The Health News USA November 20 2017

  • Each year in the US, about  7000 to 1,200 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications, and black women like are about three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. Women in the US are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world, and half of those deaths may be preventable, according to the CDC.
  • A new report from the CDC states that an average 12% of Americans ate their daily recommended amount of fruit, while an average of less than 9%  ate their daily recommended amount of vegetables in 2015. Federal guidelines say that adults should eat 1.5  to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day in order to reduce the risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.
  • The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader and former Democratic presidential candidate has announced on Friday that he has Parkinson’s disease. Mister Jackson wrote that he and his family about three years ago began to notice he was having increasing difficulty performing routine tasks and was initially reluctant to see doctors. He said he saw the diagnosis as “an opportunity” to use his platform to advocate a cure and said that he would not let it disrupt his other advocacy.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/health/black-women-maternal-mortality/index.html

Each year in the United States, about seven hundred to one thousand two hundred women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications, and black women are about three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy or delivery complications than white women.
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Women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world, and half of those deaths may be preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s pregnancy mortality surveillance system was implemented in  nineteen eighty six to track maternal deaths. Since then, the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths nationwide steadily increased from seven point two deaths per one hundred thousand live births in nineteen eighty seven to seventeen point eight per  one hundred thousand in two thousand nine and two thousand eleven. It remains complicated to answer why there has been a rise in deaths and why black women are more affected than women of other races.


Some point to differences in socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, education, insurance coverage, housing, levels of stress and community health among black and white women, including even implicit bias and variations in the ways in which healthcare is delivered to black versus white women. Historically, black women in low-income communities haven’t had the same access to quality care as white women in high-income communities.
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For instance, Doctor Elizabeth Howell, obstetrician-gynecologist and professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and her colleagues found that black women in New York City were more likely than white women to give birth in hospitals that already have a high rate of severe maternal morbidity or complications, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology last year. The researchers found that sixty three percent of white patients versus twenty three percent of black patients gave birth in the safest hospitals in the study.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/10-americans-eat-fruits-veggies-cdc-article-1.3640625


A new report from the Centers for Disease Control states that an average twelve percent of Americans ate their daily recommended amount of fruit, while an average of less than nine percent ate their daily recommended amount of vegetables in two thousand fifteen.
The report, compiled every two years, estimated the percentage of each state’s population meeting minimum recommendations by age, sex, race/ethnicity and income-to-poverty ratio for all fifty states and Washington, D.C. In terms of recommended fruit intake, West Virginia had the lowest percentage of the population with seven point three percent, while the highest still only reached fifteen point five percent in D.C. For vegetables, percentages ranged from five point eight in West Virginia and twelve in Alaska. Fourteen percent of New Yorkers met the recommended fruit minimum, while only nine point six percent met the vegetable minimum.
Women, adults aged thirty one to fifty, and Hispanics were the highest demographics who met the fruit recommended intake, while women, adults over fifty one, and people in the highest income groups met the vegetable recommended intake.

Federal guidelines say that adults should eat one point five to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables per day in order to reduce the risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, type two diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. The CDC suggests pre-preparing fruit and vegetables by chopping them at one time and freezing the excess or choosing frozen or canned fruit and veggie options, which are better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/jesse-jackson-parkinsons.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront

The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader and former Democratic presidential candidate, said Friday he has Parkinson’s disease. In a letter posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon, Mister Jackson, seventy six, shared the news and his struggle to accept it.

In the letter he says: “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.” Parkinson’s is a movement disorder. Its symptoms include muscle tremors and stiffness and poor balance and coordination. It typically begins after age fifty and can cause difficulty in sleeping, chewing, swallowing or speaking. Mister Jackson has been a civil rights advocate for fifty years and sought the Democratic presidential nominations in nineteen eighty four and  nineteen eighty eight. He was also a close associate of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

Mister Jackson wrote that he and his family about three years ago began to notice he was having increasing difficulty performing routine tasks and was initially reluctant to see doctors. He said he saw the diagnosis as “an opportunity” to use his platform to advocate a cure and said that he would not let it disrupt his other advocacy.

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