The Health News USA September 25 2017

Overview

  • Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who took his life while serving a murder sentence in prison, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy commonly known as CTE.  The neurodegenerative brain disease has Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, aggression, rage and, at times, suicidal behavior.
  • Health officials warned that Death Wish Coffee Company’s cold brew might lead to death. The coffee company, which claims to sell the “world’s strongest coffee,” announced it’s recalling their eleven-ounce Nitro Cold Brew cans because it could lead to botulism, a form of food poisoning that could be fatal.
  • A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state’s healthcare exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018. Rates will be finalized in October. Consumers will start choosing plans when open enrollment begins November one.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 25th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/21/health/aaron-hernandez-cte/index.html

Aaron Hernandez, the former National Football League (NFL) star who took his life while serving a murder sentence in prison, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy commonly known as CTE,  according to Attorney Jose Baez. Baez cited study results compiled by the Boston University’s CTE Center, which examined Hernandez’s brain for the neurodegenerative brain disease. Hernandez played for the New England Patriots from two thousand ten to two thousand twelve after a standout collegiate career at the University of Florida. According to a statement from BU, Hernandez’s brain was examined by Doctor Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center. The neurodegenerative brain disease has Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, aggression, rage and, at times, suicidal behavior. It is believed to result from repeated trauma to the head, which results in a buildup of the abnormal protein tau that clumps in the brain. The disease is categorized in four degrees, with Stage four  being the most severe. According to McKee’s analysis, Hernandez was found to have Stage three CTE, which is commonly associated with cognitive and memory loss, as well as behavioral changes and impaired judgment. Hernandez was found to have early degeneration of brain cells and large tears in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane of the brain.

The initial examination was confirmed by a second neuropathologist at Boston University. CTE can be diagnosed only after death. Researchers are working on ways to detect it in the living, with the hope of being able to treat it one day.Hernandez hanged himself in prison in April. He was twenty seven.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/09/21/death-wish-cold-brew-coffee-recalled-over-botulism-concerns.html

Health officials warned that Death Wish Coffee Company’s cold brew might lead to death.
The coffee company, which claims to sell the “world’s strongest coffee,” announced it’s recalling their eleven-ounce Nitro Cold Brew cans because it could lead to botulism, a form of food poisoning that could be fatal. Mike Brown, the company’s founder said in a statement:  “Our customers’ safety is of paramount importance and Death Wish Coffee is taking this significant, proactive step to ensure that the highest quality, safest and, of course, strongest coffee products we produce are of industry-exceeding standards.”

The processing of the beverage could cause the deadly toxin to grow and produce, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Botulism becomes a breeding ground in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging. The toxin attacks a person’s nerves, causing breathing difficulties, and in more serious cases, death.

The FDA said that the drink has been pulled from shelves and is no longer sold on its website. No illnesses have been reported and the recall was issued as a precaution.  Customers who already purchased the drinks will be refunded in sixty days. Death Wish coffee contains nearly twice the recommended daily coffee intake for a person, Live Science reported. Many of its drinks contain more than seven hundred milligrams of caffeine per twelve fluid ounces, though the cold brew contained three hundred eighty milligrams per can – slightly below the recommended four hundred milligram intake.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article174631201.html

A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state’s healthcare exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by two thousand eighteen.
The state Insurance Department submitted rates to the federal government on Wednesday.
The department’s analysis shows the average increases for different levels of plans across the state, breaks down some of the likely increases by county and shows which insurers will offer plans where. It comes after proposed rate increases from insurers were released last month.
The rates would jump by sixteen to thirty seven percent, increasing the average cost of the lowest-priced silver plans by thirty five percent statewide. The lowest-priced bronze-level plans would increase by twenty percent and that the lowest-priced gold plans would increase by sixteen percent.

The department generally can’t reject or change proposed rates, but it does have the power to try to negotiate them. Residents also will see less competition among insurance providers because the number of counties that have only one insurer on the exchange is expected to go up. Residents have acquired health insurance through employers or government programs in recent years. But over three hundred fifty thousand Illinois residents enrolled in the exchange plans in two thousand seventeen. Rates will be finalized in October. Consumers will start choosing plans when open enrollment begins November one.

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