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Calorie counts mandated in New York fast food restaurants - IN60

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Published on Jan 23, 2008

From Pittsburgh - Nearly half of stents placed during angioplasty are done for "off-label" reasons. A study of over 6500 patients who received either bare metal or drug-eluting stents at the time of angioplasty showed that the reasons for placing the stent included: lesions longer than 30 mm, lesions in the left anterior descending artery and restenotic lesions. No differences in mortality or heart attack were noted between drug-eluting and bare metal stents.

From New York City - Officials have voted to force fast food restaurants to provide calorie counts on menus and wherever consumers make purchasing decisions. The city's board of health will require all restaurants with more than 15 nationwide outlets to post calorie counts by March 31st. With over 50% of the city's population now obese, it is hoped that consumers will make more informed and healthy decisions.

And finally, from California - With the launch of the Healthy San Francisco project, the city may hold the future of healthcare in it hands. Frustrated by lack of progress on the federal and state levels, San Francisco has launched the project to provide comprehensive care to its 73,000 uninsured. The plan includes the concept of medical homes and customer service and would include a medication prescription plan.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

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