The Health News USA November 4 2017

  • Former President Barack Obama stepped back into the limelight Wednesday to promote his signature healthcare law on the first day of 2018 sign-ups, joining former aides and grassroots activists who’ve launched a shadow campaign to fill the void left by President Trump’s open hostility to the law.
  • Catholic nurse Sara Pedro sued Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina  alleging it discriminated against her religious beliefs by failing to accommodate her objections to abortion, birth control and giving vaccinations. According to the suit, Pedro asked for and got an exemption from receiving vaccines soon after she began working at the hospital. In early December, she followed up by telling hospital administrators she was “unable” to assist with abortions as well as administering contraceptives and “any vaccines.”
  • A new study suggests that A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every five grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25%, according to lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan of Harvard Medical School.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 4th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/1/obama-promotes-health-care-law-first-day-sign-ups/

Former President Barack Obama stepped back into the limelight Wednesday to promote his signature healthcare law on the first day of two thousand eighteen sign-ups, joining former aides and grassroots activists who’ve launched a shadow campaign to fill the void left by President Trump’s open hostility to the law. In a web video, Mister Obama said it “only takes a few minutes” to shop for coverage on HealthCare.gov and said plans may cost less than a cellphone plan due to taxpayer-funded subsidies that blunt the cost of soaring premiums.
He also encouraged current customers to shop around for better deals on the exchanges.

“Spread the word to make sure everybody knows that it’s time to get covered on HealthCare.gov, because this country works best when we look out for one another,” he said in the clip released by Get America Covered, a coalition founded by ex-Obama staffers to promote the law. The first Obamacare enrollment period under Mister Trump began Wednesday with the health law’s backers fearing disaster. They say the president has cut outreach funding and slashed the enrollment period to just half of what Mister Obama allowed.
Mister Obama would also deploy top administration officials to spread the word each year.
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Democratic-run states are also stepping in to urge sign-ups. Covered California, a state-run exchange, increased its outreach budget by five million dollars, to one hundred eleven million dollars overall. It planned to run ads during Game seven of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2017/11/02/catholic-nurse-sues-duke-university-hospital-discrimination-after-she-refuses-assist-abortions-and-c/824601001/

A Catholic nurse sued Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina  alleging it discriminated against her religious beliefs by failing to accommodate her objections to abortion, birth control and giving vaccinations. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, asks Duke University and its health system for back pay and other damages on behalf of Sara Pedro, who moved from New York City in August two thousand sixteen to take a job at the hospital. Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, a conservative foundation whose advisory board includes former U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a two thousand twelve GOP presidential candidate, is assisting in the case.

A spokeswoman for Duke, Samiha Khanna, said that the hospital does not comment on active litigation. According to the suit, Pedro asked for and got an exemption from receiving vaccines soon after she began working at the hospital. In early December, she followed up by telling hospital administrators she was “unable” to assist with abortions as well as administering contraceptives and “any vaccines.” The Catholic Church has ruled that some vaccines, notably those used in the prevention of rubella, are morally questionable because they were developed from the tissue of aborted fetuses.
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Pedro has since returned to New York City and, according to the suit, is suffering from post-traumatic stress and other issues that prevent her from working. Her lawyers said she worked at hospitals in New York for eight years before moving to North Carolina and had an impeccable record. The lawsuit contends Duke violated the religious-discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of nineteen sixty four by failing to give Pedro a “reasonable accommodation” for her beliefs.

https://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-11-02/fiber-rich-diet-boosts-survival-from-colon-cancer

A new study suggests that a diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every five grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly twenty five  percent, said lead researcher Doctor Andrew Chan of Harvard Medical School.
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Doctor Chan cautioned, however, that the study does not prove that the additional fiber caused people to live longer, only that the two were associated. Fiber has been linked to better insulin control and less inflammation, which may account for better survival, he suggested. In addition, a high-fiber diet may protect people from developing colon cancer in the first place.
The greatest benefit was attributed to fiber from cereals and whole grains, according to the report. Vegetable fiber was linked to an overall reduction in death, but not specifically in death from colon cancer, and fiber from fruit was not linked to a reduction in death from any cause.
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For the study, Chan and his colleagues collected data on one thousand five hundred seventy five men and women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study, and who had been treated for colon or rectal cancer that had not spread beyond the colon. Specifically, the study looked at total fiber consumption in the six months to four years after the participants’ cancer diagnosis. The researchers also looked at deaths from colon cancer and any other cause. In an eight-year period, seven hundred seventy three participants died, including one hundred seventy four from colorectal cancer.

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