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Cheat Sheet: March 11, 2013

Judge halts NYC soda ban

Today a state judge stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, who blocked the rules one day before they would have taken effect, noted that the incoming sugary drink regulations were “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences” that would be difficult to enforce with consistency “even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.” (Source)

Alzheimer’s blood test could give early diagnosis

British researchers have developed a test to detect Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages by looking for a combination of “markers” in the blood which are different in healthy people and those with the disease. Delegates at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference heard that the University of Nottingham is now developing a quick and easy test to do in clinics. The test could mean much earlier diagnosis and better treatments, they said. (Source)

Navy jet crashes in Washington state

A Navy jet has crashed off Whidbey Island in Washington state, officials confirmed. The E/A-6B took off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. And went down in the eastern part of the state. The Navy confirmed that the Prowler involved was on a routine training mission. The status of the aircrew is unknown at this time. NBC affiliate KHQ in Washington is reporting three people were on board and all of them have perished. Their identities or ages have not been released. (Source)

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