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Obamacare Gave More Breast Cancer Survivors Access to Breast Reconstruction

Obamacare Gave More Breast Cancer Survivors Access to Breast ReconstructionMONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Breast reconstruction rates rose significantly among Black women after Obamacare expanded access to Medicaid, a new study says.It also found a large increase in reconstruction rates among women with lower income and education levels.The findings suggest "that Medicaid expansion was highly effective in doing what it was supposed to do -- breaking down barriers to care," said lead researcher Dr. Sharon Lum, a surgical oncologist at Loma Linda University Health in California.Researchers analyzed data for nearly 1.2 million breast cancer patients, 40 and older, who underwent breast removal (mastectomy) with or without reconstruction between 2010 and 2017. Medicaid expansion was introduced in January 2014, though individual state timelines...

Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health...

30 April 2021
Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health ConditionsMONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Certain blood types may increase a person's risk of different health problems, a new study suggests.The research confirms some previous findings and reveals new links between blood types and diseases, according to the authors of the study published April 27 in the journal eLife."There is still very little information available about whether people with RhD-positive or RhD-negative blood groups may be at risk of certain diseases, or how many more diseases may be affected by blood type or group," said first author Torsten Dahlén, a doctoral student at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.To help fill that gap, the researchers investigated the link between blood types, RhD status and more than 1,000 diseases. (A person who is RhD positive has a...

Will Baby Have Allergies? First Poop Might Tell

30 April 2021
Will Baby Have Allergies? First Poop Might TellTHURSDAY, April 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An infant will generate a lot of poop during the first year of life, but the very first one may offer key clues about the risk of developing allergies.Researchers analyzed samples of meconium from 100 babies enrolled in the CHILD Cohort Study, a long-term health study of children in Canada. Meconium is a dark green substance composed of what the fetus ingests and excretes while in the womb, from skin cells and amniotic fluid to molecules called metabolites. A newborn typically passes meconium during the first day of life.The study found that the fewer different types of molecules a baby's meconium contained, the greater the child's risk of developing allergies by the age of 1."Our analysis revealed that newborns who developed allergic...

Being Born Even a Bit Early Might Hamper Child's Development

29 April 2021
Being Born Even a Bit Early Might Hamper Child`s Development THURSDAY, April 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Being born even slightly premature might still raise a child's risk of developmental problems, a new study finds. Preemies often have developmental issues, but previous research has tended to focus on those born extremely preterm (22-26 weeks' gestation), so less is known about children born moderately and very preterm (27-34 weeks' gestation). Average full-term gestation time is 39-40 weeks. To learn more, researchers looked at more than 3,000 children over age 5 in France who were born after 24-26, 27-31 and 32-34 weeks of gestation and compared them to a group of 600 children born at full term. After adjusting for other factors, the researchers determined that the earlier the children were born, the higher their rates of...

Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women

28 April 2021
Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for WomenWEDNESDAY, April 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Good sleep might be the best prescription for sexual satisfaction among older women, a new study suggests.Women who did not routinely get restful slumber were nearly twice as likely to report sexual problems, such as lack of desire or arousal, researchers found."Sexual dysfunction…is defined as the presence of sexual problems associated with distress, and this relationship was seen between poor sleep quality and higher risk of problems in all domains of sexual functioning including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain," said study author Dr. Juliana Kling. She's an associate professor of medicine and chair of women's health internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale.The researchers couldn't say how, or...

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