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2020

Repeal of Obamacare Could Leave Young Cancer Patients in the Lurch

Repeal of Obamacare Could Leave Young Cancer Patients in the LurchTHURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is repealed, pediatric cancer patients could lose critical insurance coverage, a new study warns. Kids with cancer often require intensive treatment and long-term follow-up to beat the disease. The ACA allows them to stay on their parents' insurance coverage to age 26 and bans exclusion of patients with preexisting conditions. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the future of the ACA this fall. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia studied the potential impact of dismantling it on 18- to 25-year-old cancer patients. "We know that even brief disruptions in insurance have been associated with...

Heart Conditions Could Raise Risk of Torn Aorta During...

22 October 2020
Heart Conditions Could Raise Risk of Torn Aorta During PregnancyTHURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy can increase the risk of a rare, dangerous heart condition called aortic dissection, researchers report. This is especially true for women with underlying heart conditions that can go undetected. Aortic dissections -- which affect 3 in 100,000 people per year -- cause the layers of the aorta to tear, and blood to pool or leak instead of flow normally. Patients require lifesaving care. Researchers analyzed data from 29 women who were unexpectedly hospitalized for aortic dissection while pregnant. Most already had a heart condition that hadn't been diagnosed in many cases. Aortic diseases and conditions such as Marfan syndrome or Loeys-Dietz syndrome are often found in women who have an aortic dissection while pregnant, the...

Could Common Asthma Meds Weaken Bones?

22 October 2020
Could Common Asthma Meds Weaken Bones?THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People who use common asthma controller medications are vulnerable to developing brittle bones and suffering fractures, a new study shows. The findings point the finger at anti-inflammatory corticosteroids -- whether taken by pill or inhaler. Corticosteroids are widely used to prevent asthma attacks, particularly in the form of inhalers. When asthma is more difficult to control, oral versions of the medications may be prescribed for a time. It has long been known that oral corticosteroids -- especially at high doses -- can lower bone density. And some evidence has suggested inhaled versions can do the same. No one, however, is saying people with asthma should abandon their controller medications. "Inhaled corticosteroids play a crucial...

'Heat Not Burn' Cigarettes Can Still Harm the Heart

22 October 2020
`Heat Not Burn` Cigarettes Can Still Harm the HeartTHURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- "Heat-not-burn" tobacco products, created as an alternative to other types of smoking, may harm the user's heart, researchers report. These tobacco products -- think IQOS from Philip Morris -- are billed as substitutes for e-cigarettes or traditional smokes. But a new review finds they may be tied to heart and blood vessel harms. Researchers found the inhalants were linked to high blood pressure, reduced dilation of blood vessels, stiffening of the arteries, increased heart rate and reduced heart function. They also show a higher risk of heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, in people with pacemakers. For their paper, researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans analyzed nearly 50 human and...

Coffee, Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

22 October 2020
Coffee, Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks With Type 2 DiabetesTHURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you've got type 2 diabetes and love drinking green tea or coffee, new research suggests you may be reducing your odds of a premature death. But you need to really love these drinks. The study found that having four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee daily was linked to a 63% lower risk of death during the average five-year follow-up. On their own, a single cup of coffee or green tea daily might lower your risk of early death by 12% to 15%, respectively. "Familiar beverages such as green tea and coffee may have health-promoting effects. We have shown that higher consumption of green tea and coffee was associated with reduced all-cause mortality, and their combined effect appeared to be additive in people with...
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