News bites: Medicare deaths, Coke safety, and more


A seven-year-old Medicare quality ratings program failed to reduce patient deaths, Kaiser Health News reports.

The Food and Drug Administration dismissed a consumer group's warnings about cancer-causing chemicals in soft drinks, Bloomberg reports.

Physicians who have computerized access to patients' test results are more likely to order additional lab and imaging tests, Modern Healthcare reports (subscription required).

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says tobacco companies and convenience stores are partnering to market tobacco products and fight anti-smoking policies.

A recent American Heart Association survey concludes that only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice all of these healthy habits: good nutrition, exercise and oral care.


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