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Report: Arsenic in apple and grape juice
November 30th, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Report: Arsenic in apple and grape juice

The Empowered Patient is a regular feature from CNN Senior Medical News Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen that helps put you in the driver's seat when it comes to health care.

Ten percent of apple juices and grape juices have higher arsenic levels than are allowed in drinking water in the United States, according to a new study by Consumer Reports.

The magazine analyzed 88 samples of fruit juice purchased at stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Several well-known brands, including Walmart, Mott’s, Walgreens and Welch’s, had levels higher than 10 parts per billion of arsenic, the threshold set by the federal government for bottled and tap water.

Twenty-five percent of the samples, including juices from such brands as Gerber, Trader Joe's and Minute Maid, had more than 5 parts per billion of lead, according to Consumer Reports.  Five parts per billion is the standard set for lead in bottled water by the Food and Drug Administration. 
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Top 8 artery-clogging cities in the U.S.
November 30th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Top 8 artery-clogging cities in the U.S.

Simply put, where you live matters to your health. A study published in October in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people in poorer neighborhoods often lack access to fresh produce and safe areas to participate in physical activity.

Moving to a better neighborhood can lower the risk for obesity, says the study's author Jens Ludwig, adding that a family's environment has a big impact on their well-being. And researchers know that unhealthy habits are contagious - having a friend or neighbor who is obese increases your chances of gaining weight as well.

Keeping that in mind, residents in these cities may want to take extra precautions to monitor nutrition and exercise. Prevention magazine analyzed the latest obesity and heart disease data from the CDC to compile a list of at-risk metropolitan cities with a population over 200,000.
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