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WHO elections

Jury still out on sugar taxes, says British doctor vying to be next WHO boss

Dr David Nabarro, candidate to become Director General of the World Health Organization cautioned against blunt regulation and said the state should only intervene where it was proven to have an effect in changing behaviour

April 15, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

Non communicable diseases

High obesity rates stealing the youth of SA kids

Rising obesity rates in South African youth are crippling their ability to live healthy lives and fully enjoy their youth as more and more develop life-threatening chronic diseases like Type II diabetes. This is according to the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), an alliance of organisations with a mission to promote healthy living. According to PRICELESS SA, a 20 percent sugary drinks tax is needed to facilitate much-needed daily dietary adjustments to reduce sugar consumption as it has been modelled to result in 220,000 fewer obese South Africans. Proof that this policy lever can be effective has also been established in a study conducted among households of lower socio-economic status in Mexico which showed a decline in sugary drinks consumption two years after a tax was implemented

June 17, 2017
IOL

How low to push blood sugar, and how to do it?

Growing evidence suggests that the method by which blood sugar is lowered may make a big difference in heart risk. That has raised a medical dilemma affecting tens of millions of people with type 2 diabetes — and for the doctors who treat them. At identical A1C levels, some drugs lowered risk, some did not change it — and some actually increased the chances of heart disease. Older and much cheaper diabetes medications, like metformin, have not been subjected to such tests, although they do have long and well established safety records. But whether they actually prevent heart problems is unknown

June 12, 2017
Deccan Herald

Health Canada considers sweeping ban on junk food ads aimed at children and teens

Health Canada is considering a widespread ban on the marketing of unhealthy food to kids under the age of 17. It could cover everything from TV, online and print advertising to product labelling, in-store displays and even end some sponsorships for sports teams. The federal government announced the first step by launching public consultations on how foods are marketed to kids in Canada. "A predilection to choosing foods high in sugar, salt, and fat as teenagers, can result in poor food choices for the rest of their lives," said Senator Greene Raine. "It`s recognized as one of the precursors to becoming overweight and obese, leading to all kinds of other chronic diseases"

June 10, 2017
CBC, VOCM

Antigua initiates steps to impose tax on sugary beverages

Antigua & Barbuda has taken the first step to what will likely result in an increase in taxes on soft drinks as well as food with a high sugar content in keeping with the global move to stem the increase of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“We have PAHO doing the study which we will receive next month. But our thinking is, if we increase the tax on sugar, we will decrease the tax on the foods that are healthier,” the health minister told reporters

June 7, 2017
Antigua Observer

Seattle to become latest U.S. city to tax sugary drinks

Seattle`s City Council voted to levy a special tax on sodas and other sugary beverages sold to consumers, becoming the latest of several local government bodies across the country to take such action for the sake of public health. The measure, to be signed by Mayor Ed Murray, was approved on a 7-1 vote despite staunch opposition from the American Beverage Association, which said the tax would hit poor and working-class families and small businesses hardest. Enactment will add Washington state`s largest city to a growing national movement seeking to curb consumption of soft drinks and other high-caloric beverages that medical experts say are largely to blame for an epidemic of childhood obesity

June 7, 2017
Reuters

U.S. nutrition policies may cut heart disease and save lives

Public health policies have the potential to reduce heart disease in the U.S. and save nearly 250,000 lives over 15 years, researchers say, which means, the kinds of policies they`re talking about would lower the price of fruit and vegetables, help lower-income families make better choices, impose taxes on sugary drinks and launch media campaigns, according to a report in the journal PLoS Medicine. "I think what our study does is highlight the potential power of food policies to reduce cardiovascular mortality and disparities in the U.S.," said lead author Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, of Imperial College London

June 6, 2017
Reuters

Scientists reveal how sugar fuels various forms of cancer growth

A sugar rich diet may be fuelling various forms of cancer, as new research confirms a long suspected belief, previous studies have suggested that tumours thrive off sugar, using it as energy to mutate and spread across the body, now scientists have shown one type of cancer - which can be found in the lungs, head and neck, oesophagus and cervix - has more of a sweet tooth than others, squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) is more dependent on sugar to grow, experts at the University of Texas at Dallas discovered

May 29, 2017
New Zealand Herald, Express

Diabetes drug may work by changing gut bacteria makeup

Researchers looked into the most successful treatment for type 2 diabetes and found that it seems to work by changing the makeup of the gut bacteria. Metformin is commonly prescribed to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. It is believed to work by reducing the amount of glucose made in the liver, which in turn lowers blood sugar levels. Researchers discovered that the drug seems to encourage the growth of strains of bacteria called Akkermansia and Bifidobacterium and this seems to influence blood sugar levels. Researchers believe more investigation of these findings may be necessary

May 22, 2017
New Scientist

Obesity on rise as quarter of European teens eat sweets daily

A quarter of adolescents eat sweets or chocolate every day and 14% have a cola or other sugary drink daily, according to a WHO report showing obesity rising among teenagers. Too many young people are in a harmful cycle and most will not outgrow obesity. About four in every five adolescents who become obese will continue to have weight problems as adults. They then develop chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and face psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression and social isolation

May 17, 2017
The Guardian, Irish Independent, Food Navigator

Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

The Guardian reports on Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for Healthy Cities. Bloomberg was appointed as the World Health Organization’s ambassador for NCDs last year. And now he is taking his philosophy and his cash to about 40 cities so far offering technical support for cities which choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues including, curbing sugary drinks consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and bans on smoking

May 16, 2017
Guardian

Communicable diseases

Brazil risks rodent-borne Hantavirus rise due to sugarcane, climate change: scientists

The risk of being infected by Hantavirus could jump in Brazil`s Sao Paulo state as climate change sends temperatures higher and farmers grow more sugarcane, said scientists. More effective health education and pest control could help cut the risk of the disease in the area, along with forest restoration and better land use. The virus, which can be inhaled or caught via contact with rodent droppings or urine, causes Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome which is fatal in more than half of cases

July 20, 2017
Reuters
July 21, 2017
International Business Times

Water security: the key ingredient for soda tax success

Mexico has the highest sugary drinks consumption per capita, followed by Chile and South Africa. The lack of widespread access to water in these countries has resulted in the greater permeation of sugary drinks into the market. In Mexico, which introduced a sugary drinks tax in 2014, the goal is to use the tax revenue to support the introduction of free drinking water fountains in all public schools, reducing the need to buy bottled water. Mexico has 206,155 public schools of which 42,617 get water either from a well or a tanker truck. The quality of water is not guaranteed and the programme saw resources cut in 2016

April 28, 2017
Blogs.Plos.Org

Railways asked to reject ads of junk food

With the Indian Railways planning to brand trains and stations to augment revenues, the Union Health Ministry has asked it not to allow advertisements of products which may have a negative effect on health. The Health Ministry said the initiative could be used to promote alcohol, foods with high fat content, sugar and salt and sweetened beverages. Ads for these products could increase the problem of NCDs in India and lead to more cost and premature deaths

April 5, 2017
The Hindu
April 3, 2017
The Telegraph India
April 4, 2017
NDTV