Companies Get Poor Grades for Kids’ Food Ads

Report by Consumer Group Finds Many Companies Promote Unhealthy Foods to Kids

By Todd Zwillich
WebMD Medical News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

March 9, 2010 — Most companies lack meaningful policies to curb the marketing of high-fat and high-sugar junk food to children, according to a report by a consumer watchdog group.
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A: Energy drinks are all the rage among not just athletes but also young adults. And hundreds of varieties are currently available, including Rage, Pimp Juice, Red Bull, and Monster. These drinks claim to make you more alert or boost your sports performance — or both. Read more…

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7-Day Menu for Spring Allergy Season

Spring allergies got you down? Research suggests that following the right diet may help ease allergy symptoms in some people.

For example, clear soups can help thin mucus and clear nasal passages. Some studies suggest that the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain L-92, often added to yogurt or milk, may help ease Japanese cedar-pollen allergy. Vitamin C may help minimize many spring allergy symptoms.

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Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples or “zits.”
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* Blackheads
* Crusting of skin eruptions
* Cysts
* Inflammation around the skin eruptions
* Pustules
* Redness around the skin eruptions
* Scarring of the skin
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10 Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick Some of the healthiest foods, such as leafy greens, may also be the most likely to cause food-borne illness, according to a new report. Read more…

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Nuts, Vegetables, Fish Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

Nuts, Vegetables, Fish Cut Alzheimer’s Risk A diet rich in cruciferous and green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, and tomatoes and low in red meat and high-fat dairy products may protect against Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests. Read more…

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Prostate Cancer: Who Needs Chemical Castration?

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Group Takes Aim at Prostate Cancer Claims

Group Takes Aim at Prostate Cancer Claims A consumers group complained to regulators and threatened a lawsuit Thursday over what it calls a drug company’s misleading claims that two of its multivitamins reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Read more…

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New Therapy May Fight Prostate Cancer

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