UK Sugar Tax

A new levy is set to come into force in the UK in 2018 on ‘soft drinks' that are not pure fruit or milk-based and contain concentrations of sugar >5g/100ml e.g. fizzy/carbonated drinks in particular

The policy announcement comes in response to interventions by senior healthcare professionals/public figures, and is pitched at helping to combat major, life threatening public health issues linked to sugar consumption e.g. obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's

Improving child health and vitality is the primary objective of the initiative and, in England, proceeds from the tax are to be invested in increasing sporting participation at primary schools

Laudable as the aims may be, unfortunately the paternalistic measure has come in for a lot of criticism, for example given that:

Good News for ME!

In it's phase 2 trial in Norway, the anti cancer drug Rituximab appears to have delivered markedly positive outcomes in as many as two thirds of cases. This offers hope both those of us who have the enigmatic, and to-date incurable, neurological condition ME/CFS (aka ‘M.E.', ‘CFS', ‘SEID'). It also further underscores the belief held by researchers such as myself that the condition may be linked to insidious self-harming effects of certain immune agents (B-lymphocytes and their CNS glial equivalents)

Having said all of that, trials elsewhere are not all finding the drug to be terribly effective, particularly once maintenance doses are stopped

Link: ME Association news item