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Susan Hasty and Charles Henderson of Drug Week wrote about new data on causes for obesity and diabetes on January 23, 2009. A large factor stated in the article of the growing obesity problem is high sugar beverage consumption. The research from Johns Hopkins University using surveys from 1988-1994 and 1999-2004 provided daily and per capita intake of sugar drinks. The data was divided into a few demographic groups for comparison and used to provide a general American trend for average sugar drink consumption. The research information was supported by statistics, the survey source and name (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), the university, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The source is from a larger subscriber, News Rx, which appears to provide a blanket subscription to various journals like Drug Week at a substantial yearly fee. Based on the “about us” section News Rx, the target audience is anyone who is interested in medical related articles with solid research and thorough analysis of all the surrounding issues. Susan Hasty and Charles Henderson (assumed authors since no other authors are not listed) both have 35 years of experience in journalism and editing of medical publications such as American Health Consultants and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Henderson is the CEO of News Rx and Hasty is its publisher.

The article was useful for the narrow research topic it addressed but lacked the voice of a particular author. Although the source has strong credibility, I will use it mainly for general knowledge, a cause of obesity, and the differences among various demographics.

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