Boston Globe – Food fundamentals
Walk into the Market Basket on Essex Street, the only full-service grocery store in this city of 76,000, and the first thing you see is a “build your own ice-cream sundae’’ shelf, stocked with chocolate syrup bottles, waffle cones, and sprinkles.

Environmental Health NewsMass extinctions linked to climate change are already underway
Researchers report for the first time that the documented species responses – migration to a higher or cooler climate or changes in population – suggest actual extinction risks linked to climate change are almost double those that were predicted. Just as grim are future outlooks – almost one-third of species will be threatened by 2100.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Age, wage to play big roles in health cost
People who are young, healthy and have good jobs that don’t provide health benefits will pay more for health insurance under federal health care reform. People who are older, or have health problems, will pay less. So will those who work in low-paying jobs and buy insurance on their own.

MSNBC.comWith prices rising, fewer health insurance options
Alane Basco, from Poulsbo, Wa., lost her job in 2008 and was on her husband’s insurance plan until he switched to a new employer who didn’t offer health coverage. She was on COBRA through his old company until she couldn’t afford it anymore and is now uninsured.

USA Today – Chocolate lowers heart, stroke risk
Regular consumption may slash the risk of developing heart disease by a third, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and presented today at the European Society of Cardiology’s conference in Paris.

Bloomberg – Expanding Waistlines May Boost U.S. Health Cost $66 Billion a Year by 2030
U.S. health-care spending will rise by as much as $66 billion a year by 2030 because of increased obesity if historic trends continue, researchers said.

Kaiser Health News – Health Law Funding Creates Dilemma For GOP Governors
Even as many Republican state executives oppose the health law, many are moving forward in creating state-run exchanges. Meanwhile, the availability of public health funding as a result of the law also is a politically challenging windfall.