Sugary Soft Drinks Linked to Accelerated Aging

You knew that drinking sugary sodas could lead to obesity, diabetes and heart attacks — but, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, it may also speed up your body’s aging process. - Lindsey Bever via Study: Sugary sodas linked to accelerated aging - The Washington Post.

Energy Drinks May Pose Public Health Danger

Over 70 percent of young adults (aged 18 to 29 years) who drink energy drinks mix them with alcohol, according to an EFSA study. Numerous studies have shown that this practice is more risky than drinking alcohol only, possibly because these drinks make it harder for people to notice when they are getting drunk. - Frontiers [...]

Time To Warn Drinkers About The Risk Of Cancer

Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol. Alcohol is estimated to cost the Australian economy A$36 billion a year in preventable [...]

The Racial Discrimination Act needs strengthening – not weakening: a public health perspective

We are having the wrong debate about the Racial Discrimination Act. Rather than moving to water it down, we should be investigating how the Act might be strengthened in order to reduce the public health burden of racism. This argument is made below by Deakin University academics, Dr Naomi Priest, a Senior Research Fellow in [...]

Should And Will The Drinking Age Ever Be Raised To 21?

Paul Dillon Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) With the discussion around alcohol-related violence reaching a fever-pitch over the Christmas/New Year period it was not surprising to once again see the issue of raising the legal drinking age brought up once again. Over the years that I have been working in the alcohol [...]

Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong

Recently released government figures show levels of childhood vaccination have fallen to dangerously low levels in some areas of Australia, resulting in some corners of the media claiming re-ignition of “the vaccine debate”. Well, scientifically, there’s no debate. In combination with clean water and sanitation, vaccines are one of the most effective public health measures [...]

Childhood Trauma- ‘The single greatest preventable cause of mental illness’

"Childhood trauma, in public health, is probably considered today the single greatest preventable cause of mental illness," Dr. Ken Spiegelman, a Manchester pediatrician, told an audience of school nurses at a recent training session on trauma. The presentation included this quote, from Dr. Steven Sharfstein, former president of the American Psychiatric Association: "Trauma is to [...]

Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies

'There is now evidence to show that the food, drink and alcohol industries use similar tactics to the tobacco companies to undermine public health interventions.' The report found that the ten largest global companies now control more than 15 per cent of all food sales - and the majority of these comprise of unhealthy food [...]

Alcohol, Ultraprocessed food killing us

ALCOHOL and processed food companies are employing the same tactics as Big Tobacco to increase their profits at the expense of people's lives, health experts say. The tactics used include industry-funded biased research, political donations, ghost-writing of public policy and campaigns blaming individuals for their choices, an article in The Lancet said on Tuesday. Trusting [...]

Doctors target gun violence as a social disease

Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes, say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease. What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, [...]

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