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A study of historical documents shows that the sugar industry worked the National Institute of Health on the role of sugar in tooth decay. Reviewing documents from the period 1959 to 1971, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that the industry successfully deflected the NIH’s attention from sugar as a source of dental caries. As a result, NIH guidelines for sugar consumption failed to properly address the issue. The story echoes efforts by the tobacco cabal and is mirrored in any number of current issues, from the role of sugar in diabetes to the effect of burning fossil fuels on climate. All too often, it seems, we get the best government money can buy. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has the story: http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2015/03/sugar-industry-shaped-nih-agenda-dental-research