ultra-thin-condom-studies-bid-raise-uptake
  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Novo’s weight-loss shot wins backing of U.S. advisers

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:50pm by Bloomberg

    ... tied to cancer. Novo Nordisk is conducting a post-marketing trial to determine Victoza's effect on the heart. The cancer links are also being monitored while Victoza is on the market, according to the report. None of the three weight-loss pills is on the market in Europe. Orexigen's treatment is currently positioned to become the first for sale there in 2015. Weight-loss ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589518/novos-weight-loss-shot-wins-backing-us-advisers
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    Heavy use of benzodiazepines linked to Alzheimer's onset in older people

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:48am by MCT

    ... finds. Those whose use of the medications is most intensive are almost twice as likely to develop the mind-robbing disorder. Benzodiazepines- marketed under such names as Xanax, Valium, Ativan ... prescribed medicines marketed as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata (generically named zolpidem, eszopiclone and zaleplon) are "atypical benzodiazepines" and were not included in the analysis. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590397/heavy-use-benzodiazepines-linked-alzheimers-onset-older-people
  5. News - World - HEALTH

    Little evidence testosterone-boosting drugs are beneficial, US regulator says

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 09:31pm by AP

    ... an industry marketing blitz for pills, patches and formulations that has transformed testosterone into a multibillion-dollar market. Advertisements for prescription gels like Fortesta and Androgel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1585262/little-evidence-testosterone-boosting-drugs-are-beneficial-us-regulator
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    E-cigarettes need tight regulation, WHO says, citing health concerns

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:31am by AGENCIES

    ... at the concentration of the US$3 billion market in the hands of transnational tobacco companies. The devices, which have surged in popularity in particular among young people, function by heating flavoured ... as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," the WHO said. Despite scant research on the health effects of "vaping", as use of the devices is called, the WHO said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581019/e-cigarettes-need-tight-regulation-who-says-citing-health-concerns
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Potential life-saver takes risk from nuts

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 09:27pm by Reuters

    ... firm that commercialises emerging technologies in food and agriculture, to research the marketing potential of hypoallergenic peanut products. "This is one of the best technologies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581257/potential-life-saver-takes-risk-nuts
  8. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    Battle lines drawn on instant noodles after US study cites heart risks

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:30am by AP

    ... hikers can refresh themselves with cup noodles. Elderly South Koreans often feel deep nostalgia for instant noodles, which entered the local market in the 1960s as the country began clawing its ... to expect much nutrition from a meal that costs about 80 US cents (HK$6.20), says Choi Yong-min, 44, marketing director for Paldo, a South Korean food company. "I can't say it's good ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1580099/battle-lines-drawn-instant-noodles-after-us-study-cites-heart
  9. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese firm offers baby milk insurance after food safety scandals

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:34pm by Reuters

    ... capped at 100,000 yuan. “In recent years, the milk powder market in China has been in a mess,” Suning said in an e-mail. “We realised that parents pay a great deal of attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1579367/chinese-firm-offers-baby-milk-insurance-after-food-safety-scandals
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong to probe Colgate toothpaste over cancer-linked ingredient

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 11:32pm by Phila Siu, Bloomberg

    ... markets for a number of years, and GlaxoSmithKline reformulated all its products which previously contained the ingredient. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1572441/hong-kong-customs-probe-report-colgate-total-toothpaste-contains

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