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Nutrition research to chew on

This fall, BMJ published “Food for Thought 2023: The science and politics of nutrition,” with studies about key issues involving nutrition and cardiometabolic disease such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Topics include addiction to ultraprocessed foods that are high in carbohydrates and fats, and a call for public policies to reduce consumption of them.

Feds bust massive illegal e-cigarette shipment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted a three-day joint operation to seize 41 shipments of illegal e-cigarettes at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials estimated the value of the products at $18 million.

Vaccine fatigue

Why are people slow to get updated vaccines for COVID-19? The chief medical officer at Novavax, a physician, explains why messaging is so important for clinicians.

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