Marketing and the Most Trusted Profession: The Invisible Interactions between Registered Nurses and Industry

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes pharmaceutical industry activities targeted at registered nurses. Using qualitative, ethnographic methods to study pharmaceutical industry-nurse interactions at four acute care hospitals in one U.S. city, the authors found that nurses’ reported financial relationships with industry were similar to those reported by prescribers. However, nurses reported that their most significant interactions with industry occurred in daily practice.

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Guns, trade secrets and the public’s right to know

A stark battle between corporate and public interests is taking place in a courtroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the families of 10 children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School are suing Remington Arms, the company that makes and sells the semi­automatic weapon used by the killer, writes Alison Frankel  for Reuters. The fight is over Remington’s marketing and sales information.  Read more.

Market share for flavor capsule cigarettes is quickly growing, especially in Latin America

Flavor capsules in cigarette filters are a product design innovation that allows consumers to crush a liquid-filled capsule that flavors the cigarette smoke. Most capsules include menthol flavorings.  The top five countries with the highest market share for flavor capsule cigarettes are in the Latin American region: Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Argentina.

Citation: Thrasher JF, Islam F, Barnoya J, Mejia R, Valenzuela MT, Chaloupka FJ. Market share for flavour capsule cigarettes is quickly growing, especially in Latin America. Tob Control. 2016 Jun 21. pii: tobaccocontrol-2016-053030.

Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP

Citizens in both the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) are demanding a healthier, more just and more sustainable food system. As parties negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), proposed trade rules threaten to undermine the good food and farm movements on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Viewing alcohol warning advertising reduces urges to drink in young adults: an online experiment

Tobacco counter-advertising is effective at promoting smoking cessation. Few studies have evaluated the impact of alcohol warning advertising on alcohol consumption and possible mechanisms of effect. This pilot study aimed to assess whether alcohol warning advertising is effective in reducing urges to drink alcohol, if emotional responses to advertising explain any such effect or perceived effectiveness, and whether effects differ among heavier drinkers.

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Food and Water Watch Calls GMO Labeling “Compromise” a Cop-Out

Last week,  over major public opposition, the Senate passed a bill that would nullify Vermont’s GMO labeling law—and any future attempts in other states for mandatory, on-package GMO labeling legislation. For the voters in Vermont, the activists across the country who fought for our right to know what’s in our food, and the vast majority of Americans who support GMO labeling, this news comes as a disappointment. This is a serious setback for our movement – but we’re not giving up yet. Read more

Driverless Cars — Public Health Solution or the New Face of Automania?

By Nicholas Freudenberg

Last week, the New York Times reported that the driver of a Tesla Model S electric sedan was killed in an accident when the car was in self-driving mode. This was the first known death involving a vehicle being driven by itself by means of computer software, sensors, cameras and radar. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla, and the car failed to apply the brakes.  Some observers labeled the accident a setback for driverless cars.

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Tracking the Effects of Corporate Practices on Health