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    Fri Jul 12 04:15:32 2019

    The bill proposed by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz — one of the first in the nation to target sugary sodas as a root cause of kids putting on too many pounds — would offer schools incentives to drop lucrative contracts to sell certain soda brands on their campuses.

    -image-"It is not my intention to demonize soda," Ortiz, https://www.xmmbb9md.online a Democrat from Sacramento, said in a statement sent Wednesday, adding that moderate soda pop consumption was not harmful.

    "The problem is that Americans have lost sight of moderation, and fail to recognize how many additional calories soda adds to their diets."

    A number of U.S. states, including Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, currently impose excise taxes on soft drinks. But most use the proceeds to fight litter, not the "epidemic" of overweight children in U.S. schools.

    Ortiz's bill, due to be taken up by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, would charge manufacturers and distributors 21 cents per 1 gallon) of bottled drinks and $2 per gallon of syrup used to create soft drinks in soda fountains.

    Consumers could be expected to absorb the additional cost, about two cents per 12-ounce can, according to Ortiz, a Democrat who represents Sacramento.

    The bill would raise an estimated $342 million a year, about half of which would be used to fund school health programs as well as after-school activities which some school districts now pay for with money earned through exclusive soft drink sales agreements.

    The rest of the money would be used to fund public health and childhood obesity prevention programs outside of school.

    The bill has generated controversy in Sacramento as beverage industry representatives and some Republican lawmakers accuse Ortiz of "demonizing" popular soft drinks and pushing government too far into the lives of school children and their parents .

    "The senator's desire to improve the health of children in California is commendable. The problem is her approach is misguided," said Sean McBride, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association in Washington, D.C..

    "It is too simplistic to say that if we just ban or restrict certain foods in the diet, then our children will be healthy and obesity will go away."

    Ortiz's bill is among the latest efforts by state lawmakers to battle rising obesity in California children — many of whom have been offered a menu of sweet drinks and high-fat foods at their school cafeterias.

    Physical exams conducted by schools last year showed that 30 percent of California children in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades are overweight, reflecting national trends which show that over the last 20 years, the overweight and obesity rates among U.S. children have doubled while the number of overweight adolescents has almost tripled.

    Many public health specialists target soft drinks as a primary culprit. An average can of soda has about 150 calories and overall soft drink consumption has almost doubled over the past 20 years.

    Health educators worry that the rise in child obesity levels spells trouble ahead as these children mature into overweight adults more at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

    Last year California's state legislature passed a new law aimed at limiting the availability of "junk food" in elementary and middle schools, and this month a Democratic state assemblywoman proposed adding an additional "junk food tax" to help pay for children's dental care.

    Both the junk food and soft drink tax proposals come as a growing number of U.S. states look for new ways to boost flagging state revenues, including raising so-called "sin" taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

  2. Fri Jul 12 03:53:25 2019

    -image-"Obesity is medically accepted to be a disease in its own right," the IRS said.

    Taxpayers who participate in these programs for medically valid reasons will now be able to deduct amounts above 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income, similar to any other medical expense not covered by insurance or other reimbursement. A taxpayer's spouse and dependents would also be covered.

    Still not deductible, however, are the costs of weight control programs intended "to improve the taxpayer's appearance, general health and sense of well-being."

    Diet foods also are not be deductible, even though they are often an integral part of a weight control program under a physician's supervision. The IRS reasons that people have to pay for food whether or not they are trying to lose weight.

    Fees, diet menus and literature and 바카라사이트 other costs would be deductible.

    The IRS has previously permitted deductions for weight-loss programs recommended by a physician for treatment of a disease such as high blood pressure. But the agency has never specifically cited obesity itself as a disease.

    The American Obesity Association estimates that 39 million Americans are obese, causing 300,000 unnecessary deaths in the United States each year.

    The ruling applies not only to 2001 income tax returns - which are due April 15 in most of the country - but as far back as 1998. Taxpayers who want to take the deduction need only file an amended return for the tax year in question.

    The IRS also recently included smoking cessation programs as deductible medical expenses, as are treatment and other costs for alcoholism.

    By Curt Anderson

  3. Fri Jul 12 02:24:48 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение The Researchers Also Plan A One-year Study.

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author of the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine . He said the study demonstrates "there are tremendous mental health needs."

    -image-Out of a representative sample of adults surveyed, https://www.dfgy4di8.online researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine found that 7.5 percent of those living in the southern part of Manhattan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. An additional 9.7 percent reported symptoms the researchers defined as depression.

    In the trade center's immediate neighborhood, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress was particularly high — 20 percent — researchers said.

    The 988 respondents of the survey, which was paid for by the nonprofit September 11th Fund, were selected at random for phone interviews from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and they represent a sample of the population.

    Marylene Cloitre, professor of psychology at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of the Institute for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said surveying people five to eight weeks after the attack was significant because stress disorder usually arises within three months.

    "This was the slice of time where we find, presumably, the highest rates of PTSD," Cloitre said.

    She warned the rates could climb: "Displacement from home and economic difficulties contribute to the development of PTSD and those factors hadn't completely emerged by this point."

    Additional surveys were conducted at the four- and six-month marks after the attacks; the findings are still being reviewed. The four-month survey was expanded to include all of New York City, and the six-month review encompassed the entire metropolitan area. The researchers also plan a one-year study .

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms include nightmares, anxiety, irritability or outbursts of anger. The symptoms are usually present for at least a month. Feelings of intense guilt are also common.

    Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  4. Fri Jul 12 02:23:48 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение The Researchers Also Plan A One-year Study.

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author of the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine . He said the study demonstrates "there are tremendous mental health needs."

    -image-Out of a representative sample of adults surveyed, https://www.dfgy4di8.online researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine found that 7.5 percent of those living in the southern part of Manhattan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. An additional 9.7 percent reported symptoms the researchers defined as depression.

    In the trade center's immediate neighborhood, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress was particularly high — 20 percent — researchers said.

    The 988 respondents of the survey, which was paid for by the nonprofit September 11th Fund, were selected at random for phone interviews from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and they represent a sample of the population.

    Marylene Cloitre, professor of psychology at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of the Institute for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said surveying people five to eight weeks after the attack was significant because stress disorder usually arises within three months.

    "This was the slice of time where we find, presumably, the highest rates of PTSD," Cloitre said.

    She warned the rates could climb: "Displacement from home and economic difficulties contribute to the development of PTSD and those factors hadn't completely emerged by this point."

    Additional surveys were conducted at the four- and six-month marks after the attacks; the findings are still being reviewed. The four-month survey was expanded to include all of New York City, and the six-month review encompassed the entire metropolitan area. The researchers also plan a one-year study .

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms include nightmares, anxiety, irritability or outbursts of anger. The symptoms are usually present for at least a month. Feelings of intense guilt are also common.

    Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  5. Fri Jul 12 02:21:48 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение The Researchers Also Plan A One-year Study.

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author of the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine . He said the study demonstrates "there are tremendous mental health needs."

    -image-Out of a representative sample of adults surveyed, https://www.dfgy4di8.online researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine found that 7.5 percent of those living in the southern part of Manhattan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. An additional 9.7 percent reported symptoms the researchers defined as depression.

    In the trade center's immediate neighborhood, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress was particularly high — 20 percent — researchers said.

    The 988 respondents of the survey, which was paid for by the nonprofit September 11th Fund, were selected at random for phone interviews from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and they represent a sample of the population.

    Marylene Cloitre, professor of psychology at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of the Institute for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said surveying people five to eight weeks after the attack was significant because stress disorder usually arises within three months.

    "This was the slice of time where we find, presumably, the highest rates of PTSD," Cloitre said.

    She warned the rates could climb: "Displacement from home and economic difficulties contribute to the development of PTSD and those factors hadn't completely emerged by this point."

    Additional surveys were conducted at the four- and six-month marks after the attacks; the findings are still being reviewed. The four-month survey was expanded to include all of New York City, and the six-month review encompassed the entire metropolitan area. The researchers also plan a one-year study .

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms include nightmares, anxiety, irritability or outbursts of anger. The symptoms are usually present for at least a month. Feelings of intense guilt are also common.

    Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  6. Fri Jul 12 01:13:39 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение Last Year, The Government Recognized Adult Onset Diabetes.

    A federal appeals court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs must pay retroactive disability payments to thousands of Vietnam vets.

    The payments must date to when veterans initially applied for benefits under a law that allowed them to do so beginning Sept. 25, 1985.

    Because of a complicated rule-making procedure, the government said the cancer victims could not receive benefits until Nov. 7, 1996, if they filed a claim after Jan. 4, 1994.

    The appeals court nullified that government interpretation, which affects an estimated 1,200 veterans, https://www.ldklwe2qh.online said Barton F. Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

    Also undermined by the ruling was the government's position that veterans suffering from adult onset diabetes could not get benefits until July 9, 2001, if they filed a claim between Jan. 4, 1994, and July 9, 2001, Stichman said.

    "All I can tell you is for the last 20 years the VA has dragged its feet on the Agent Orange issue. They try every way they can to come up with theories to why they shouldn't give benefits," said Stichman, who filed suit in 1986.

    Phil Budahn, a Veterans Affairs spokesman, said the government had not seen the decision and could not immediately comment.

    Between 1962 and 1971, the United States sprayed 19 million gallons of herbicides over southern Vietnam to destroy jungle cover for communist troops. About 55 percent of that was Agent Orange.

    Over the years, the government has added a host of diseases associated with Agent Orange entitling veterans to disability benefits. Those include several cancers, including cancer to the lung, larynx and trachea. Last year, the government recognized adult onset diabetes.

    The ruling puts prostate cancer and adult onset diabetes in line with the other diseases acknowledged by the government to have links to Agent Orange, meaning disability benefits would be paid from when a claim was first filed.

    For many veterans, the government has paid retroactive benefits while litigation continued. The government reserved the right to take back the benefits if it won the lawsuit.

    Clifford Nash, a Vietnam veteran with prostate cancer, said the court decision will allow him to keep about $11,000 in benefits that he may have had to return had the court ruled the other way.

    "I've heard some veterans say we fought there and now we got to fight for what's right and ours," said the 71-year-old Nash, of West Enfield, Maine. "Everything seems to be taking a turn for the better."

    By David Kravets

  7. Fri Jul 12 00:54:47 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение Tax Soda, Help Kids' Obesity?.

    -image-The bill proposed by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz — one of the first in the nation to target sugary sodas as a root cause of kids putting on too many pounds — would offer schools incentives to drop lucrative contracts to sell certain soda brands on their campuses.

    "It is not my intention to demonize soda," Ortiz, a Democrat from Sacramento, said in a statement sent Wednesday, adding that moderate soda pop consumption was not harmful.

    "The problem is that Americans have lost sight of moderation, and fail to recognize how many additional calories soda adds to their diets."

    A number of U.S. states, including Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, currently impose excise taxes on soft drinks. But most use the proceeds to fight litter, not the "epidemic" of overweight children in U.S. schools.

    Ortiz's bill, due to be taken up by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, would charge manufacturers and distributors 21 cents per 1 gallon) of bottled drinks and $2 per gallon of syrup used to create soft drinks in soda fountains.

    Consumers could be expected to absorb the additional cost, about two cents per 12-ounce can, according to Ortiz, a Democrat who represents Sacramento.

    The bill would raise an estimated $342 million a year, about half of which would be used to fund school health programs as well as after-school activities which some school districts now pay for with money earned through exclusive soft drink sales agreements.

    The rest of the money would be used to fund public health and childhood obesity prevention programs outside of school.

    The bill has generated controversy in Sacramento as beverage industry representatives and https://www.khappy.kr/ some Republican lawmakers accuse Ortiz of "demonizing" popular soft drinks and pushing government too far into the lives of school children and their parents.

    "The senator's desire to improve the health of children in California is commendable. The problem is her approach is misguided," said Sean McBride, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association in Washington, D.C..

    "It is too simplistic to say that if we just ban or restrict certain foods in the diet, then our children will be healthy and obesity will go away."

    Ortiz's bill is among the latest efforts by state lawmakers to battle rising obesity in California children — many of whom have been offered a menu of sweet drinks and high-fat foods at their school cafeterias.

    Physical exams conducted by schools last year showed that 30 percent of California children in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades are overweight, reflecting national trends which show that over the last 20 years, the overweight and obesity rates among U.S. children have doubled while the number of overweight adolescents has almost tripled.

    Many public health specialists target soft drinks as a primary culprit. An average can of soda has about 150 calories and overall soft drink consumption has almost doubled over the past 20 years.

    Health educators worry that the rise in child obesity levels spells trouble ahead as these children mature into overweight adults more at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

    Last year California's state legislature passed a new law aimed at limiting the availability of "junk food" in elementary and middle schools, and this month a Democratic state assemblywoman proposed adding an additional "junk food tax" to help pay for children's dental care.

    Both the junk food and soft drink tax proposals come as a growing number of U.S. states look for new ways to boost flagging state revenues, including raising so-called "sin" taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

  8. Thu Jul 11 10:02:44 2019
    L lorrine107918145 начал обсуждение But The Agency Has Never Specifically Cited Obesity Itself As A Disease.

    "Obesity is medically accepted to be a disease in its own right," the IRS said.

    Taxpayers who participate in these programs for medically valid reasons will now be able to deduct amounts above 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income, similar to any other medical expense not covered by insurance or other reimbursement . A taxpayer's spouse and dependents would also be covered.

    Still not deductible, however, are the costs of weight control programs intended "to improve the taxpayer's appearance, general health and sense of well-being."

    Diet foods also are not be deductible, even though they are often an integral part of a weight control program under a physician's supervision. The IRS reasons that people have to pay for food whether or not they are trying to lose weight.

    Fees, diet menus and literature and other costs would be deductible.

    The IRS has previously permitted deductions for weight-loss programs recommended by a physician for treatment of a disease such as high blood pressure. But the agency has never specifically cited obesity itself as a disease.

    The American Obesity Association estimates that 39 million Americans are obese, causing 300,000 unnecessary deaths in the United States each year.

    The ruling applies not only to 2001 income tax returns - which are due April 15 in most of the country - but as far back as 1998. Taxpayers who want to take the deduction need only file an amended return for the tax year in question.

    The IRS also recently included smoking cessation programs as deductible medical expenses, as are treatment and https://www.hycup.online other costs for alcoholism.

    By Curt Anderson

  9. 6 дней назад
    Thu Jul 11 08:55:24 2019

    The bill proposed by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz — one of the first in the nation to target sugary sodas as a root cause of kids putting on too many pounds — would offer schools incentives to drop lucrative contracts to sell certain soda brands on their campuses.

    -image-"It is not my intention to demonize soda," Ortiz, a Democrat from Sacramento, said in a statement sent Wednesday, adding that moderate soda pop consumption was not harmful.

    "The problem is that Americans have lost sight of moderation, and fail to recognize how many additional calories soda adds to their diets."

    A number of U.S. states, including Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, currently impose excise taxes on soft drinks. But most use the proceeds to fight litter, not the "epidemic" of overweight children in U.S. schools.

    Ortiz's bill, due to be taken up by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, would charge manufacturers and distributors 21 cents per 1 gallon) of bottled drinks and $2 per gallon of syrup used to create soft drinks in soda fountains.

    Consumers could be expected to absorb the additional cost, about two cents per 12-ounce can, according to Ortiz, a Democrat who represents Sacramento.

    The bill would raise an estimated $342 million a year, about half of which would be used to fund school health programs as well as after-school activities which some school districts now pay for with money earned through exclusive soft drink sales agreements.

    The rest of the money would be used to fund public health and childhood obesity prevention programs outside of school.

    The bill has generated controversy in Sacramento as beverage industry representatives and some Republican lawmakers accuse Ortiz of "demonizing" popular soft drinks and pushing government too far into the lives of school children and their parents.

    "The senator's desire to improve the health of children in California is commendable. The problem is her approach is misguided," said Sean McBride, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association in Washington, D.C..

    "It is too simplistic to say that if we just ban or restrict certain foods in the diet, then our children will be healthy and obesity will go away."

    Ortiz's bill is among the latest efforts by state lawmakers to battle rising obesity in California children — many of whom have been offered a menu of sweet drinks and https://www.bimdybgeb.online high-fat foods at their school cafeterias.

    Physical exams conducted by schools last year showed that 30 percent of California children in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades are overweight, reflecting national trends which show that over the last 20 years, the overweight and obesity rates among U.S. children have doubled while the number of overweight adolescents has almost tripled.

    Many public health specialists target soft drinks as a primary culprit. An average can of soda has about 150 calories and overall soft drink consumption has almost doubled over the past 20 years.

    Health educators worry that the rise in child obesity levels spells trouble ahead as these children mature into overweight adults more at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

    Last year California's state legislature passed a new law aimed at limiting the availability of "junk food" in elementary and middle schools, and this month a Democratic state assemblywoman proposed adding an additional "junk food tax" to help pay for children's dental care.

    Both the junk food and soft drink tax proposals come as a growing number of U.S. states look for new ways to boost flagging state revenues, including raising so-called "sin" taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

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