January 10, 2012

Reduce Public Healthcare Costs

1 Soda Tax Would Save Lives

The addition of a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks would prevent close to 100,000 cases of heart disease, 8,000 strokes and 26,000 deaths per year says a group of scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, SF General Hospital and Columbia University who analyzed the effect of a nationwide tax on sugary beverages. "You would also prevent 240,000 cases of diabetes per year," says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, UCSF. Besides $13 billion in direct revenue, researchers estimate that such a tax would save $17 billion annually in healthcare expenses from obesity-related diseases. Researchers based their analysis on the fact that Americans drink 13.8 billion gallons of sugary beverages per year and projections on how much less they’d consume if the tax was imposed.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Penny an Ounce Soda Tax Flames Out

Tags: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Soda, Soda Tax, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital. Columbia University, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Sugary Drinks

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Babies: One in 13 Million Chance

2 Rare Identical Quadruplets Born in Germany

Four girls in Germany beat the odds and were born as identical quadruplets. The Local, Germany's News in English reports that the girls weren't the product of artificial insemination. Laura, Sophie, Jasmin and Kim were born 10 weeks early, but they're all healthy. The 31-year-old mother is doing well after the planned Caesarean section. Doctors report that the quadruplets had only a one in 13 million chance of being identical. The babies are now resting in incubators at the Leipzig Hospital. When the babies are more stable, the mother will begin kangaroo care: allowing them on her chest. The quadruplets are currently being fed their mother's milk with a bottle. The four girls have an older brother at home waiting for them.

More at The Local, Germany's News in English | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kangaroo Care Method Saves Preemie Twin

Tags: Chances of Surviving Premature Birth, The Local Germany's News in English, Artificial Insemination, Kangaroo Care, Chances Identical Quadruplets

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Expected to Be Low

3 TSA to Monitor Employees for Radiation

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will use personal dosimeters to assess the amount of radiation that its employees are exposed to from x-ray technology, including airport body scanners. The devices will be worn by those that work at selected federalized airports, the Office of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) writes in a report posted in December. These will measure exactly how much radiation a person receives and will be compared with limits set by the government. While the radiation doses employees receive are expected to be low because airport scanners are tested annually to check radiation emissions, Michael McCarthy, spokesman for the TSA says the amount employees are exposed to should still be confirmed.

More at Scientific American | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Fat Flyers Get Flab Roll Searches from TSA

Tags: Air Travel, Full-Body Scanners, Radiation, Transportation Security Agency, TSA

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Combination of Hormone Blockers

4 Estrogen Blockers Shrink Lung Tumors in Mice

Results from studies conducted on mice have found that using multiple drugs that block estrogen and dramatically lower the formation of lung tumors before they were exposed to carcinogens found in tobacco. It has already been established that some breast cancers are treated with estrogen blocking drugs which are already approved for us and been shown to be safe when used over a long period of time. Some of these drugs bind to the estrogen receptor so that the hormone cannot bind and send signals that tell the cells to grow and divide and others block the enzyme aromatase that synthesizes estrogen. The goal of using this preventative therapy would be to lower the risk of lung cancer in people who quit smoking. Scientists caution that this may not work in humans.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smokers on Metformin Decrease Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: Aromatase Inhibitors, Cancer Treatment, Lung Cancer, Hormone Blockers, Lung Tumors, Estrogen Blocker

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