The Health News USA February 23 2018

  • New York state is making more than $4 million available to expand addiction treatment services in New York City neighborhoods. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that up to $4.5 million will fund the operation of ten residential treatment beds in the Bronx and up to 50 beds in Brooklyn. The Democrat says the funding will help people suffering from substance abuse get the treatment they need to combat addiction.
  • A Republican Idaho state senator yelled “abortion is murder” at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss “killing babies” with a Democratic lawmaker. Senator Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize and denied any ties to the social media account that purported to belong to him.
  • The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. California-based Aimmune Therapeutics said 67% of kids who had its treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only 4% of others given a dummy powder.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/21/45m-in-ny-state-funds-set-for-addiction-treatment-/

New York state is making more than four million dollars available to expand addiction treatment services in New York City neighborhoods.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that up to four point five million dollars will fund the operation of ten residential treatment beds in the Bronx and up to fifty beds in Brooklyn. The Democrat says the funding will help people suffering from substance abuse get the treatment they need to combat addiction. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will select the service providers through a competitive bidding process.

The funding is part of the state’s ongoing effort to battle the heroin and opioid crisis occurring in communities across New York.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/complaint-filed-idaho-senator-yelled-students-53211065

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled “abortion is murder” at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss “killing babies” with a Democratic lawmaker. Senator Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize and denied any ties to the social media account that purported to belong to him. Foreman said:  “I think the response was dead on and people can take exception to that — they’re welcome to their point of view — but I take abortion seriously. It’s murder.”
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About a dozen University of Idaho students from Foreman’s district in the city of Moscow had traveled nearly three hundred miles for a scheduled meeting with him Monday. They planned to lobby for a Planned Parenthood-backed measure in the conservative state that would allow women to receive up to a twelve-month supply of prescribed birth control and would promote better sex education on college campuses.

Foreman abruptly canceled the meeting, and the students left a note and condoms in his office before heading to other meetings with lawmakers. He later passed the students in the hallway, and several recorded him shouting, “Abortion is murder.”

Foreman, sixty four, is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and retired Moscow police officer. He was narrowly elected to the Idaho Senate in two thousand sixteen in a surprise upset, ousting longtime Democratic Sen. Dan Schmidt.

During his first legislative session, Foreman shocked both parties by backing a proposal that would have classified abortion as first-degree murder — for the woman and the doctor.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/allergies/treatment-against-peanut-allergy-protected-kids-new-study-n849641

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that.

California-based Aimmune Therapeutics said sixty seven percent of kids who had its treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only four percent of others given a dummy powder.

The study involved nearly five hundred kids ages four to seventeen with severe peanut allergies. They were given either capsules of peanut flour or a dummy powder in gradually increasing amounts for six months, then continued on that final level for another six months. Neither the participants nor their doctors knew who was getting what until the study ended.

About twenty percent of kids getting the peanut powder dropped out of the study, twelve percent due to reactions or other problems.

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