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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Failed policy: Banning sugar-sweetened drinks in schools

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago determined the effect of state policies that regulate beverages among adolescents.

    First, the details.

    • Students in 5th and 8th grades were studied.
    • In-school sugar-sweetened beverages access, in-school purchasing behavior, and consumption (in and out of school) in 8th grade were recorded.

    And, the results.

    • In states that banned soda…
      • The proportions of 8th-grade students that reported in-school sugar-sweetened beverages access and purchasing were similar (67% and 29%, respectively) to with no beverage policy (67% and 26%, respectively).
    • In states that banned all sugar-sweetened beverages…
      • Fewer students reported in-school sugar-sweetened beverages access or purchasing after adjusting for potentially confounding factors.
    • Results were similar among students who reported access to or purchasing of sugar-sweetened beverages in 5th grade vs those who did not.
    • Overall sugar-sweetened beverages consumption was not associated with state policy.
      • In each policy category, approximately 85% of students reported consuming sugar-sweetened beverages at least once in the past 7 days.
    • Supplementary analyses indicated that overall consumption had only a modest association with in-school sugar-sweetened beverage access.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “State policies that ban all sugar-sweetened beverages in middle schools appear to reduce in-school access and purchasing of sugar-sweetened beverages but do not reduce overall consumption.”

    Why do we continue to allow politicians to institute policies without pre-testing whether they will accomplish their stated goals?

    11/8/11 19:10 JR

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