The Health News USA November 6 2017

  • The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to continue a federal insurance program for millions of lower-income children and pregnant women, but with an ongoing funding battle it could be weeks before the program gets more money. The program’s funding lapsed on September 30, but most states have enough money to continue it past 2017.
  • Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans’ health. Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-2017 compared to the same period last year, according to one report published Friday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
  • According to three federal reports, America’s overall health checkup is mixed.  The good news: Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down as of mid-2017, compared to the same period last year. The bad news: Overall mortality rates are up from the same time last year, and deaths from drug overdoses in America rose a whopping 21% last year.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-children/u-s-house-approves-funding-for-childrens-healthcare-program-idUSKBN1D31XH

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to continue a federal insurance program for millions of lower-income children and pregnant women, but with an ongoing funding battle it could be weeks before the program gets more money. The House Republican measure was approved two hundred forty two to one hundred seventy four largely along party lines. It would continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP for five years. But Democrats warned the partisan House approach would not fly in the Senate, further delaying cash for the program that expired over a month ago.

Republicans control fifty two of the Senate’s one hundred seats, and sixty votes are needed for passage there. CHIP, which provides health insurance to about nine million children, has been a bipartisan program since its creation twenty years ago and reauthorizing funding has not been contentious – until now. Under President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, health care issues have become highly politicized as Republicans have repeatedly failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, a top Trump campaign promise.

The program’s funding lapsed on September thirty, but most states have enough money to continue it past two thousand seventeen. Still, eleven states, including Colorado, California, Utah, Ohio and Pennsylvania expect to exhaust their funding by the end of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Another twenty one states anticipate running out of money by the end of March 2018. The House bill extends the program for five years, and continues funding of community health centers for two years. It also includes one billion dollars for Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, hard hit by recent hurricanes. The bill became controversial after Republicans added provisions that would affect the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. They include slashing funding from the law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which among other things helps fight the opioid epidemic, and making it easier to kick people off Obamacare plans for non-payment of premiums.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/03/health/mortality-rates-report-cdc/index.html

Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans’ health. Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-two thousand seventeen compared to the same period last year, according to one report published Friday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Despite these “wins,” the overall mortality rate has increased from the same time last year, the report also indicated. This overall uptick includes the death rate for drug overdoses.

Two other reports released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics look at infant mortality and factors related to birth. These reports show that teen pregnancy continues to decline. Meanwhile, overall preterm births have persistently increased over the past couple of years. “Preterm birth is associated with a number of adverse outcomes for the infant and for the mom, and so seeing that trend kind of ticking in the wrong direction is something that could be potentially concerning,” said Lauren Rossen, report author and reproductive health surveillance lead at the National Center for Health Statistics. She added: “Preterm birth is one of the biggest risk factors for infant mortality.”

The infant mortality rate is made up of two subcategories: the neonatal mortality rate (deaths of infants up to twenty seven days old per one thousand live births) and postneonatal mortality rate (deaths of infants ages twenty eight days through eleven months per one thousand live births).
For two thousand sixteen, the rate of infant mortality was five point eighty seven per one thousand births. Neonatal mortality was three point eighty eight per one thousand births and postneonatal mortality was two per one thousand births. The causes of postneonatal deaths tend to be sudden unexpected infant death, which includes sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, unknown cause, and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/drug-overdoses-rise-heart-disease-deaths-fall-cdc-article-1.3609168

According to three federal reports, America’s overall health checkup is mixed.
First, the good news: Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down as of mid-two thousand seventeen, compared to the same period last year. The bad news: Overall mortality rates are up from the same time last year, and deaths from drug overdoses in America rose a whopping twenty one percent last year. For every  one hundred thousand residents, almost twenty died in drug overdoses in two thousand sixteen, compared to sixteen point three the year before, Bloomberg reported.

CDC researcher Farida Ahmad called the spike in OD’s “a stark increase. And the entire nation is on notice. President Trump last month declared the country’s opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency. Other new reports show that teen pregnancy continues to decline. But overall preterm births, a birth that occurs before the thirty seventh week of pregnancy, have persistently increased over the past couple of years.
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The new reports, Ahmad noted, identify emerging health trends and can assist healthcare professionals find the best strategies for helping people.

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