Tagged: cardiovascular disease

Eric Crampton on the sugar tax and Otago’s response - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 06, 2018

Otago’s public health people, perhaps unsurprisingly, didn’t like NZIER’s take on sugar taxes. They’ve blogged on it here, but they seem to have missed a few important points. A Report commissioned by the Ministry of Health, written by NZIER, has recently been getting air-time as an argument against taxing sugary drinks.  However, the Report seems to us to be … Read More

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 23, 2018

Noortje Uphoff, University of York This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents … Read More

Alcohol heartbreaker - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 01, 2015

The correlation between alcohol consumption and any particular disorder matters a lot less than the link between alcohol consumption and overall mortality. Anti-alcohol folks like to talk a lot about that alcohol consumption increases cancer risk (while ignoring that moderate consumption reduces stroke and heart disease); the other side downplays the cancer link while highlighting the cardiovascular benefits. They’re … Read More

Declan Waugh claims it’s “clear as day” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 06, 2014

Declan Waugh is an anti-fluoride propagandist who specialises in naively distorting scientific and medical information to “prove” community water fluoridation (CWF) is dangerous. A common tactic of his is to select, really cherry-pick, medical data to show the mortality or disease … Continue reading → … Read More

Vitamin D: “Silver bullet or fool’s gold?” - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 21, 2012

Vitamin D has had big raps lately.  We know that low levels of it correlate with higher levels of some diseases, but does taking a supplement help?  An article in the Herald this morning by Martin Johnson nicely outlines a study  being undertaken by Professor Robert Scragg of the University of Auckland.  His is the … Continue reading » … Read More

The salt debate continues - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Aug 02, 2011

A new comment just published in The Lancet resurrects the salt debate yet again, following the publication of the controversial Cochrane report on salt last month (6 July). The plain language summary of the Cochrane report stated, ’Cutting down on the amount of salt has no clear benefits in terms of likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease.’ … Read More