House Majority leader pulls back on health care legislation after receiving mixed support and criticism from GOP; recent study analyzes the prevalence of gun-related injuries among children; and nations globally recognize World Malaria Day. Read these and more public health news stories for April 25, 2013.
Reuters – Sugary drinks can raise diabetes risk by 22 percent: study
Drinking just one can of sugar-laced soda drink a day increases the risk of developing diabetes by more than a fifth, according to a large European study published on Wednesday.
Using data from 350,000 people in eight European countries, researchers found that every extra 12 fluid ounce (340 ml) serving of sugar-sweetened drink raises the risk of diabetes by 22 percent compared with drinking just one can a month or less.
“Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population,” said Dora Romaguera, who led with study with a team at Imperial College London.
Washington Post – House GOP leadership falls on health vote
House Republican leaders suffered a humiliating legislative setback Wednesday when a large faction of GOP lawmakers rebelled against a leadership proposal that had drawn the opposition of powerful outside activists.
The mutiny forced House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) to abruptly pull from the floor legislation to shore up a program that allows people with preexisting health conditions to buy into an insurance pool for high-risk patients before they are able to transition to coverage under President Obama’s health-care law.
Slate – Sex worker advocates ask New York to stop punishing people for having condoms
Tuesday, advocates for the health and well-being of sex workers lobbied in Albany for the passage of a bill banning the use of condoms as criminal evidence in prostitution cases. Proponents of the bill—a similar version of which already exists in San Francisco—argue that allowing condoms to be used as evidence for prostitution discourages prostitutes and their customers from using them. Supporters of the law such as the Red Umbrella Project state that passing the bill is not an endorsement of prostitution, but “a common sense measure to ensure that people can protect themselves and each other” from disease and unwanted pregnancy.
CNN – Kids and guns: ‘These are not isolated tragedies’
Dr. Angela Sauaia and her colleagues intended to study the impact modernized playground equipment had on lowering children’s injury rates. They ended up studying kids’ injury rates from guns instead.
The associate professor of public health, medicine and surgery at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurorasaid she was neither motivated by the recent mass shooting in her area nor driven by politics.
“My colleagues and I were doing a study on playground injuries, because they were doing some remodeling projects here, and we wanted to see if that would change the playground injury rate,”Sauaia said.
The Atlantic – How the DEA finally caught Kermit Gosnell
Amid criticism of America’s continued war on drugs, Dr. Kermit Gosnell — who could have been arrested for murder years earlier if medical oversight agencies had been more vigilant — was only taken down when he crossed the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Guardian – World Malaria Day: no time for complacency
It’s World Malaria Day on 25 April and the theme for this year, and until 2015, is: “Invest in the future: defeat malaria“. Efforts to encourage investment in malaria prevention are nothing new, but they take on a new meaning this year with the replenishment of the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria – which funds 60-70% of all international investments in malaria – scheduled for the autumn.