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Monday, December 09, 2019

This Week In Health: The Coke Controversy

“This Week In Health” offers some highlights from the world of health news and wellness tips that you may have missed this week:

New Imaging Helps Detect Cancer In Dense Breast Tissue: For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new imaging technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) can lower the cost of diagnosis of breast cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Bubonic Plague In Our National Parks? The California Department of Public Health is investigating a second case of plague likely contracted by a Georgia native on a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. Tests are underway to confirm the person contracted the disease while vacationing in early August at the park, the Sierra National Forest, and surrounding area.

…And They Make You Look Uncool, Too. Even though teenage smoking rates have plunged in recent decades, teen use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in the last few years. Now, a new study involving more than 2,500 students at 10 Los Angeles schools has found that teens who began using e-cigarettes were far more likely than their peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products.

Always Controversy, Always Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is coming under fire for funding new studies that are contrived to shift the blame for the obesity epidemic from unhealthy food to a lack of exercise, but others are wondering if all this public outrage aimed at the soda pop purveyor isn’t a tad misplaced.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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