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June 6, 2019

Around the nation: California judge rules that coffee chemicals 'do not pose a significant risk of cancer'

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    The ruling dictates that, as of Oct. 1, coffee sold in the state does not have to include a label that warns of cancer risks, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and Rhode Island.

    • Arizona: Banner Boswell Medical Center last month began working on a $106 million expansion project. The expansion will include a 40,000-square-foot ED and a six-story patient tower. The expansion will increase the number of beds in the center's ED from 42 to 56. Brian Standage, Banner's COO, said the expansion will help the health center serve the "growing community of Sun City" (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/4).

    • California: A California judge on Tuesday ruled that the chemicals created while brewing coffee, including acrylamide, "do not pose a significant risk of cancer" and as such, coffee sold in the state as of Oct. 1 does not have to include a label that warns of cancer risks. The ruling comes after a judge in March 2018 ruled that Starbucks and other coffee shops would have to include a cancer warning on coffee products sold in the state (Klar, The Hill, 6/4).

    • Rhode Island: CVS Health on Tuesday announced that it will open 1,500 "HealthHub" stores equipped with medical equipment, dietitians, weight loss programs, and wellness programs by the end of 2021. The move comes after the company last year successfully piloted three HealthHub stores in Houston. CVS said it plans to open HealthHub locations in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, and Tampa this year before further expanding in 2021 (Luttrell, Milwaukee Business Journal, 6/4; Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/4; Truong, MedCity News, 6/4).

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