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Now here's a shocker: Diet Coke Plus isn't nutritious, feds say

We hate to break it to you, but it looks like soda isn't good for you after all.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the Coca-Cola Company to revise its labeling of Diet Coke Plus so that it doesn't mislead consumers into believing that the pop, a brew of chemicals mixed in with some vitamins and minerals, is healthy...

December 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Allergy Relief: real-time pollen updates may be on the way

Good news for allergy sufferers: Researchers may have hit upon a fast, new way to detect circulating pollen using a common laboratory technique that would provide instant updates of which types of the allergen are circulating in the air.  So far, the technique has only been shown to work in a lab, but it paves the way for a quicker detection system in the future, scientists report today in the journal Analytical Chemistry ...

December 22, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

Chinese face-transplant recipient has died

One of the four people known to have received a partial face transplant has died, according to published reports.

Li Guoxing, 32, died in July at his home in southwestern China after taking herbal medicines instead of immune-suppressing drugs typically used to prevent recipients from rejecting donated tissue, his surgeon, Guo Shuzhong, told Agence-France Presse over the weekend...

December 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Technical Mumbo Jumbo May Scare Patients

Hey, doc. Watch what you say. Sticks and stones may break patients' bones but it turns out words – your words – may hurt them, too. A new study shows that physicians may unnecessarily frighten patients by using technical jargon instead of layman's terms for certain types of medical conditions, making them sound a lot worse than they really are...

December 19, 2008 — Gary Stix

Feds give thumbs-up to new, no-cal sweetener, stevia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last night declared that a controversial new sweetener is safe, raising the ire of consumer advocates who charge that not enough tests have been done to rule out possible risks...

December 18, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

Don't be fooled: six holiday health myths verified or debunked

Does the bulk of heat escape our bodies through our heads? Does eating more at night pack on the pounds? Does sugar really make kids hyper? ScientificAmerican.com talked to Indiana University School of Medicine pediatricians Rachel Vreeman and Aaron Carroll to find out if these and three other popular health myths are true...

December 18, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

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