May 21, 2016 |
As friction over Mayor Kenney's sugary drinks tax emerged in City Council on Thursday, momentum still seemed to be moving in one direction - toward funding an expansion of prekindergarten. An alternative revenue stream was proposed. Members opposed to Kenney's tax said that option, a beverage container tax, was one they could stomach. And Council President Darrell L. Clarke vowed that the body would reach consensus - while introducing his own competing plan for how pre-K should be implemented.
March 2, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugary soft drinks is designed to raise money for several ambitious plans, including universal pre-kindergarten. If the tax is approved by City Council (and survives challenges from the soda industry), reduced consumption might mean not just more money for Philadelphia, but fewer health problems, too, in the following areas: Obesity. Sugary drinks are major culprits in the obesity epidemic. Non-diet soda, sweetened ice teas, and sports and energy drinks can have 16 teaspoons or more in just one 20-ounce serving.
July 21, 2015 |
There is an inescapable survivor's mentality hanging over this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The eighth annual touring heavy metal festival is noticeably diminished from past years, with three or four stages reduced to two. This year's headliners both recently emerged from difficult periods. Danish singer King Diamond, 59, underwent triple-bypass surgery in 2010 following several heart attacks, while Slayer has regrouped following the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo.
February 11, 2013
Winter's cruelest months A recent study has found that more fatal heart attacks and strokes occur in winter than at other times of the year After studying about 1.7 million death certificates filed between 2005 and 2008, cardiologists Bryan Schwartz and Robert A. Kloner found a 26 percent to 36 percent greater death rate from heart attacks in winter than in summer. The worst months are December, January, February, and early March. The doctors analyzed the cause of death for people in seven areas, including Pennsylvania.
November 18, 2012
"The president brought up that he hadn't always had the best relationship with business, and he didn't think he deserved that, but he understood that's where things were and wanted it to be better. " - David M. Cote, CEO, Honeywell, after a meeting of business executives with President Obama at the White House. "Choices made by Jon Corzine during his tenure as chairman and CEO sealed MF Global's fate. " - Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R., Texas) on results of congressional oversight panel on the fall of MF Global.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks. The Food and Drug Administration has received 92 reports over four years that cite illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths after consumption of a product marketed as 5-Hour Energy. The FDA has also received reports that cited the highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink in five deaths and one nonfatal heart attack.
October 26, 2012 |
With a 3:30 p.m. meeting for his group design project, a class from 6 to 9 p.m., and a mechanical-engineering exam the next day, Kevin Capps was feeling a workload crunch. So the skateboard-toting Drexel University senior stopped by a Wawa store Wednesday morning to pick up some energy in a can: 12 ounces of Red Bull. Was he risking his health? Almost certainly not, say health experts. The amount of caffeine in one 12-ounce can of the popular beverage - 114 milligrams - is about the same as that in a typical cup of coffee.
October 24, 2012 |
HAGERSTOWN, MD. - The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola. Although the FDA is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the agency said the reports don't necessarily prove that the drinks caused the deaths or injuries.
September 25, 2012 |
JOSH HAMILTON was back in the lineup Monday against the visting Oakland Athletics after missing the last five games because of blurred vision and balance issues. In the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win, Hamilton played the part of Triple Crown spoiler - for a night, at least - hitting his 43rd homer of the season in the fifth inning to move ahead of Miguel Cabrera in the AL home run lead. Cabrera, the Tigers slugger, is bidding to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
May 5, 2012 |
With a record 40,000 competitors set for Sunday's Blue Cross Broad Street Run, many may be looking for an energy boost. They may want to consider some advice from the International Marathon Medical Directors Association: Don't load up on caffeine. The group's recommendation — to consume no more than 200 mg of caffeine the morning of a race of 10K or more — is not widely known, even among endurance athletes. The guidance is aimed at an uncommon but disturbing phenomenon: young, experienced, seemingly healthy runners dropping dead near the finish line for reasons that are never explained.