The Health News USA September 11 2017


  • Members of the Service Employees International Union Illinois have sued the state of Illinois for failing to make good on pay raises required under the new state budget.
  • Stroke death rates failed to continue to decline in 38 states during the 2013–2015 period. Today, strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the country, but 80% of strokes are preventable, according to WHO.
  • Dynamic Research and 6D Helmets has developed the Omni-Directional Suspension – a head protection technology for action sports that has won a $500,000 grant in the NFL’s third Head Health Challenge.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Members of the Service Employees International Union Illinois have sued the state of Illinois for failing to make good on pay raises required under the new state budget. The union and Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration are in the midst of a year’s long negotiation for a contract to replace the one that expired June thirty, two thousand fifteen. At issue in the lawsuit filed Wednesday is a forty eight-cent-per-hour raise for home health workers lawmakers wrote into the budget enacted over Rauner’s July veto. The provision gave the state one month from July five to increase the wage rates for those workers, who the union claims the total is about twenty eight thousand. Rauner spokesman Jason Schaumburg says under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, agreements the state and the union reach over wage increases “take precedence over any conflicting law.”

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after four decades of progress preventing strokes that affect eight hundred thousand Americans and kill up to one hundred forty thousand annually, progress has stalled, and in some states strokes are again increasing. The study, released Wednesday, shows that stroke death rates failed to continue to decline in thirty eight states during the two thousand thirteen to two thousand fifteen period, resulting in an estimated thirty two thousand five hundred ninety three excess stroke deaths that may not have occurred based on previous rates of decline. The data was compiled by the U.S. National Vital Statistics System from the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC. The increase came after successive declines in stroke deaths for every three-year period studied by the CDC between two thousand and two thousand thirteen. Today strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the country, but eighty percent of strokes are preventable, according to the World Health Organization.

Strokes can often be prevented by two methods. Dr. Quanhe Yang, senior scientist, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC, said one is by adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, eating a healthy diet that is low in salt and sugar and high in fruits and vegetables, being physically active and maintaining healthy weight. The second is by better managing the risk factors. Obesity is another cause for concern, because it is a major cause of hypertension, which is the single most important modifiable risk factor for stroke, according to the CDC report. Despite recent improvements, nearly half of the seventy five million U.S. adults with hypertension do not have their blood pressure under control. Diabetes is another risk factor. Currently, there are thirty million people in the U.S. with diabetes, eighty five million with prediabetes, and seventy five million adults with high blood pressure, and only half of those are under control.

A dual-company project has won a five hundred thousand dollar grant in the National Football League’s third Head Health Challenge. A collaborative team of materials designers led by Dynamic Research Incorporated of Torrance partnering with six D Helmets was chosen by the NFL, GE, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Under Armour. The goal of the third challenge was to accelerate the discovery, design and development of advanced materials that better absorb impact.

Dynamic Research specializes in areas such as vehicle safety and biomechanics, including the study of impacts on the human body, while six D Helmets has developed the Omni-Directional Suspension, a head-protection technology first commercialized for action sports, with use in motorcycle and bicycle helmets.

The novel structure of the winning material is based on six D Helmet technology that includes a middle layer of absorbent posts sandwiched between foam that helps reduces shear forces — impacts that happen at an angle rather than straight on. The material reduced certain measures of impact by more than seventy percent when compared with baseline foam material that has been commonly used in protective gear.

The five hundred thousand dollars  to be used by the winners to invest in more research and further product development.

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