Topic: Lifestyle

NEWS: NYT: Disturbing Details About ‘Cheers’ Study

A new National Institute of Health (NIH) report reveals disturbing details about coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have changed America’s alcohol consumption habits.
The New York Times writes: “It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of [Alcohol Consumption]. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’…

NEWS: NIH Shuts Down Controversial Alcohol Study

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has terminated a controversial study examining whether consuming small amounts of alcohol every day could improve health. An investigation at the NIH concluded that the $100 million trial had been tainted by funding appeals to the alcohol industry, and its credibility compromised by frequent and early interactions between alcohol industry executives, scientists and government officials…

REPORT: Significant Decline In Australian Teen Substance Use

A new study finds a significant decline in teen substance use, including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. A mix of tighter laws and education programs targeted at schools and parents had contributed to this very positive development…

BLOG: How To Expose “Scientists” Casting Doubt About Science – The Case Of Alcohol And Cancer

With his New York Times blog “A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems” Aaron E. Carroll is guilty of public health nihilism. In his response, Viktor comments on and corrects some points Mr Carroll made and highlights some of Carroll’s logical fallacies in the attempt to cast doubt on the science about alcohol and cancer…

NEWS: USA: Cancer Doctors Highlight Alcohol Policy

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which represents many of the country’s leading cancer doctors, is highlighting the ties between alcohol and cancer and the important role evidence-based alcohol policy measures play in preventing and reducing alcohol-related cancer risk…

BLOG: Detrimental Effect Of Alcohol On HIV Treatment Adherence

The mechanisms and interactions between alcohol and HIV are several but can conceptually be described as behavioral and biological. This blog summarizes a meta analysis about the detrimental effect of alcohol on HIV treatment adherence and explores the question of which levels of alcohol consumption might be most problematic…

BLOG: Diabetes And Other NCDs In Africa: Looming Disaster

The healthcare systems in our countries in Sub-Saharan Africa already are despicable. We have not yet embraced preventive care and we are “developing” in frank terms quite poorly. We do not have universal health coverage and out of pocket expenditure for people to pay for health care is staggering – often forcing them to choose between health or food…

BLOG: Make Alcohol Policy The Priority It Must Be

A crisp analysis of the alcohol progress report for the WHO European Region and an urgent call for more action and leadership to do what we know is the right and most effective way forward…