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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

3/3/15 Health News:Soft drink tax could improve health ♦ Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City's rats ♦ nitrate supplementation may increase athletic performance

Soft drink tax could improve health of the nation  An excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be an effective way to improve the health of heavy consumers, new research shows. Australian researchers compared the impact that a 20 per cent sales tax and a 20 cents per litre excise tax on beverages such as carbonated non-diet soft drinks, cordials and fruit drinks would have on moderate and high consumers  Continue Reading
Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City's rats  In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. Among them: 500-plus Oriental rat fleas, notorious for their role in transmitting the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death  Continue Reading
Why nitrate supplementation may increase athletic performance   Walk down the aisles of any food supplement store and you'll see that the use of nitrate supplements by athletes and fitness buffs has been popular for years. The hope is that these supplements will increase endurance, and possibly other performance/health benefits, by improving the efficiency at which muscles use oxygen. Now, a research study helps explain how some of these supplements may work Continue Reading

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