Health & Behavior News

A selection of news items written by or involving Division of Health & Behavior faculty members.

January 03, 2014

By the end of next year, the Food and Drug Administration will require vending machine operators to post calorie counts on five million machines across the country. The new labeling regulation is part of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and will require vending machine owners to comply within the year. Brian Elbel, PhD, is quoted.

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December 30, 2013

Brian Elbel, PhD, is quoted about the effectiveness of calorie labeling.

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December 27, 2013

A federal program that let law enforcement trace cigarette packs from manufacturer to consumer would reduce interstate trafficking and boost the public health benefits of state cigarette tax policies, researchers say. Donna Shelley, MD, agreed on the need to track cigarette packages and emphasized that the FDA already has the power to do it: "The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to put a track-and-trace system in place, and they need to act on this authority," she said.

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December 10, 2013

Now that the mayor’s final term is coming to a close, statisticians are starting to weigh in on his legacy of aggressive measures designed to improve the health of the city’s residents. Their conclusion, from the past 12 years of data, could be summed up as “yes, but it’s complicated.” Brian Elbel, PhD, comments on what impact some of the measures have had on calorie consumption.

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December 05, 2013

High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a study by Joseph Palamar, PhD. Palamar examines how teenagers’ attitudes toward marijuana influenced their thoughts on the further use of other illicit drugs. The work appears online in the journal Prevention Science.

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