A summary of important health news from the past week.
An 'Added Sugar' Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that by July 2018 most food labels must include a line noting how much sugar was added to the food. Additionally, serving size and calories per serving must be displayed more prominently. Advocates of the change hope this will compel consumers to make more informed choices and food companies to reduce the amount of added sugar.
Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000, but health inequalities persist
The World Health Organization's (WHO) “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs” report notes that global life expectancy rose 5 years between 2000 and 2015. The gains were greatest in Africa, which rose 9.4 years due largely to improvements in child survival, malaria eradication, and more access to HIV medications. However, these gains are uneven both between and within countries. For example, men in Switzerland have an 81.3 year life expectancy while men in Sierra Leone have only a 49.3 year life expectancy and women have a 50.8 year life expectancy.
A Primer: How The Fight Against Zika Might Be Funded
Funding to fight the Zika virus is a topic of debate in Congress, with the Senate proposing $1.1 billion dedicated funds and the House pushing for $622 million. President Obama has argued for higher, citing $1.9 billion as the necessary amount. Monies for Zika would be funneled to areas with the highest Zika risk as well as to fund vaccine development and global strategies.
People With HIV Are Less Likely To Get Cancer Treatment
A recent study found that treatment rates for most cancers is dramatically reduced in patients with HIV. This includes chemotherapy, survey, and radiation. There are many contribute factors for the discrepancy, such as a lack of national guidelines for treating cancer in patients with HIV. Having insurance is not a contributing factor.
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