The Health News USA March 16 2018

  • A new study has found that poorer Americans with anal cancer which is a highly treatable disease are more likely to die than wealthier patients. Researchers analyzed 2004-2013 data from 9,550 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus. Each year, 8,200 cases are diagnosed in the United States, and more than 1,000 people die of the disease. The researchers noted that anal cancer is becoming increasingly common. They suspect it relates to changing trends in sexual behavior and exposure to known risk factors such as human papilloma virus and tobacco use.
  • In an effort to engage more black men about their heart health, doctors are trying to meet patients where they are — specifically at the barbershop. Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles approached black barbershop owners about bringing up the subject of blood pressure with their customers. Non-Hispanic black men have the highest rate of hypertension-related death of any racial, ethnic, or sex group in the United States. Black men have less physician interaction than black women and lower rates of hypertension treatment and control, necessitating community outreach.
  • Everyone wants to be happy. But according to research, you have a better shot at it in certain cities. According to a new ranking from WalletHub, the happiest city in America is Fremont, California, followed by Bismarck, North Dakota, and San Jose, California,  Four out of the top ten cities are in California, with two in North Dakota and Texas, respectively. WalletHub ranked the happiest cities in America – more than 180– across three categories: emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2018-03-12/odds-of-surviving-anal-cancer-colored-by-income

A new study has found that poorer Americans with anal cancer which is a highly treatable disease are more likely to die than wealthier patients.  Researchers analyzed two thousand four to two thousand thirteen data from nine thousand five hundred fifty patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus. Each year, eight thousand two hundred cases are diagnosed in the United States, and more than one thousand people die of the disease.

According to the study published online March twelve in the journal Cancer, patients in areas with lower household incomes had worse rates of overall survival and cancer-specific survival than those in the highest income areas. Overall, patients with the lowest median household incomes had a thirty two percent higher risk of early death compared to the wealthiest patients.
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The risk of cancer death was also higher among older patients, as well as those who were black, male or unmarried, and whose cancer was more advanced at diagnosis.
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The researchers noted that anal cancer is becoming increasingly common. They suspect it relates to changing trends in sexual behavior and exposure to known risk factors such as human papilloma virus and tobacco use.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/12/docs-take-blood-pressure-message-black-barbershops/

In an effort to engage more black men about their heart health, doctors are trying to meet patients where they are — specifically at the barbershop. Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles approached black barbershop owners about bringing up the subject of blood pressure with their customers. Their results were published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The authors wrote in their introduction: “Non-Hispanic black men have the highest rate of hypertension-related death of any racial, ethnic, or sex group in the United States. Black men have less physician interaction than black women and lower rates of hypertension treatment and control, necessitating community outreach.” The researchers enrolled fifty two black barbershop owners, who were divided into two groups. The first would encourage their customers to meet with a pharmacist and their doctor about medication that could help lower their blood pressure.

 

The second group, however, suggested lifestyle changes that could help their patrons improve their blood pressure while also encouraging them to make appointments with their doctors. The study followed three hundred nineteen black men that patronized the barbershops who had a systolic blood pressure — the pressure of blood flow when the heart pumps — of one hundred forty millimeters of mercury or more, a clinically high and dangerous level.

 

Over the course of six months, both control groups experienced a drop in blood pressure, although the first group — with a medication intervention — had a decline three times more than the group that only promoted lifestyle changes and doctor visits.
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https://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2018-03-12/the-10-happiest-cities-in-america

Everyone wants to be happy. But according to research, you have a better shot at it in certain cities. According to a new ranking from WalletHub, the happiest city in America is Fremont, California, followed by Bismarck, North Dakota, and San Jose, California,  Four out of the top ten cities are in California, with two in North Dakota and Texas, respectively.

WalletHub ranked the happiest cities in America – more than one hundred eighty – across three categories: emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. Each section examined various happiness indicators, including everything from depression rate to average leisure time per day to income-growth rate. According to the report, the least happy city is Detroit, Michigan, with Huntington, West Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama, rounding out the bottom three.

By other metrics: Cities with the fewest work hours included Burlington, Vermont; Tallahassee, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; Missoula, Montana; Madison, Wisconsin; and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The lowest separation and divorce rates could be found in Fremont, California; Irvine, California; Gilbert, Arizona; Plano, Texas; and Pearl City, Hawaii.

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