Health

Kids put on extra pounds during Great Recession

Posted by Stephanie Desmond Johns Hopkins University Increased unemployment during the Great Recession coincided with unhealthy weight gain among California’s 1.7 million public school students, a new study shows. The finding suggests that family economic trouble has long-term health consequences for children. For every percentage point increase in unemployment in their counties between 2008 and 2012, school children had a[Read More…]

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Two reasons dementia risk is higher for African Americans

Posted by Andy Henion Michigan State University African Americans face a much higher risk—2.52 times greater—than Caucasian Americans of developing cognitive impairment, including dementia, later in life. A new study uncovers several reasons why. Much of that racial disparity can be explained by childhood disadvantages, such as growing up poor and in the segregated South, and lower socioeconomic status in adulthood, particularly[Read More…]

Blacks will continue to suffer from high rates of visual impairment

As the nation’s Baby Boomers age, African Americans will continue to suffer from the second-highest rate of visual impairment behind white women, the National Eye Institute reported last week. “African Americans are at disproportionately high risk for developing glaucoma, a potentially blinding eye disease that typically causes the loss of peripheral, but not central vision, so people tend to not[Read More…]

HHS acts to help more ex-inmates get Medicaid

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expanding eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences. Health coverage for ex-inmates “is critical to our goal of reducing recidivism and promoting the public health,” said[Read More…]

Black women with fibroids have greater cancer risk

Posted by Lisa Chedekel Boston University Black women with a history of uterine fibroids have a 40 percent higher risk of endometrial cancer, a new study shows. Researchers found that the association between a history of uterine leiomyoma—or fibroids—and cancer was strongest for cancer diagnosed within two years of uterine fibroids being found. The results could be explained by greater[Read More…]

Rare form of diabetes needs its own treatment rules

Posted by Jim Dryden Patients with a rare, genetic form of diabetes often are misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes because the two share symptoms. Now, scientists say treating these patients with therapies designed for type 2 diabetes is potentially harmful and that treatment guidelines need to change. The underlying problems in patients with the genetic form of the disease—called [Read More…]

Briefs

[su_button style=”flat” background=”#94989b” text_shadow=”4px 0px 5px #868686″ desc=”Return to the homepage to see the complete issue and video channel.” rel=”lightbox”]HOMEPAGE [/su_button]   Doctor speculates:  O. J.  Simpson maybe suffering from CTE Forensic neurologist Bennett Omalu, MD, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, said he strongly believes that O. J. Simpson[Read More…]