March 12, 2013

City Will Appeal, Says Mayor

1 Judge Overturns NYC Sugary Drinks Ban

A state judge invalidated New York City’s ban on selling large-size sugary drinks in certain venues, including restaurants and movie theaters, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” The measure, backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has supported several laws aimed at New Yorkers’ health, was to take effect today. "We think the judge is totally in error in the way he interpreted the law and we're very confident that we will win on appeal," said Bloomberg in a press conference and added that “Five thousand people will die of obesity this year in New York. The best science tells us that sugary drinks are a cause of obesity.” Beverage manufacturers and business groups had called the law illegal and an infringement on consumers’ personal liberty. Bloomberg said the ban is about saving lives.

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

Previously: NYC Mayor Seeks Ban on Supersized Soda

Tags: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, NYC Ban on Super-Sized Drinks, NYC Beverage Ban, Obesity, Sugary Beverages, Sugary Drinks, NYC Soda Ban Invalidated, Obesity and Sugary Drinks

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Don't Mind the Pounds

2 Even with Weight Gain, CVD Risk Reduced

Quitting smoking is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) despite weight gain among patients without diabetes, find researchers. Published in JAMA, the research had an average follow-up of 25 years. Both recent and long-term quitters experienced more than a 50 percent lower risk for CVD compared to smokers with the weight gained having only a small impact on risk. For patients without diabetes, recent quitters gained a median of 5.9 pounds, compared to only 1.9 pounds for both long-term quitters and smokers. Nonsmokers gained 3 pounds. Among recent quitters, diabetic patients gained much more weight (7.9 pounds) than smokers (1.9 pounds) and nonsmokers (1.1 pounds). Diabetic long-term quitters didn't gain weight.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: benefits of quitting smoking, Framingham Offspring Study, Reduce Heart Disease, Smoking Cessation, Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking

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Does Diet Really Affect CVD?

3 Ancient Mummies Had Hardened Arteries Too

Ancient mummies are helping researchers understand hardening of the arteries. The new study involving 137 mummies revealed that many had hardened arteries. The bodies came from four groups of people with different lifestyles and diets, so now scientists are wondering if they really do understand the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Since mummies with vastly different presumed diets (Paleo-type diets and carb-heavy diets) and activity levels showed evidence of CVD, researchers wonder whether perhaps hardened arteries are just a part of aging, not a result of diet or exercise. The study, published in Lancet, involved some mummies as old as 3,500 years. The people whose remains were studied lived in ancient Egypt, pre-Columbian Peru, pre-Columbian Utah and Alaska (19th century).

More at Washington Post | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Ancient Mummy, Lancet, CVD Risk, Hardened Arteries, Paleo Diet, Arteries Mummies

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