State Lawmakers Tackle Public Health Issues

The Florida legislature killed such a measure, and Illinois is considering one. States are also grappling with decisions related to a new generation of hepatitis C drugs that for the first time promise a cure rate above 90%. The drawback is that a single course of the treatment can cost from $65,000 to $168,000. The availability of those drugs and their high price creates a dilemma for states, which can hardly afford to pay for treatment for all Medicaid beneficiaries with hepatitis C or all infected inmates in state prisons , where the rate of infection is 17% compared to less than 2% in the general population. Some health policy experts believe the best way to eliminate hepatitis C altogether is to focus first on the jail and prison populations. E-cigarettes In the decade since e-cigarettes hit the market, sales have grown rapidly among both adults and children. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Clever Marketing Or Undermining Health Issues? This Coca-Cola Ad Successfully Does Both!

The suspected culprit was sulfur compounds being released into the air from the drywall. According to the ATSDR, exposure to sulfur compounds at the levels estimated from Chinese drywall manufactured in 2005 and 2006 may be associated with health effects such as: Headaches Irritation of eyes, nose and throat Feeling tired Problems controlling respiratory conditions (like asthma) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lead federal agency for problem drywall, began investigating the problem in 2009 along with the ATSDR and other agencies. To date, CPSC has received over 4000 reports from residents in 44 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico, who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to problem drywall. At EMSL, we provide testing solutions for builders, environmental consultants, legal professionals and the general public to identify problematic Chinese drywall, said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. We offer a variety of testing options specifically for Chinese drywall samples based upon the clients needs. EMSL has recently sponsored a video about Chinese drywall and indoor environmental quality issues that can be seen at: . For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Health Implications Due to the Presence of Problematic Chinese Drywall

"I can't explain the lack of integrity," he told a homeless veterans group. "I will not defend it, because it is not defensible." The beleaguered Cabinet official received a standing ovation and loud applause. An inspector general's report found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list. The report confirmed earlier allegations of excessive waiting times for care in Phoenix, with an average 115-day wait for a first appointment for those on the waiting list - nearly five times as long as the 24-day average the hospital had reported. "This situation can be fixed," Shinseki told an audience of several hundred people from around the nation who have been working with the VA on helping homeless veterans. "Leadership and integrity problems can and must be fixed - and now." He said the government would not give any performance bonuses this year, would use all authorities it has against those "who instigated or tolerated" the falsification of wait time records and that performance on achieving wait time targets will no longer be considered in employee job reviews. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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But somehow Coca-Cola, the worlds biggest soft-drink maker, has managed to do both in its latest campaign . Coca-Cola is apparently taking on obesity, the number 1 ailment that its products are accused of causing. The online ad is an attempt to show just how fun it would be to burn off 140 Calories. Coca-Cola has calculated that its regular sized can holds 140 calories. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit