Sin Taxing the Poor Ignores Institutional Problems

Taxes on unhealthy products such as alcohol, tobacco, soft drinks, and junk food do not disproportionately penalize the poor, according to The Lancet Taskforce on Non-communicable Diseases. However, a commentary published in The Lancet on 4 March suggests a more subtle conclusion. Lawrence Summers, the commentary’s author, explores the idea that sin taxes are regressive—that is, poorer people pay a larger proportion of their income on … Continue reading Sin Taxing the Poor Ignores Institutional Problems

Incidence of Leukemia increases in white Hispanic children

The incidence of childhood leukemia is rising among white Hispanic children in the United States, according to researchers from the University of California system. Researchers analyzed data obtained from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute, which provides statistical information about cancer in the United States. The data on childhood leukemia, collected between 1992 and 2013, suggests that the … Continue reading Incidence of Leukemia increases in white Hispanic children

Obesity is a Mentality Problem

The greatest challenge to addressing obesity in the United States is changing America’s perspective on the disease. What is obesity? Obesity is a more extreme form of being overweight. Overweight individuals have excess body weight. A human’s weight comes from muscles, bone, fat, and water, but excess body fat is the greatest health concern. The body mass index (BMI) calculator is a generalized tool used … Continue reading Obesity is a Mentality Problem

HPV Vaccinations for Males…and the Public Good

Vaccinating women against the human papillomavirus (HPV) has been strongly recommended in the UK since the vaccine became widely available in 2006. Now there is growing incentive to vaccinate men as well. Earlier this year, the United Kingdom Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization announced another delay in the comprehensive HPV vaccination of teenage boys1,2. The news highlights misinformation about the HPV vaccine and the … Continue reading HPV Vaccinations for Males…and the Public Good