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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Gut Bacteria and Alzheimer’s Disease
- And Finally, a Story about Mexico’s Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #586 recorded March 17, 2017.
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Gut Bacteria and Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in the western world, however (according to this study) there is no cure available for this devastating neurodegenerative disorder.
Despite clinical and experimental evidence implicating the intestinal microbiota in a number of brain disorders, its impact on Alzheimer’s disease is not known.
To this end the authors of a study published in Scientific Reports, sequenced bacterial 16S rRNA from fecal samples of amyloid-β precursor protein (APP) transgenic mouse model and found a remarkable shift in the gut microbiota as compared to non-transgenic wild-type mice.
Subsequently the authors generated germ-free APP transgenic mice and found a drastic reduction of cerebral amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides amyloid pathology when compared to control mice with intestinal microbiota.
Importantly, colonization of germ-free amyloid-β precursor protein transgenic mice with microbiota from conventionally-raised amyloid-β precursor protein transgenic mice increased cerebral amyloid-β pathology, while colonization with microbiota from wild-type mice was less effective in increasing cerebral amyloid-β levels.
The Author’s results indicate a microbial involvement in the development of Abeta amyloid pathology, and suggest that microbiota may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nature.com/articles/srep41802#abstract
Mexico’s Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax
Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on January 1, 2014, and a previous study found a 6 percent reduction in purchases of taxed beverages in 2014.
In this study the authors of a study published in the journal Health Affairs estimated changes in beverage purchases for 2014 and 2015.
The authors used store purchase data for 6,645 households from January 2012 to December 2015.
Changes in purchases of taxed and untaxed beverages in the study period were estimated using two models, which compared 2014 and 2015 purchases with predicted (counterfactual) purchases based on trends in 2012–13.
Purchases of taxed beverages decreased 5.5 percent in 2014 and 9.7 percent in 2015, yielding an average reduction of 7.6 percent over the study period.
Households at the lowest socioeconomic level had the largest decreases in purchases of taxed beverages in both years.
Purchases of untaxed beverage increased 2.1 percent in the study period.
Findings from Mexico may encourage other countries to use fiscal policies to reduce consumption of unhealthy beverages along with other interventions to reduce the burden of chronic disease.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2017/02/16/hlthaff.2016.1231.abstract
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