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Much direct-to-consumer drug advertising makes a mockery of the entire U.S. health care system by aggressively seeking people who are not sick to "treat" while millions who really are sick but for whom there is no profit in treating are ignored

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According to 2012 figures, fast food restaurants spent $4.6 billion on advertising their goods, up 8% from 2009, and social media represents a growing slice of that marketing pie.

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A city zoning law could help curb the number of advertisements for cigarettes and sugary drinks in Philadelphia.

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This Thursday, as part of the 2012 National Health Journalism Fellowship in Los Angeles, investigative reporter Duff Wilson will address the story that has everyone talking about food lobbying: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity. I asked him via email about how he did that story.

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CBS rejects 3 Stooges movie promo because it makes fun of TV drug ads. As Curly said in "Dizzy Doctors": "Brighto! Brighto! It makes old bodies new! We'll sell a million bottles, Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo!"

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The controversy sparks questions about corporate influence and the new ways we fund journalism.

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The Croakey Register of Influencers in Public Health will document ties between corporations and the public health officials and programs they seek to influence. Will you help us?

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A new database of health care costs, praise for Millenials and doctors in Libya, in today's Daily Briefing.

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Mary Knudson, a journalist, author and member of the John Hopkins University faculty, recently discovered that U.S. News & World Report subjected one of her guest blog posts to "keyword" advertising, one of the more ethically troubling practices of online content sites.

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