January 18, 2013

Lawsuit Forces the Admission

1 Vitaminwater: Don’t Buy Our Health Claims

In defending itself in court on charges that it made untrue and inaccurate health claims for its product Vitaminwater, the Coca-Cola company did not dispute the fact that the health claims were false, but instead asserted that "no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage." Coca-Cola had promoted Vitaminwater heavily, with basketball stars Lebron James and Kobe Bryant extolling it in TV commercials as a healthy way for active people to hydrate, and ad campaigns describing it as promoting a "healthy state of physical and mental well-being." In fact, Vitaminwater more closely resembles a high-calorie soft drink, given that it contains just a few cents worth of synthetic vitamins and 33 grams of sugar. The judge ruled against Coke.

More at Huffingtonpost.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Vitaminwater: Too Much Sugar to Be Nutritious

Tags: Vitaminwater, Vitaminwater Lawsuit, Health Claims of Beverages, False Product Health Claims

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Get the Shot, Says CDC

2 Flu Shot Causes No Harm to Unborn

Despite anecdotal reports of fetal deaths, the flu vaccine poses no risk to the developing fetus say Norwegian researchers who analyzed data from 100,000 pregnancies during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. However, pregnant women who were diagnosed with the flu, whether they had the shot or not, had nearly double the risk of fetal death. While the nasal spray flu vaccine is not advised during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all pregnant women get the flu shot. Last year, however, only 47% of pregnant women were vaccinated. The CDC says it’s not too late to get a flu shot; flu season runs from October to May. If pregnant women do get the flu, they are more likely to be hospitalized, says the CDC. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Flu or Fever While Pregnant Ups Autism Risk

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Flu, Flu and Pregnancy, Influenza, Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

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Three Pounder!

3 Goldfish Big Enough to Eat

What's a three-pound goldfish doing in Lake St. Clair? Wait. What's a goldfish doing weighing three pounds? WCNC TV says that the three-pound goldfish captured by Mike Martin in Michigan's Lake St. Clair was likely once a pet that got dumped. The giant goldfish is 15 inches long, and was captured during Mike's ice fishing trip. Instead of catching a perch, Mike caught what may be a record-sized goldfish! Are you surprised by the size of this goldfish?

More at WCNC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hospice Cat Sabrina Made Dying Easier

Tags: Giant Goldfish, Unusual Fishing Stories, Lake St. Clair, Mike Martin

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