The Health News USA July 27 2017

Overview

  • New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19. New Jersey’s new law applies to e-cigarettes, as well as conventional tobacco products, and triggers fines against anyone who sells, gives or offers such products to someone younger than twenty one. It goes into effect November 1.
  • The Senate decisively rejected a Republican proposal to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, a sign of the chaos expected to envelop Capitol Hill as GOP leaders work to find a plan their conference can agree to.
  • Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 27th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/22/health/new-jersey-christie-raise-smoking-age/index.html

New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to twenty one, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from nineteen. “We are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,” Christie said in a statement. “My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance. “A reduction in smoking-related health problems also would ease the strain on the state’s health care system, Christie said.

New York City in two thousand and thirteen raised its smoking age to twenty one, making it the largest of a cadre of local jurisdictions to raise the standard.Hawaii, in two thousand and fifteen, became the first state to do so. California followed suit a year later. A bill that raises the minimum age to twenty one to purchase tobacco products in Oregon is awaiting the signature of Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat.

Raising the minimum age to twenty one nationwide would result in almost two hundred fifty thousand fewer premature deaths and forty five thousand fewer lung cancer deaths among people born between two thousand and two thousand nineteen, a two thousand and fifteen study by National Institute of Medicine found.

New Jersey’s new law applies to e-cigarettes, as well as conventional tobacco products, and triggers fines against anyone who sells, gives or offers such products to someone younger than twenty one. It goes into effect November one.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/senate-health-care-vote/index.html

The Senate decisively rejected a Republican proposal to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, a sign of the chaos expected to envelop Capitol Hill as GOP leaders work to find a plan their conference can agree to. Wednesday morning, floor debate on the legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act will continue, even though there aren’t any guarantees the votes are there to eventually pass it -and it’s unclear what a final bill will look like. But little may match the drama of Tuesday’s vote on the motion to proceed, when Senator John McCain returned from Arizona to applause from fellow senators to cast what would be a critical vote for the Republicans.

Two GOP senators — Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — sided with all Democrats in opposition, meaning all remaining Republicans and Pence were necessary for the motion to pass. Emotions were high all afternoon — as the vote began, protesters in the Senate gallery shouted “kill the bill” and “shame, shame, shame!” The vote came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump dared their fellow Republicans to block their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Senators late Tuesday cast their first vote on what could be dozens of amendments considered to it.This first vote dealt with a measure that combined a previous Senate proposal known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act — that was rejected by several Republican senators — with one hundred billion dollars in extra money for people on Medicaid desired by moderate Republicans and a proposal from conservative Senator Ted Cruz, to allow bare-bones health insurance plans. Democrats moved successfully to kill the amendment, which was possible because it had not been officially scored by the Congressional Budget Office and therefore didn’t meet the complicated reconciliation rules that the Senate is using to consider the bill.

Republicans needed sixty votes to keep the amendment alive. It died on a forty three to fifty seven vote.The vote came after a Senate clerk was forced to read the text of the amendment aloud in the Senate chamber, all part of the delaying tactics Democrats employing to express their overall unhappiness with the bill. On Wednesday, senators are expected to cast a vote on a “repeal-only” proposal. It too is expected to be defeated because many Republicans as well as all Democrats reject repealing without a replacement ready.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/brain-disease-football-players-large-report-48836937

Research on two hundred and two former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.The report doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE.

Many donors or their families contributed because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.”There are many questions that remain unanswered,” said lead author Doctor Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. “How common is this” in the general population and all football players? “How many years of football is too many?” and “What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years,” she noted.It’s also uncertain if some players’ lifestyle habits — alcohol, drugs, steroids, diet — might somehow contribute, McKee said.

The new report was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CTE was diagnosed in one hundred seventy seven former players or nearly ninety percent of brains studied. That includes one hundred ten of one hundred eleven brains from former NFL players; forty eight of fifty three college players; nine of fourteen semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football league players and three of fourteen high school players.

The average age of death among all players studied was sixty six. There were eighteen suicides among the one hundred seventy seven diagnosed.

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