Menu
Personal finance
Online betting site Intrade abruptly closes

When work bulldozes your personal life

Women getting rejected for mortgages

Gas prices ate into Americans' budgets last month

Job burnout worse for your heart than smoking

Swiss tax-cheat adviser blows his US clients' cover

School loans are just the start for some Ph.D.s

Penn State suspends its contract with Adidas

Even Exxon thinks the US will cut energy use

How much water from Poland Spring is in that bottle?

Looking for tech's future? Watch teenagers

Do you live in a county that's dying?

Why Mila Kunis is hardly a stock market indicator

Matt Lauer hosting 'Jeopardy' could be hazardous

FTC tells celebrity endorsers on Twitter: Disclose all

No Guinness for vegans this St. Patrick's Day

Red Bull is being blackmailed

Lumber finally rises from the forest floor

Applying for Obamacare could be painful

US getting another conservative news channel

Carl's Jr. sticks with its 'indulgent' menu

Which 200 airports will lose their control towers?

How to lose $8 million in 6 minutes

First-class battle over Saturday mail delivery

Time's opus on health care is a surprise hit
Study: Soda really does kill
While you might feel guilty sipping down the calories in a can of Coca-Cola (KO), a new study from Harvard researchers isn't going to help you justify your soda habit.


Sugary drinks are linked to 180,000 deaths a year around the world, with 25,000 people alone dying in the U.S. from health problems related to sodas and other sweetened beverages, the researchers found.


"We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, and that a large number of deaths are caused by obesity-related diseases. But until now, nobody had really put these pieces together," said Harvard School of Public Health postdoctoral research fellow and lead author Gitanjali Singh, according to ABC News.


The assertion will likely be received with welcome ears by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has waged a war against large servings of soda and other sugary drinks.


A judge struck down Bloomberg's citywide ban earlier this month, calling it "arbitrary and capricious." But Bloomberg has vowed to continue his fight, noting, "People are dying every day." That's something the study seems to support, with researchers finding that 1 out of 100 deaths of obese people can be blamed on too many sweetened beverages.


Of the deaths linked to sweetened drinks in 2010, most were from diabetes, with cardiovascular disease and cancer the No. 2 and No. 3 causes, respectively.


One woman's death was linked to her Coca-Cola habit when a New Zealand coroner last month said 31-year old Natasha Harris' sugar and caffeine intake was a "substantial factor in her demise. She drank more than 2.6 gallons of classic Coke each day, according to ABC News.


The American Beverage Association, a trade group, attacked the Harvard research, which hasn't yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal but was presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.


The study "is more about sensationalism than science," the group said in a statement. "It does not show that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages causes chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer -- the real causes of death among the studied subjects."


The statement adds that the researchers "make a huge leap" when linking sweetened beverages to the deaths.
Colorado doctors unite against energy companies

Monster Beverage looks for a buzz from food stamps

Hungry for a hit, McDonald's adds McWraps

Real cost of US war with Iraq: $1.7 trillion

This guy spent $45,000 on a marriage proposal

Starbucks' CEO perks up for minimum wage hike

CEO gives workers 'get out of jail free' cards

Violent crime is haunting Mexico's tourism

Invest like Warren Buffett with this app

Peek protection: Now you can block that drone

Jay Leno is no laughing matter for NBC

Are job cuts a myth about Obamacare?

Nike silences naysayers after outstanding quarter

Menu
Are we finally ready for turkey burgers?

Newsroom budget cuts create a downward spiral

Why young Americans are getting poorer

Senator: Should hourly minimum wage be $22?

Cookie hoax: Girl Scouts scammed out of $24,000

NCAA March Madness is no economic slam dunk

Pennsylvania may finally sell its state liquor stores

Lululemon's see-through yoga pants get yanked

The Easter Bunny is getting pinched this year

How ski resorts fend off accident lawsuits

Retirement crisis ahead for boomers and Gen Xers

Soda industry wins support as donations flow

Colorado company: New gun law will make us move

Michael Dell may have another bidder to outdo

What the government wants to take away now

US is still paying Civil War benefits

Here come new whiskey flavors

College won't accept students who need loans

Who's next as a merger frenzy takes off?

Study: Soda really does kill

Dark day for a Chinese solar panel maker

Wal-Mart expands shop-with-iPhone program

Celebrating Passover costs more this year

Meth-contaminated homes are a growing hazard

What recovery? Many workers still stuck in recession