Health & Fitness

Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove ovaries touches on problem many women face

On Tuesday, Jolie announced that she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a recent blood test turned up possible early signs of cancer. “I only hope this brings more education and light to ovarian cancer,” one local surgeon says. Her previous surgery to avoid breast cancer set off a wave of responses here and around the world.

Business

Coke a healthy snack? How company gets its message out

If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print. Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest beverage maker. is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke as a snack idea. The mentions – which appeared on nutrition blogs and other sites including those of major newspapers – show the many ways food companies work behind the scenes to cast their products in a positive light, often with the help of third parties who are seen as trusted authorities.

Health & Fitness

Are viruses on the rise or does it just seem that way? Yes — and yes

The world we live in now, with its changing climate, burgeoning population and constant travel, is introducing us to all kinds of viruses that once hid in animals inhabiting the world’s obscure corners, scientists say. Meanwhile, new laboratory technologies have made it possible to quickly and easily identify old viruses that may have gone incognito for hundreds or thousands of years while afflicting untold generations of people.

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