January 19, 2014

Californians, Do the Math

1 Soda Tax Would Cut Medical Bills Hugely

A newly-released study by UC San Francisco researchers estimates that a penny-per-ounce statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could cut Californians' medical bills by nearly $650 million over ten years. Their calculations are based on a 10 to 20 percent reduction in consumption which, over the period of 2013-2022, could result in as many as 23,000 fewer cases of diabetes and a one percent reduction in heart attacks and coronary heart disease. Researchers also noted that African American, Mexican American and low-income communities, with high diabetes rates, would benefit the most. A bill to establish such a tax was introduced in the state senate last May but was blocked from consideration, in part because polls show that only 40 percent of California voters support the idea.

More at Huffingtonpost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: California State Senator Proposes Soda Tax

Tags: UC San Francisco, Soda Tax Economics, Effect of Tax on Sugary Drinks, California Soda Tax. Sugar and Health Costs

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Benefits May Outweigh Risks

2 Sunlight Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Sunlight lowers blood pressure finds a study of 24 volunteers who received the equivalent of 30 minutes of natural sunlight and had lowered blood pressure by about five points that lasted for half an hour. Sunlight increases levels of nitric oxide, a chemical linked to blood flow, and, say researchers Richard Weller of the U. of Edinburgh and Martin Feelisch of the U. of Southampton, it may explain why people who live in dark climates have more heart disease. They say, “... well-meaning advice to reduce the comparatively low numbers of deaths from skin cancer may inadvertently increase the risk of death from far higher prevalent cardiovascular disease and stroke, and goes against epidemiological data showing that sunlight exposure reduces all cause and cardiovascular mortality.”

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Influences Key Genes in Certain Diseases

Tags: Heart Disease, Skin Cancer, Sunlight, University of Edinburgh, Sun Exposure, Richard Weller, Martin Feelisch, University of Southampton, Sunlight Benefits May Outweigh Risks, Health Benefits of Sunlight

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