A summary of important health news from the past week.
Women's cancer deaths expected to rise 60% by 2030
According to a report from the American Cancer Society, the amount of women dying from cancer around the world is estimated to increase to 5.5 million by 2030. This is an increase of 60% from death rates calculated in 2012. The greatest increases are seen in low- and middle-income countries.
Too much heat in the kitchen may increase your risk of heart disease
A new study in the journal Nutrition is studying the health risks of cooking your foods at high temperatures. Foods cooked at higher temperature release chemicals that could potentially toxic to the body. This could also account for some of the health risks that are associated with cooking foods in oil, which could account for some of the high rates of heart disease in many of South Asian countries.
The price of Insulin, the life saving treatment for diabetes, has increased by over 200%. 6 million Americans depend on this drug that is only produced by 3 different companies, with no generic brand option. "'Prices are set by the pharmaceutical companies at whatever the market will bear,' Dr. Kesselheim, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told NBC News."
University tries out ban on sweetened beverages
The University of California, San Francisco has convinced all campus vendors to stop selling beverages with added sugars. The initiative was spearheaded by School of Medicine health policy professor Laura Schmidt and took about three years to get all vendors on board. The ban, which took place in July of 2015, does not include diet drinks or fruit juice.
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