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Chicago's Short-Lived 'Soda Tax' Cut Consumption, Boosted Health Care Funds

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Chicago's brief and now-defunct soda tax did cut the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, a new study finds, along with raising funds for public health initiatives. From August to November 2017, when the tax was in effect, the volume of soda sold in Cook County dropped 21% and the tax raised nearly $62 million, nearly $17 million of which went to a county health fund. "The evidence suggests that taxes on sweetened beverages may be an effective policy tool for reducing sweetened beverage consumption," said lead researcher Lisa Powell. She's director of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health. "The evidence also shows that households will undertake tax avoidance strategies, such...

Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat...

20 February 2020
THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new poll suggests that education is all that stops most Americans from embracing plant-based diets that are better for the planet. The poll, of just over 1,000 adults nationwide, found that 51% said they would eat more plant-based foods if they knew more about the environmental impacts of their eating habits, but 70% said they rarely or never discuss this issue with friends or family. Nearly two-thirds said they'd never been asked to eat more plant-based foods, and more than half rarely or never hear about the topic in the media. In addition, more than half said they're willing to eat more vegetables and plant-based alternatives and/or less red meat. Even though only 4% self-identified as vegan or vegetarian, 20% said they chose...

FDA Requests Market Withdrawal of Diet Drug Belviq Due...

13 February 2020
THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial of the weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) shows an association with an increased risk of cancer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting that its maker withdraw the drug from the U.S. market. Eisai Inc. has already "submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug," Dr. Janet Woodcock, who directs the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, noted in a statement issued Thursday. Now, "we're taking steps to notify the public," she said, adding that "our review of the full clinical trial results shows that the potential risk of cancer associated with the drug outweighs the benefit of treatment." Woodcock said the FDA is advising that "patients should stop using the medication Belviq and Belviq XR...

How Does Social Media Shape Your Food Choices?

10 February 2020
MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For better or worse, your social media friends might be influencing your eating habits, British researchers report. They asked nearly 400 college students to estimate how much fruit, veggies, snacks and sugary drinks their Facebook friends ate each day. Those participants who believed their social media buddies ate the recommended five daily portions of fruits and vegetables in turn ate one extra serving. But they also helped themselves to an extra portion of unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks for every three portions they believed their online friends had. "This study suggests we may be influenced by our social peers more than we realize when choosing certain foods," said study co-leader Lily Hawkins, a doctoral student in health...

AHA News: These Doctors Want to Write 'Farmacy' Prescriptions

27 January 2020
MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Doctors are used to writing prescriptions for medicine. But three Boston-area cardiologists are working on a federal program that would focus on writing prescriptions for food. Varanda, which stands for Veterans Administration Repurposing Agriculture for Nutrition and Diet Awareness, would create a network of sustainable food gardens at veterans hospitals to provide fresh food – for free – to vets and their families. The work is inspired by the rooftop farm at Boston Medical Center. The farm, in place since 2017, harvests more than two tons of fresh vegetables yearly and distributes them to their preventive food pantry and hospital kitchen. "The rooftop farm is this amazing farm operation in a hospital," said Dr....
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