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WHO European region launches status report on oral health
The World Health Organization (WHO) European region recently released a status report on oral health, emphasizing that national health coverage packages must expand access to oral healthcare services.
April 21, 2023
Sugary drink tax may reduce healthcare costs
Residents in Oakland, CA, have bought fewer sugary beverages since a local soda tax went into effect.
April 20, 2023
USDA proposes limiting sugar in school meals
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on February 3 a proposal to revamp nutrition standards, limiting the amounts of sugar in school meals. The proposal would limit added sugars in certain products and eventually the weekly menu and allow flavored milk with limits on added sugar.
February 2, 2023
Which beverages cause the most dental erosion?
Which type of sugary drink causes the greatest amount of dental erosion to baby teeth? Researchers soaked 52 extracted molars in flavored milk, orange juice, and Pepsi for four weeks to find out. They shared their results in an article published on September 6 in the
Pediatric Dental Journal
September 7, 2022
How sugar taxes impact low-income communities
Research published June 1 in
JAMA Open Network
provides compelling evidence that sugar-sweetened beverage taxes decrease consumption of sugary drinks. Though the evidence is convincing, the study's authors urge policymakers to consider the larger impact of these taxes on society.
June 2, 2022
Are sugar taxes actually effective?
More than 45 countries and local jurisdictions have implemented taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. But are these taxes effective? To find out, researchers systematically reviewed and meta analyzed existing literature in a new article published June 1 in
JAMA Network Open
June 1, 2022
Pictorial health warnings curb purchases of sugary drinks for children
A picture may be worth a thousand words of warning about the dangers of sugar, according to research published on February 1 in
. Parents were less inclined to purchase sugary drinks for their children if the products contained pictorial health warnings, the study found.
February 1, 2022
BDA wants junk food brands banned from sports
The British Dental Association (BDA) wants junk food brands to stop sponsoring sporting events and for players to stop promoting sugary drinks, unhealthy fast food, and candy, according to an article published on July 5 in
BDJ in Practice
July 7, 2021
Philadelphia's soda tax still works 2 years later
Two years after Philadelphia implemented its soda tax, the volume of purchased sweetened drinks has declined by 42% and sugar consumption has fallen by 34% per person, according to a June 15 paper in
JAMA Network Open
June 15, 2021
Your gut may crave sugar more than your taste buds
Sugar cravings may be driven by more than just taste buds, according to a study published on April 15 in
. Researchers discovered sugar activated the brains of mice -- even when it was deposited straight into their guts.
April 23, 2020
Soda taxes produce mixed results in new studies
Soda taxes in several U.S. cities have produced mixed results, according to a series of new studies. While a tax in Seattle and a short-lived tax in Chicago reduced sugary drink sales, Philadelphia's soda tax didn't have a significant impact.
March 3, 2020
Sugary drinks aren't so sugary after U.K. tax law
The sugar content of sodas sold in the U.K. is going down, according to new research published on January 13 in
. The reduction in sugar content is likely because of changing consumer habits, but also because a tiered tax law went into effect in 2018.
January 20, 2020
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