Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban

The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, echoes even tighter restrictions passed by Alabama this week Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban approved, and the governor signed, a ban on abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Republican state senators there, fetal heartbeat bills by the extreme activists behind them, even though at six weeks supreme Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling guaranteeing the right to an abortion. Missouri Governor Parson should be ashamed of riding the disgraceful coattails of 25 white men in Alabama who just voted to ban safe, legal abortion, said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Missouris bill has a provision saying that if Roe is overturned, all abortions …

More than 800 cases of measles in US, with NY outbreak continuing to lead

(CNN)The number of measles cases in the United States is now at 839 for the year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly measles update. Some good news this week is that no new states reported cases, leaving the number unchanged at 23. The states that have reported measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington. But still troubling: Sixty-six of the 75 new cases were in New York, according to a source familiar with the measles situation in the United States. Of those, 41 were reported by New York City, and …

Ohio teen loses more than 100 pounds while walking to school every day

(CNN)Two years ago, Michael Watson was in a rut. The 6-foot-4 inch teen weighed 335 pounds and was often bullied about his weight. He walked to and from school in the rain and snow One low moment came was when a classmate told Watson he had something on his chin. When Watson rubbed his chin, the boy told him, “‘No, third one down,’” Watson said. “That really hurt.” Moments like that fueled his walking. Even if Watson wanted to take a day off, he couldn’t. “I didn’t even know when the bus came,” he said. And on days when it was raining, people would ask if he wanted a ride. Michael declined. In addition to the walking, the student made …

National Nurses Week recognizes the professionals Americans trust most

(CNN)Nurses consistently rank at the top of the country’s most trusted professionals. And this week, America celebrates them. There are more than 4 million registered nurses in the US, says the American Nursing Association. What degree do you need to become a nurse? According to the American Nursing Association, a diploma in nursing was once the most common route to becoming a nurse. But now there are various paths that one can take, as outlined here. How did Nurses Week originate? There were several attempts to recognize nurses annually. But it wasn’t until1993 that the American Nursing Association permanently designed a National Nurses Week to “celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.” How respected is nursing as a profession? For more …

Scientology cruise ship passengers tested for measles

(CNN)Curacao health officials have tested passengers aboard the Church of Scientology cruise ship Freewinds for measles after a staff member came down with a suspected case of the disease last week. Gerstenbluth told Telecuracao the medical team had been impressed with the quarantine conditions on the ship. The one suspected patient has passed her “incubation period” and Gerstenbluth said he was not alarmed by her condition, Telecuracao reported. The Curacao team interviewed around 318 people aboard the ship and took blood samples from some. The samples have been sent to the Netherlands for testing. It is unclear when the results will be returned, Gerstenbluth said. Meantime passengers and crew are staying on board the ship and there is no indication …

Almost 12 million pounds of Tyson chicken strips have been recalled because they might have metal

(CNN)Tyson Foods has significantly expanded a recall of its chicken strips over concerns that some might be contaminated with pieces of metal, federal food safety officials said Friday. Each of the recalled products have establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the package. Products under the recall include: • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; • Tyson fully cooked Buffalo-style chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; • Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; • Best Choice Buffalo-style chicken strips in 20-ounce bags; • Great Value fully cooked chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; • Food Lion crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce bags. In the previous recall, the products had only …

How quiet headphones and visual guides help autistic patients get better health care

Philadelphia (CNN)For most people, a visit to the doctor is fairly routine. But for individuals with autism, it can be a harrowing experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As a developmental pediatrician, Ross realized how challenging life can be for children on the spectrum and their families. For nearly 10 years, she’s made it her mission to help them participate in everyday activities — like going to a museum, sporting event or traveling by airplane. Ross was honored as a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2014 for her work. Now, she’s turned her attention to health care. Working with Jefferson Health, she’s begun to train …

Medicaid expansion tied to positive gains for black babies

(CNN)A major part of the Affordable Care Act — the expansion of the Medicaid program — may play a role in shrinking the gap in premature birth and low birth weight between black and white infants born in the United States, according to a new study. Black infants are about twice as likely to be born at low birth weight and 1.5 times as likely to be born prematurely than white infants. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. “Finally, we believe that important causes of all outcomes — and also causes of racial disparities in outcomes — arise from differences in women’s health before they ever …

Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

(CNN)A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese women. That night, we set up our tents in the middle of the village and began our life as Tsimane. Thatched huts surrounded us, with no electricity or modern conveniences. One day, I pulled out my iPad, tapping and swiping through the screen, and the Tsimane were slack-jawed and wide-eyed, looking at me like I was a sorcerer. I went foraging with the women, hunting …

Mint founder Aaron Patzer launches Vital, an ER management tool that integrates with electronic health records

Aaron Patzer launched Mint to help consumers organize their finances. Now he’s raised $5.2 million from investors to launch academic study and technical research and development to create Vital, according to a company statement. Investors in the seed round include First Round Capital and DFJ, Bragiel Brothers, Meridian Street Capital, Refactor Capital and SV Angel. Alongside angel investors Vivek Garipalli, the chief executive of CloverHealth and Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, the founders of Mint.com did for money, and we’re proud to back a solution that’ll do the same in life and death situations.” In some ways, Vital looks like the patient-facing admissions side of a coin that companies like Qventus have raised tens of millions of dollars to solve at …

‘It’s very concerning’: Americans sitting more than ever, study finds

Adolescents sat for eight hours a day in decade to 2016, research shows, while Americans spend three hours a day sitting watching TV or videos The amount of time Americans spend sitting down has increased by an hour a day in recent years, a published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were differences recorded in the amount of time spent sitting according to sex, race, weight, the amount of physical activity people engaged in, and other measures. However, most groups sitting habits were found to be consistent from early childhood through late adulthood. According to the research, most of the US population spends three hours a day or more sitting watching television or videos. Such sedentary behavior …

Doctors develop ‘cure’ for babies with ‘bubble boy’ disease

(CNN)Dannie Hawkins dreamed for her precious baby nephew, Ja’Ceon Golden, to experience the simple joys of childhood — swimming in pools during the summer, going to birthday parties, playing in parks filled with people, having a pet — without risk. ‘This is a cure’ Ja’Ceon and Omarion were both diagnosed as infants with a rare genetic disorder called X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID-X1. Severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID refers to a group of rare disorders caused by mutations in genes that influence the development and function of important immune cells. Infants born with SCID may appear healthy but are highly susceptible to severe infections — so much so that a common cold could kill them. Due to Hollywood’s fascination …

CDC investigating listeria infections linked to deli meats and cheeses

(CNN)Eight people in several states have been hospitalized with listeria infections, including one person who died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those who fell ill said in interviews they ate different types and brands of products, including meats and cheese bought from and sliced at various deli counters, the CDC said. The listeria specimens from those people were collected from November 13, 2016 to March 4 of this year. The strain was also identified in samples taken from meat sliced at a deli and from deli counters in several stores, the CDC said. Officials have not identified the supplier of the deli products. Listeria bacteria is especially concerning in pregnant women because they can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, …

If you’re too nice to customers, will you drink excessively? Maybe | Gene Marks

Workers in service industries who suppress negative ones tended to be heavier drinkers, a study found. But being rude is a still a no-no How nice should you be to your customers? The answer, according to two recent university studies, is a little conflicting. If youre too nice, you may find yourself excessively drinking. Thats the conclusion of one study conducted by researchers at Penn State University and the University of Buffalo. The researchers combined phone interviews with other data from the National Institutes of Health to survey more than 4,500 workers across the country and zeroed in on employees working in service industries such as food, healthcare and education. The study found that when workers there regularly faked or …

Pre-cut melon sold under Whole Foods, Kroger and other labels in 9 states recalled; 93 people sick in salmonella outbreak

(CNN)Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing one of these melons due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. “Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers,” the FDA announcement read. “Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product.” The investigation is ongoing. Caito Foods did not immediately reply to calls requesting a statement.

Autism Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at autism. The prevalence of ASD in the United States is about one in 59 children, according to a 2018 CDC report. Health care costs for children with autism are four to six times greater than medical costs for children without autism, according to research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. April 2 is World Autism Day. Diagnosis:There is no definitive medical test to diagnose autism. Instead, the disorder is diagnosed by observing a child’s development. According to the CDC, signs of autism may include deficits in social communication and interaction in a variety of contexts, difficulty engaging in back-and-forth conversation and an absence of interest in forming friendships with peers. Vaccines and …