Blog: Continuing the fight against privatisation
The privatisation of public services has been nothing short of a catastrophic failure. Successive governments of various political stripes have sold off services to the highest bidder, and it’s the public and those who support them who’ve been the hardest hit. UNISON has always been at the forefront of the fight against privatisation – and for public services delivered by the public sector, not for private profit. For decades we have fought the rising tide of profiteering at the expense of decent jobs, decent pay and decent services. Hardly a month goes by without another report showing that privatisation...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News privatisation TUC Source Type: news

John McCain Hated the Affordable Care Act. He Also Saved It
This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News (KHN), a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emmarie Huetteman / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare healthytime Source Type: news

Using the Skills of an Epidemiologist for EMS
Do you want to be more effective serving your community? Would understanding how to put your data to work benefit your organization? If you’ve collected data, chances are you could benefit from the insight of an epidemiologist. By discovering what an epidemiologist does, and how they work in the EMS industry, you can have a better understanding of the data you’re collecting and gain insight into the areas you want to make improvements. What Is an Epidemiologist? If you have data but don’t have an epidemiologist, it can be like doing your taxes without tax software or an accountant. Sure, you could probabl...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Using the Skills of an Epidemiologist for EMS
Conclusion Overall, an epidemiologist has experience and skills that can encompass the entire process of gathering data to getting it in the hands of others in an easy to digest way for actionable change. The information and data you collect from a patient goes beyond the patient themselves and can be utilized for improving other patient care and establishing or changing protocols. Make a bigger impact within your organization and community by bringing in another team player: the epidemiologist. (Source: JEMS Special Topics)
Source: JEMS Special Topics - August 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Why Pennsylvania can ’t afford to take the HIT
Imagine being charged nearly $50 million a day in taxes. This is exactly what will happen to American employers and consumers in 2020 if Congress does not act once again to delay the Health Insurance Tax this year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 24, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Gene Barr Source Type: news

Militant groups influence local policies during conflict
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) Through intimidation and political influence, illegal militant groups influenced local taxes and property rights during the Colombian Conflict, according to a study led by Princeton University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sixteenth Street not moving forward with West Milwaukee clinic
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers said late Monday that it has backed off a plan to open a clinic in the village of West Milwaukee after failing to reach an agreement with village administrators. The nonprofit’s plan had faced resistance from the village board over the amount of money Sixteenth Street was willing to pay in lieu of property taxes and whether a clinic was the highest and best use of the property. The issues were raised in a village board meeting Aug. 6. Sixteenth Street,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David Schuyler Source Type: news

Blog: You can attack us all you want – we aren’t going anywhere
Everyone who has ever received support from UNISON knows how vital our union’s activists are. In every branch, they are the beating heart of the union, UNISON members working tirelessly to support other UNISON members around the clock and all year round. Without UNISON activists, there would be no UNISON. And yet, year after year, our union and our activists come under fire from those who would strip many of them of the facility time they – and their employers – rely on. Once again, the so-called “Taxpayers Alliance” – who seem to oppose public spending more than they represent the major...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News facility time Source Type: news

USDA to Relocate ERS and NIFA, Realign ERS
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its intent to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to a location(s) outside of Washington D.C. by the end of 2019. The new location(s) has not been determined. The move is a part of a broader reorganization effort at the USDA and will impact as many as 700 employees, primarily scientists and economic researchers, about 400 at NIFA and 300 at ERS. Plans indicate that employees who decide to move from their current locations in the Washington, DC area will receive relocation assistance and the s...
Source: Public Policy Reports - August 20, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Appeals court shoots down Medtronic win in IRS feud
A federal appeals court yesterday shot down a U.S. Tax Court decision in a longrunning transfer prcing dispute between Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS maintains that Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic owes $1.4 billion in back taxes for transfer pricing arrangements among the company’s various units during the tax years 2005 and 2006. In transfer pricing, income is allocated among branches in different countries. It’s a legal tax maneuver companies can use to attribute profits from a product made and sold in the U.S. to a unit in a foreign country. The federal...
Source: Mass Device - August 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Wall Street Beat Medtronic U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Source Type: news

Eyes turn to Legislature as another major Texas city passes sick leave ordinance
Despite the San Antonio City Council adopting a paid sick leave ordinance on Thursday, many believe it is unlikely to effect next August as scheduled. While concerns were raised in council chambers about the impact on businesses and taxpayers of mandating such employee benefits, one council member who voted in favor of the ordinance doesn’t give it much chance of surviving the Texas Legislature. “I believe this is dead on arrival,” Counci lman Manny Pelaez-Prada said. The City Council approved,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Eyes turn to Legislature as another major Texas city passes sick leave ordinance
Despite the San Antonio City Council adopting a paid sick leave ordinance on Thursday, many believe it is unlikely to effect next August as scheduled. While concerns were raised in council chambers about the impact on businesses and taxpayers of mandating such employee benefits, one council member who voted in favor of the ordinance doesn’t give it much chance of surviving the Texas Legislature. “I believe this is dead on arrival,” Counci lman Manny Pelaez-Prada said. The City Council approved,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Hawaii Medical Service Association reports net income of $56M for Q2 2018
The Hawaii Medical Service Association reported net income of $56.8 million for the second quarter of 2018. The health insurer said the net gain helps offset the $67.8 million in Affordable Care Act fees the company recorded in the first quarter. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners requires all health plans to record a year’s worth of ACA fees and taxes in January. “The best way to keep health care affordable for everyone is to improve the health and well-being of our members… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Anna Hrushka Source Type: news

Hawaii Medical Service Association reports net income of $56M for Q2 2018
The Hawaii Medical Service Association reported net income of $56.8 million for the second quarter of 2018. The health insurer said the net gain helps offset the $67.8 million in Affordable Care Act fees the company recorded in the first quarter. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners requires all health plans to record a year’s worth of ACA fees and taxes in January. “The best way to keep health care affordable for everyone is to improve the health and well-being of our members… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anna Hrushka Source Type: news

Electromed touts SmartVest non-cystic fybrosis bronchiectasis study data
Electromed (NSDQ:ELMD) today released results from an independent clinical study exploring the use of high frequency chest wall oscillation therapy with its SmartVest, touting that it significantly reduced severe exacerbations and hospitalizations for non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis patients. Findings from the study were presented at the World Bronchiectasis Conference in Washington D.C., the New Prague, Minn.-based company said. “Preventing exacerbations and maintaining pulmonary function is vital to the health and well-being of bronchiectasis patients. This independent study builds on previously publis...
Source: Mass Device - August 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Electromed Source Type: news

Home health operator given jail time for stealing from MassHealth
The owner of a Boston-based home health agency has been sentenced to serve two to three years in state prison after defrauding Medicaid out of millions of dollars. Elena Kurbatzky, 45, was sentenced on Friday to two to three years in state prison, with three years of probation, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. She must also return up to $1.8 million of the nearly $3 million she stole from the taxpayer-funded insurance plan. Kurbatzky w as convicted in early August after a… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

The New Health Care: The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare ’ s Prescription Drug Program
Premiums have risen very little in the years since Medicare Part D was introduced. But the same cannot be said of the burden on taxpayers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AUSTIN FRAKT Tags: Medicare Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Why is the Trump administration using billions in taxpayer dollars to subsidize GMO agriculture?
(Natural News) When President Trump first took office, there was renewed hope among anti-GMO activists that he would take positive action to curtail the $350 billion-a-year biotechnology industry. After all, both on the campaign trail and for the first 353 days of his presidency he never mentioned the words biotechnology, CRISPR, eugenics, gene therapy or... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ACOs Failing to Deliver, Says CMS in Issuing Proposed Overhaul ACOs Failing to Deliver, Says CMS in Issuing Proposed Overhaul
Stopping short of calling Medicare's accountable care organizations (ACOs) a failure, federal officials said that instead of generating savings, the alternative payment system has been costing taxpayers money.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

For Pennies a Drink, Higher Taxes Would Help Counter Alcohol's Toll: Study
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds. Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

CMS Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program. This program, established by the Affordable Care Act, is the program through which most of Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. Presently, for the first six years ACOs receive a shared savings payment from CMS when they keep costs down, but do not have to pay taxpayers back when costs are high, allowing them to transition to a new service delivery model without risk. The proposed rule would reduce the amount of time that an ACO can remain in the program without taking on ...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Higher alcohol taxes are cost-effective in reducing alcohol harms
(Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs) Increasing taxes on alcohol is one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing the harms caused by alcohol consumption, according to research in the new issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tobacco-funded group sues over Montana citizen tax measure
A tobacco industry-funded group is asking the Montana Supreme Court to rewrite a ballot initiative that would raise tobacco taxes to pay for the state's Medicaid expansion and other health programs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Blog: Our whole union stands by our members in Northamptonshire
For years now, UNISON has been drawing attention to the disastrous mis-management, poor leadership and chronic underfunding of Northamptonshire County Council – and demanding change. Northamptonshire has become a watchword for local government failure, and a salutary warning to those who believe that privatisation is the answer for local services. This is a council that has pursued an extreme low council tax, high outsourcing policy that has pushed the authority to the very brink – leading to a government investigation that recommended abolishing the county council altogether. Yet as I wrote earlier this year ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News local government Northamptonshire Source Type: news

New York and Chicago resort to mafia-style tax tactics to prevent their "tax farm" citizens from escaping
(Natural News) Since 2010, more people have migrated away from New York and Chicago than any other major metropolitan areas in the U.S. These two cities were once robust, attractive for industry, innovation, and immigration. In the past two decades these cities have been driven into the ground by liberals who believe that taxation leads... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DEPOPULATION: Democrat candidate wants to tax you for having more than two children, but an unlimited number of illegals are invited to cross the border unimpeded
(Natural News) If you haven’t yet heard the name Scott Wallace, all you really need to know is that it’s synonymous with evil. We’re talking about Scott Wallace, the Democrat congressional candidate from Pennsylvania who maintains that parents of more than two children are “irresponsible breeders” deserving of higher taxes. This wealthy, privileged, long-time advocate... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate taxes on agriculture could lead to more food insecurity than climate change itself
(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) New IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts of climate change. Smarter, inclusive policies are necessary instead. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Government owes workers millions one year on from employment tribunal fees win
Thousands of people treated unfairly at work have still not been refunded hundreds of pounds they paid out to take their employers to court, says UNISON today (Thursday). It is a year today since a landmark Supreme Court decision led to the scrapping of employment tribunal fees, following a successful legal case brought by UNISON. But since then, the government has refunded just £6.6m despite collecting £32m in fees from claimants who had previously paid to take their cases to an employment tribunal. The latest official tribunals statistics reveal that claims have soared since last summer&rs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea government Legal legal services supreme court tribunal fees Source Type: news

Government owes workers millions one year on from employment tribunal win, says UNISON
Thousands of people treated unfairly at work have still not been refunded hundreds of pounds they paid out to take their employers to court, says UNISON today (Thursday). It is a year today since a landmark Supreme Court decision led to the scrapping of employment tribunal fees, following a successful legal case brought by UNISON. But since then, the government has refunded just £6.6m despite collecting £32m in fees from claimants who had previously paid to take their cases to an employment tribunal. The latest official tribunals statistics reveal that claims have soared since last summer&rs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea government Legal legal services supreme court tribunal fees Source Type: news

House panel to vote today on medical device tax repeal
A panel in the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote today on a measure that would do away altogether with the medical device tax. Although the 2.3% levy on prescribed medical devices was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it didn’t go into effect until 2012 and was mothballed two years later; that moratorium, extended earlier this year, is slated to end in 2020. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), facing a tough re-election campaign, is taking yet another run at repealing the medical device tax. Paulsen, who filed his first bill to repeal the tax back in 2010, introduced ...
Source: Mass Device - July 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Capitol Hill medicaldevicetax Source Type: news

It ’ s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political
More people than ever are discussing periods in public, including a push for “ menstrual equity ” and an end to tampon taxes. We explain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KAREN ZRAICK Tags: Menstruation Women and Girls Sales and Excise Taxes Hygiene and Cleanliness Source Type: news

India ditches ‘tampon tax’ after protests
The country’s government cuts taxes on goods to spur consumer demand (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NHS pledge raises pressure for higher taxes, warns OBR
Theresa May’s health spending commitment seen to put public finances at risk (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Congress Considers Bill To Make Gym Memberships, Fitness Classes Tax Deductible
Headed to the gym this summer? You may soon be able to claim a tax benefit for the trip. The House Ways and Means Committee has advanced a bill which would grant taxpayers a break on gym memberships and fitness classes. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Oklahoma Medicaid approved for drug pricing experiment
Oklahoma's Medicaid program is the nation's first to be approved to experiment with a new way of paying for prescription drugs that supporters say could save taxpayer dollars and provide patients with the most effective drugs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa:North West Health Department Tows Mediosa Health Units
[News24Wire] North West MEC for health Magome Masike said that the department had sent out tow trucks to collect mobile units belonging to Gupta-linked company Mediosa in its bid to recoup what it said was taxpayers' money lost to Mediosa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:North West Health Works Towards Recouping Mediosa Money
[Govt of SA] MEC Magome Masike says the Department of Health is working towards recouping taxpayers' money lost to Mediosa Company. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Rule Change to Protect Medicaid Provider Payments
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule change to the Medicaid Provider Reassignment regulation. In 2014, this regulation was revised with a new exception authorizing the state to divert Medicaid payments to third parties to fund other costs on behalf of providers. This rule would eliminate that exception in an effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars dedicated to providing healthcare services for low-income patients are not diverted inappropriately. CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule change. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Matt Hancock appointed health secretary in cabinet reshuffle
Mr Hancock must address funding shortfall, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Integration of health and social care lacks ‘transparency’ ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS England last met a key target in February 2016 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AdvaMed readies media push ahead of House vote on medical device tax repeal
The lobbying group that represents the medical device industry’s heaviest hitters is planning an all-out D.C. media blitz ahead of an expected vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on permanently repealing the medtech tax. Although the 2.3% levy on prescribed medical devices was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it didn’t go into effect until 2012 and was mothballed two years later; that moratorium, extended earlier this year, is slated to end in 2020. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), facing a tough re-election campaign, is taking yet another run at repealing the medical device tax.&...
Source: Mass Device - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Capitol Hill medicaldevicetax Source Type: news

Bovie Medical to deal core electro-cautery biz to Symmetry Surgical for $97m
Bovie Medical (NYSE:BVX) shares rode a roller coaster today on the news that it’s dealing its core electro-cautery business to Symmetry Surgical for $97 million and is on track to beat estimates with its second-quarter sales. Clearwater, Fla.-based Bovie, which is making a pivot toward the cosmetic surgery market, said the all-cash deal for the electrosurgical and cauteries business includes its namesake brand. It also involves transition services, patent licensing, disposables supply and generator manufacturing agreements; Bovie said the latter term sets it up as an OEM supplier to Symmetry “at least...
Source: Mass Device - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Mergers & Acquisitions Surgical Wall Street Beat Source Type: news

California Lawmakers Capitulate to Industry, Ban Sugary Drink Tax California Lawmakers Capitulate to Industry, Ban Sugary Drink Tax
The new bill restricts new local taxes on sugary drinks but allows jurisdictions to retain taxes already in place to curb consumption of these products, which are linked with diabetes and heart disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Scott Pruitt Steps Down From EPA
The embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator resigns amid persistent questions about his ethics and use of taxpayer dollars. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 5, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Feds indict 9 in $950m Operation “ Spinal Cap ” fraud case
US federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice this week unsealed charges against nine new defendants they claim are part of a long-running healthcare fraud case responsible for more than $950 million in fraudulent claims. The fraud scheme was reportedly run by former Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot, who was involved in more than $40 million in illegal kickbacks paid to medical professionals in exchange for referrals for patients who received treatment at the hospital, according to a DoJ release. Included in the charges are Pacific Hospital orthopedic surgeons Daniel Capen, Timothy Hun...
Source: Mass Device - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Spinal U.S. Justice Dept. (DOJ) Source Type: news

Thinking About Implementing A Soda Tax? Here Is A'How To' Guide
A new World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) report summarizes which locations have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes and the lessons learned. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Thinking About Implementing A Soda Tax? Here Is A'How To' Guide
A new World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) report summarizes which locations have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes and the lessons learned. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Study: 21 Percent Of Mass. Adults Used Marijuana In Past 30 Days
BOSTON (CBS) – One-fifth of Massachusetts adults had used marijuana in the past 30 days, with one-third of those admitting to driving while under the influence of marijuana, a statewide study released Friday by state public health officials has found. Marijuana use was highest among 18-to-25 year-olds, the study found. The study, conducted by the state Department of Public Health, was mandated by state lawmakers as part of revisions to the 2016 adult-use marijuana law. The purpose of the study was to investigate the patterns of use, methods of consumption, and general perceptions of marijuana; incidents of impai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Marijuana Source Type: news

California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding.
The bill to pre-empt taxes is part of a wider industry effort to skip cities and go straight to the states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANAHAD O ’ CONNOR and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Soft Drinks Sales and Excise Taxes Law and Legislation States (US) American Beverage Assn California Source Type: news

California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes
Soda taxes may stop popping up in California and elsewhere thanks to a new push by the beverage industry to fight such measures. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news