Treating depression: take three steps [HealthBeat]

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Acute phase. The goal here is to relieve your symptoms. Generally, this occurs within four to eight weeks, but it may take longer depending on your response to the first treatments you try.

Continuation phase. During this period, you work with your doctor to maximize the improvement you’ve made. Further treatment adjustments, such as modifying the dosage of a medication, can help. This period can take four to five months.

Maintenance phase. Throughout the maintenance phase, your goal is to prevent depression from reemerging. Ongoing treatment is often necessary, especially if you have already experienced several depressive episodes, have chronic low mood, or have risk factors that make a recurrence more likely.

New York Ban High-Calorie Soft Drinks

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To curb the epidemic of obesity the New York City Board of Health has passed a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries. The measure puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages. The ban exempts convenience stores as well as vending machines and some newsstands. The rules do not apply to 100% fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages and zero-calorie diet sodas. Establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces. [Source AMA News and other US agencies]