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Medical News and Perspectives
February 18, 2004

Experts Urge Early Investment in Bone Health

JAMA. 2004;291(7):811-812. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.811

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement urging physicians to contact schools in their communities and push for the elimination of sweetened soft drinks there (Pediatrics. 2004;113:152-154). While much of the focus was on the contribution of the sugary beverages to the obesity crisis in children and adolescents, the document also highlighted the concerns that when soft drinks displace milk in students' diets, it potentially sets the stage for fractures and osteoporosis later in life.

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