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 …

Scientists use editing tool to identify key cancer genes

Hopes of new treatments after research uncovers genes essential to diseases survival Researchers working with a revolutionary gene editing tool have discovered thousands of genes that are essential for the survival of cancer cells, holding out the prospect of major advances in treatment. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire worked with Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Illinois is the latest state to raise the age for tobacco purchases

(CNN)Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on Sunday that raises the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Teen smoking rates have declined over the years, but advocates warn that the popularity of e-cigarettes threatens to reverse the progress. Some tobacco and e-cigarette companies have signaled support for Tobacco 21 policies. The chief executive officer of JUUL Labs commended Pritzker and the bill’s sponsors for their “leadership on the issue.” In a statement, Ken Burns pledged the e-cigarette maker’s support for similar legislation in other states, saying the policies reduce sharing by legal-age peers, a major contributor to youth tobacco use. “We know Tobacco 21 policies work. In areas where they are already …

Boys rescued from Thai cave were sedated with ketamine

(CNN)Medics who treated the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in Thailand last year credit the drug ketamine with playing a key role in the daring and dangerous mission to extract them. In a joint letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, three Thai medics and an Australian anesthetist who was involved in the rescue said the boys also wore full-face masks supplying oxygen and poorly fitting wetsuits. They detailed the care the boys received in a field hospital immediately after they left the cave, giving a sense of the perilous nature of the rescue mission. The first four boys were given sunglasses to protect their eyes because they had not been exposed to the …

Psychosis in teens may be linked to an unlikely culprit: air pollution

(CNN)An unexpected danger of urban life: Psychotic experiences are more common among teens exposed to the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide and other forms of air pollution, according to a new study. Nitrogen oxides, including nitrogen dioxide, are tailpipe pollutants, entering the air due to burning fuel. An association but not a cause-effect relationship Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. “It is especially important to identify other factors that may potentially ameliorate the consequences of air pollution to protect human health,” said Kioumourtzoglou, who had no role in the new research. “These could be lifestyle, nutritional, or neighborhood-level factors.” “As the global population is becoming increasingly …

The best form of self-help is a healthy dose of unhappiness | Tim Lott

Were more likely to find solace by accepting reality rather than in positive thinking, says author Tim Lott Booksellers have announced that sales of self-help books are at Blink, or The Power of Now, or A Course in Miracles)? Or a combination of both (The Road Less Travelled)? Is it about success (The Seven Secrets of Successful People) or accumulating money (Mindful Money, or Think and Grow Rich)? Is Caitlin Morans The Secret, You Can Heal Your Life and Robin Skynner in the 1980s, and Depression: The Way out of Your Prison by How to Win Friends and Influence People through to The Power of Positive Thinking and Who Moved My Cheese?, positive thinking seems to be the unifying principle …

Another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial ends in failure: ‘This one hurts’

(CNN)It’s another devastating blow in the search for a treatment for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease. “This was the closest to the finish line and early results showed not only could we improve cognitive function but also get rid of amyloid in the brain,” Isaacson said. “This was the most hopeful thing we had — in fact I have patients who are in the study, patients that are waiting to get into the trials. “This one hurts,” Isaacson said. “Alzheimer’s patients just can’t get a break.” A hypothesis and a ‘huge gamble’ The “amyloid hypothesis” says it’s the accumulation of beta-amyloid in the brain that is the primary cause of the memory-destroying disease. Studies on mice showed that removing the …

Kentucky governor says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox

Matt Bevin said parents worried about the disease should vaccinate their children, but it shouldnt be government mandated Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were miserable for a few days after contracting chickenpox but said they all turned out fine. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have nine children, four adopted. The Republican leader said parents worried about chickenpox should have their children vaccinated. But he said government shouldnt mandate the vaccination. Kentucky requires that children entering kindergarten be vaccinated for chickenpox, but parents may seek religious exemptions or provide …