The Health News US March 26 2018

  • Anti-abortion measures gained ground across the country this week, with lawmakers in Kentucky passing a measure that, if signed into law, would be one of the most restrictive measures in the nation, and Idaho’s governor signing a law requiring doctors to report to the state how many abortions a woman has had. In Mississippi, a federal judge temporarily blocked a law banning abortions after 15 weeks.
  • Kids are down with using hip hop to learn about stroke prevention — and so are their parents, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.
    In the large, five-year randomized health trial, researchers studied more than 3,000 fourth through 6th graders from 22 public schools in New York City, plus 1,144 of their parents. The focus was schools with economically disadvantaged, minority children and their parents. Strokes kill four times more 35- to 54-year-old black Americans than white Americans.
  • Evidence already shows cooking meat at high temperatures can cause potentially cancer-causing chemicals to form. Now, researchers say cooking red and white meat over an open-flame or at high temperatures — including grilling, barbecuing, broiling and roasting — might modestly increase a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure. The results were presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association meeting. Avoiding cooked meat that’s well done or charred may also help to reduce the risk.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/idaho-kentucky-anti-abortion-measures-gain-ground-while-mississippi-bill-n859516

 

Anti-abortion measures gained ground across the country this week, with lawmakers in Kentucky passing a measure that, if signed into law, would be one of the most restrictive measures in the nation, and Idaho’s governor signing a law requiring doctors to report to the state how many abortions a woman has had. In Mississippi, a federal judge temporarily blocked a law banning abortions after fifteen weeks.

State legislators in typically conservative Utah, however, bucked the trend a bit by unanimously supporting a bill that makes it easier for women to purchase birth control. In Kentucky, the Republican-controlled state Senate approved legislation on Thursday that seeks to ban an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation after eleven weeks of pregnancy. According to Reuters, the procedure makes up sixteen percent of all abortions performed in Kentucky. After being approved by the Senate, thirty one to five, the measure will now be voted on by Kentucky’s House of Representatives, which passed another version of the legislation on March twelve with a seventy one to eleven vote. The state’s governor, Matt Bevin, a Republican, has described himself as “a one hundred percent pro-life legislator.”

In Idaho, Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, signed legislation on Thursday requiring that abortion providers report how many times their patients have terminated pregnancies, along with other personal information, such as the patient’s age, race and how many children she has.
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Both Idaho laws will go into effect on July one. The passage of a Mississippi bill that also highly restricts abortion was temporarily blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday, after the state’s only clinic that provides abortions, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued the state on behalf of its patients.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/hip-hop-teaches-kids-parents-spot-stroke-act-fast-article-1.3888508

 

Kids are down with using hip hop to learn about stroke prevention — and so are their parents, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. In the large, five-year randomized health trial, researchers studied more than three thousand fourth through sixth graders from twenty two public schools in New York City, plus one thousand one hundred forty four of their parents. The focus was schools with economically disadvantaged, minority children and their parents. Strokes kill four times more thirty five to fifty four-year-old black Americans than white Americans.

Study author Olajide Williams, an associate professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, told the Daily News said: “The lack of stroke recognition, especially among blacks, results in dangerous delays in treatment.” Led by Williams, subjects went through a multimedia stroke-awareness program that uses original hip-hop songs, comic books and cartoon-style videos.

Among the tutorials: the acronym F-A-S-T, which refers to stroke warning signs: Face dropping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call nine one one . That is turned into infectious rhythms and rhymes written by rapper Doug E. Fresh.
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Before the program — called “Hip Hop Stroke” — two percent of kids had optimal stroke knowledge. That number rose to fifty seven percent after it. Three months later, twenty four percent of children retained what they needed to know. Adults also got smarter. Pre-intervention, three percent of parents could identify stroke symptoms. That rose to twenty percent after. Three months later, seventeen percent retained the information.
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https://www.today.com/health/grilling-meat-may-raise-risk-high-blood-pressure-study-t125532

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Evidence already shows cooking meat at high temperatures can cause potentially cancer-causing chemicals to form. Now, researchers say cooking red and white meat over an open-flame or at high temperatures — including grilling, barbecuing, broiling and roasting — might modestly increase a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure. The results were presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association meeting.

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Avoiding cooked meat that’s well done or charred may also help to reduce the risk. High blood pressure — which affects almost half of the U.S. adult population — is sometimes called the “silent killer” because it often has no symptoms and can lead to heart attacks and stroke. For the study, researchers followed thirty two thousand nine hundred twenty five women from the Nurses’ Health Study; fifty three thousand eight hundred fifty two women from the Nurses’ Health Study Two, and seventeen thousand one hundred four men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. None had high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer at the start. Over the next twelve to sixteen years, thirty seven thousand one hundred twenty three of the participants developed high blood pressure.

Among those who reported eating at least two servings of red meat, chicken or fish a week, the risk of developing high blood pressure was seventeen percent higher in people who grilled, broiled, or roasted the meat more than fifteen times per month compared to people who used those high-temp cooking techniques less than four times a month. The risk of developing high blood pressure was also fifteen percent higher in people who preferred their food well done, compared to those who preferred rarer meats.

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There’s no conclusive evidence that grilled meats can cause cancer in humans but processed meat, such as bacon or hot dogs, does cause cancer, and red meat probably does, too, a World Health Organization group announced in two thousand fifteen.
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