— Berkeley, local groups throw support behind Philly soda tax
The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, which went into effect in January, is projected by the city to bring in $92 million a year in revenue. The money funds a pre-K program, community schools, and, in smaller part, Kenney’s Rebuild program for park and recreation centers citywide.

The New York Times — Patients lose sight after stem cells are injected into their eyes
Three women suffered severe, permanent eye damage after stem cells were injected into their eyes, in an unproven treatment at a loosely regulated clinic in Florida, doctors reported in an article published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The cases expose gaps in the ability of government health agencies to protect consumers from unproven treatments offered by entrepreneurs who promote the supposed healing power of stem cells.

USA Today — Climate change is making us sick, top U.S. doctors say
From increases in deadly diseases to choking air pollution and onslaughts of violent weather, man-made climate change is making Americans sicker, according to a report released Wednesday by 11 of the nation’s top medical societies. The report was prepared by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, a new group that represents more than 400,000 doctors, who make up more than half of all U.S. physicians.

The Washington Post —New federal emergency fund proposed to respond to public health outbreaks
Ever since the Ebola and Zika epidemics, public health officials have advocated for a special emergency fund that would allow the United States to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks. This budget blueprint creates a new Federal Emergency Response Fund, but provides no specifics about how large it would be or where the funds will come from.

Kaiser Health News — Sticker shock forces thousands of cancer patients to skip drugs, skimp on treatment
A 2013 study in The Oncologist found that 24 percent of all cancer patients chose not to fill a prescription due to cost, while about 20 percent filled only part of a prescription or took less than the prescribed amount. A February study published in Cancer had similar findings, with about 10 percent skipping medication or taking less than prescribed, and 14 percent delaying filling a prescription.

The Pump Handle — Insurance losses under proposed ACA replacement a matter of life and death (feat. APHA)
The point is that having health insurance — actually having that card in your hand, not just having access to having it — is truly a matter of life and death. It’s not a stretch to say that members of Congress truly have people’s lives in their hands.