The Health News USA September 26 2017


  • Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill grows, jeopardizes health bill. A vote must occur this week for Republicans to prevail with their narrow Senate majority.
  • Overall, nearly 60% of blood donations come from people over 40 and nearly 45% come from people older than 50. The problem is many regulars are aging out of the donor pool, and there are too few young people lining up to replace them.
  • Cannabis And Infertility: Study strongly suggests that the cannabinoids exert potent negative effects on the ovulatory cycle.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Senator Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Senator Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back it.

A vote must occur this week for Republicans to prevail with their narrow Senate majority. Next Sunday, protections expire against a Democratic filibuster, bill-killing delays that Republicans lack the votes to overcome. President Donald Trump seemed to distance himself from the showdown, saying his “primary focus” was his party’s drive to cut taxes.

Two GOP senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, have already said they oppose the legislation. All Democrats will vote against it. “No” votes from three of the fifty two GOP senators would kill the party’s effort to deliver on its vow to repeal “Obamacare” and would reprise the party’s politically jarring failure to accomplish that this summer.

Collins cited the bill’s cuts in the Medicaid program for low-income people and the likelihood that it would result in many losing health coverage and paying higher premiums. The Maine moderate also criticized a provision letting states make it easier for insurers to raise premiums on people with pre-existing medical conditions.”It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” said Collins. The conservative Cruz also voiced opposition, underscoring the bill’s problems with both ends of the GOP spectrum.

The bill would repeal much of the two thousand ten law, including its tax penalties on people who don’t buy insurance and on larger employers not offering coverage to workers.

It would eliminate Obama’s expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies the law provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs, substituting block grants to states.

Overall, nearly sixty percent of blood donations come from people over forty — and nearly forty five come from people older than fifty, according to the AABB, an international non-profit focused on transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The problem is many regulars are aging out of the donor pool. Increasingly, blood industry experts say, there are too few young people lining up to replace them.

“The older generations seemed to have internalized the message that we always have to have an adequate supply of blood on the shelves,” said James AuBuchon, president and chief executive of Bloodworks Northwest in Seattle. He added: “The younger generations just seem less wired toward that message.” For people who grew up during World War two — and their children, the Baby Boomers — blood donation was a civic duty that became a lifelong habit.

That cultural norm has changed, though, and for nearly a decade, blood banks have focused on recruiting teens and young adults, often through high school and college blood drives. The tactic has been successful: Kids in the youngest age groups —  sixteen to eighteen and nineteen to twenty two — now account for about twenty percent of all donations. But that’s not enough to compensate for lower turnout among people in their late twenties and thirties who can be harder to reach, more mobile and less inclined to donate than other generations. Fewer than ten percent of blood donations come from people ages twenty three to twenty nine, with a little more than twelve percent from people in their thirties.

According to a two thousand thirteen literature review, the role of cannabinoids in women’s reproductive health “has been poorly studied.” That’s despite the fact that we knew all the way back in nineteen seventy three that cannabinoid blood levels spike during ovulation and that a two thousand nine study established that the entire endocannabinoid system (ECS) is present and quietly active in the ovaries.

This is backed by mouse-tissue studies showing that THC inhibits ovulation and egg production. In real-human life, marijuana users have proven to be not so successful at IVF—they have poorer quality eggs and lower pregnancy rates than non-users. It also seems that the ECS also plays a role in creating—or, rather, as the evidence shows, impeding—the tiny contractions that help propel an embryo out of the oviduct and into the uterus. If you want to have a viable baby, though, you want muscular fallopian tubes contracting away at full bore. While at least some researchers conclude that unraveling the riddle of the ECS may be “an important task for researchers dealing with diseases of the female reproductive system,” as far as fertility goes, the news is not great.

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