A study from the Health Impact Project found that proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would end food-stamp benefits for about 5.1 million people, and the resulting combination of poverty and food shortages could increase rates of chronic disease. The study said increases in diabetes alone could raise health costs by about $15 billion over 10 years. "There is a large body of public health research which shows how food insecurity affects health," said project director Dr. Aaron Wernham.
The statements made by Donald W. Light of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey against the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry can't be ignored, John LaMattina writes. Light, who said that around 90% of all new approved treatments in the last 30 years are less or no more effective than existing treatments, ignores great advances in the care and treatment of patients with HIV, cancer and cardiovascular disease, LaMattina writes.
A study of 5,000 Australian children ages 4 to 10 found that, based on body mass index, those from disadvantaged families had a higher risk of being overweight or obese than did their peers who came from wealthier families. While 3.4% of the most advantaged children were obese, 11.5% of the most disadvantaged were obese, according to the study, published in the journal PLoS One.
The safety of Bayer's acne pill Diane 35 was confirmed Tuesday by the European Commission, a move that will compel France to allow sales of the drug. France is the only country in the European Union to suspend the pill's sales following four deaths that were tied to its use in the last 25 years. "The product is entitled to be sold on the market in France," the commission's health affairs spokesman, Frederic Vincent, said.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces suffered a setback on Tuesday when a state appellate court ruled that the legislation violates the state principle of separation of powers. "The Board of Health overstepped the boundaries of its lawfully delegated authority when it promulgated the portion cap rule to curtail the consumption of soda drinks," Justice Dianne T. Renwick wrote for the court.