Reportedly, sales of sugary drinks dropped by 38% in Philadelphia once the city started taxes on soda and other sweet drinks in 2017, as per to a study. The study was published in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). Philadelphia charged a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sweet drinks since January 1, 2017, after Berkeley, California, as the next city in the country to execute the levy. The supporters disputed that soda taxes could dampen people from consuming sugary drinks, perhaps helping in reducing diabetes, obesity, and other diet-related conditions. The critics say administrations should not say aloud what people drink, and increasing the price in one city would simply lead people to shop elsewhere.
The beverage sales in Philadelphia city declined by 51% but were partly offset by a boost in sales just external the city, out causing a net decline in soda sales of 38% in the area, scientists from the UPenn (University of Pennsylvania) found. To calculate how Philadelphia’s tax impacted sugary drinks sales, researchers studied scanner information from market research company IRI during the year prior the tax came into effect and the year after that. They studied sales in Philadelphia along with neighboring communities, and Baltimore that served as a control group. They did not analyze people’s real consumption behaviors or health outcomes.
Recently, the UPenn was in news for its study that stated that dangerous blood clots might be the new risk from “bad cholesterol.” The LDL cholesterol—also called “bad” cholesterol—is recognized to narrow arteries that can cause strokes and heart attacks. It is also now believed of assisting to VTE (venous thromboembolism), as per to new research. The study was presented at the AHA’s (American Heart Association) Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions. The research looked at proteins and genes that may manipulate VTE, a medical condition that causes potentially hazardous blood clots to form in the arms or legs that can break free and go to the lungs.