Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 30th 2013 Contents statement. "Austerity is having a devastating
Previous studies by Stuckler published
in journals such as The Lancet and the
British Medical Journal have linked rising
suicide rates in some parts of Europe to bit-
ing austerity measures, and found HIV epi-
demics to be spreading amid cutbacks in
services to vulnerable people.
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Austerity is having a devastating effect on health
in Europe and North America, driving suicide,
depression and infectious diseases and reducing
access to medicines and care, researchers said.
Detailing a decade of research, Oxford University
political economist David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu,
an assistant professor of medicine and an epidemi-
ologist at Stanford University, said their findings
show austerity is seriously bad for health.
In a book to be published this week, the researchers
say more than 10,000 suicides and up to a million
cases of depression have been diagnosed during
what they call the "Great Recession" and its accom-
panying austerity across Europe and North Amer-
ica.In Greece, moves like cutting HIV prevention
budgets have coincided
with rates of the Aids-
causing virus rising by
more than 200 per cent
since 2011---driven in part
by increasing drug abuse
in the context of a 50 per
cent youth unemploy-
Greece also experi-
enced its first malaria
outbreak in decades fol-
lowing budget cuts to
And more than five million Americans have lost
access to healthcare during the latest recession, they
argue, while in Britain, some 10,000 families have
been pushed into homelessness by the government s
"Our politicians need to take into account the
serious---and in some cases profound---health con-
sequences of economic choices," said Stuckler, a
senior researcher at Oxford University and co-author
The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills
"The harms we have found include HIV and malar-
ia outbreaks, shortages of essential medicines, lost
healthcare access, and an avoidable epidemic of
alcohol abuse, depression and suicide," he said in a
Study: Austerity has negative effects on health
we show is that
health is not an
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YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft
drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of
diabetes in later life, a study suggests.
A can a day raises the relative risk of Type-2
diabetes by about a fifth, compared with one can
a month or under, say European scientists.
The report in the journal Diabetologia mirrors
previous US findings.
A diabetes charity recommends limiting sugary
foods and drinks as they are calorific and can
cause weight gain.
The latest research was carried out in the UK,
Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France
and the Netherlands.
Some 350,000 individuals were questioned
about their diet, as part of a large European study
looking at links between diet and cancer.
"The consumption of sugar sweetened soft
drinks increases your risk of diabetes---so for every
can of soft drinks that you drink per day, the risk
is higher," lead researcher Dora Romaguera from
Imperial College London said.
She called for clearer public health information
on the effects of sugary soft drinks.
"Given the increase in sweet beverage con-
sumption in Europe, clear messages on its dele-
terious effect on health should be given to the
population," Dr Romaguera and colleagues con-
clude in their research paper.
An increased risk of diabetes was also linked
to drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks, but
this disappeared when body mass index was taken
into account. (BBC)
Higher diabetes risk linked
to soft-drink consumption
But Stuckler and Basu said negative
public health effects are not inevitable,
even during the worst economic disasters.
Using data from the Great Depression
of the 1930s, to post-communist Russia
and from some examples of the current
economic downturn, they say financial
crises can be prevented from becoming
epidemics---if governments respond effec-
As an example, they say, Sweden s active
labour market programmes helped the
numbers of suicides to fall there during
its recession and a big rise in unemploy-
ment. Neighbouring countries with no
such programmes saw large increases in
suicides. And during the 1930s depression
in the United States, each extra US$100
of relief spending from the American New
Deal led to about 20 fewer deaths per 1,000
births, four fewer suicides per 100,000
people and 18 fewer pneumonia deaths
per 100,000 people.
"Ultimately what we show is that wors-
ening health is not an inevitable conse-
quence of economic recessions. It s a polit-
ical choice," Basu said in the statement.
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