June 19, 2012

Back in the New York Groove

1 Cambridge, MA Considers Sugary Beverage Ban

Cambridge, MA is considering a sugary beverage ban, similar to the one proposed by New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg. Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis who proposed the ban said, “In addition to being an obesity threat, soda is one of the contributing factors to an increasing rate in diabetes and heart disease amongst younger people.” The ban, modeled after NYC’s, would prevent the sale of drinks with more than 25 calories/8 oz. in servings larger than 16 oz. and would affect restaurants, delis and movie theaters. Juice drinks, diet drinks, sugary drinks that get half their calories from milk or dairy substitutes and alcoholic beverages would be exempt. Members of the Cambridge city council voted to have a health subcommittee explore the proposal.

More at Www.bevnet.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: NYC Mayor Seeks Ban on SuperSized Sodas

Tags: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Obesity, Sugary Beverages, Beverage Ban, NYC Beverage Ban, Mayor Henrietta Davis

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It's ALL YOur Fault, You Know

2 Are Soda Companies Shifting Fat Blame?

The corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaigns of PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reinforce the idea that obesity is caused by the customer's own bad behavior, say public health and media experts who wrote a Policy Forum article. Published in PLoS Medicine, the article says the campaigns redirect the responsibility for health from corporations back to consumers, and attempt to target young people and increase sales. The authors also believe the soda companies are trying to prevent regulation. They write, "Public health advocates must continue to monitor the CSR activities of soda companies, and remind the public and policymakers that, similar to Big Tobacco, soda industry CSR aims to position the companies, and their products, as socially acceptable rather than contributing to a social ill."

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: PLoS Medicine, Soda Addiction, Soda and Obesity, Soda PR, Soda Company CSR Campaigns, Plosmedbigfood, Policy Forum

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Massachusetts Comes in at #1

3 Top Five States for Safest Hospitals

States with the safest hospitals are Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Illinois and Tennessee, says the nonprofit Leapfrog Group in their first Hospital Safety Score. The study examined data from 2,652 hospitals across the U.S. Decisions were based on 26 different safety-related measures, including injuries during a patient's stay, likelihood of developing a dangerous infection, rate of bedsores and more. In Mass., hospitals excelled at patients receiving the correct type of antibiotics, while in Maine hospitals did well with hand hygiene. In Vermont, hospitals scored well in preventing complications related to air embolism. In Ill., hospitals earned a good grade in preventable deaths. In Tenn., Vanderbilt University Hospital was commended for their prevention of blood clots after surgery.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Yaz Birth Control Increases Blood Clot Risk

Tags: Hospital Safety Score, Massachusetts Best Hospitals, Maine Safe Hospitals, Vermont Safer Hospitals, Illinois Best Hospitals, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Preventing Blood Clots, Nonprofit Leapfrog Group, Top Five Safest States Hospitals, Complications Related to Air Embolism

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Not Reviewed by FDA

4 Flavonoid Supplement Carries Liver Risks

A supplement that blends two flavonoids prescribed to treat osteoarthritis has been found to carry risk of liver injury. Researchers at Indiana University have reported that flavocoxid (Limbrel), which combines baicalin and catechins, was associated with four cases of liver injury suspected to be caused by taking the tablets. All of the patients had marked elevations in alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, and serum bilirubin as well as other markers of liver injury including jaundice, pruritus, abdominal pain, fever and rash. All patients recovered within 3 to 12 weeks after stopping the product. Limbrel is available only by prescription in 250- or 500-mg tablets. It works by decreasing swelling (inflammation) and pain.

More at MedPage Today | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Glucosamine Ineffective for Low Back Pain, Exercise Key Component for Arthritis Relief

Tags: Arthritis, Flavonoids, Osteoarthritis, Dietary Supplement, Catechins

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Ancient Chinese Martial Art

5 Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Improves Memory

Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, has been found to increase brain volume and is linked to better memory in elderly who practice three times a week. Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai conducted an 8-month study on seniors who practiced the slow, rhythmic movements designed to promote inner peace. Those participating in the Tai Chi exercise group performed better on psychological tests of memory and thinking. Past research has found that the physical exercise of the practice increases production of brain growth factors. Seniors who exercise and who remain mentally active have a lower risk of the most debilitating form of memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease.

More at EurekAlert | Hat tip to Emaxhealth | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Tai Chi and Qigong Has Many Physical and Mental Health Benefits, Tai Chi Minimizes Depression in the Elderly

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Exercise, Fitness, Meditation, Tai Chi

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