The Health News USA October 7 2017

  • Infant sleep positioners are meant to help babies snooze in a safe pose, but officials are warning parents that the pillows can cause their newborns to suffocate. The FDA issued the warning, saying the foam pillows, often called “nests” or “anti-roll” products, can actually cause babies to sleep in a position that could cut off their oxygen while they are sleeping.
  • Congress already blew one deadline for reauthorizing the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. Two committees — one in the Senate, the other in the House — are set Wednesday to begin marking up bills that would continue funding for CHIP. Ten states, primarily in the western United States, are projected to run out of CHIP funds in the next two months.
  • New York set a national organ donation record last year for the most paper enrollments in a single day. In 2016, 4,000 people in New York signed up in one day to donate their organs, a national record, according to LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organ-procurement organization. A New Yorker dies every 18 hours waiting for an organ transplant because there aren’t enough residents registered in the program.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 7th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/03/sleep-positioner-pillows-could-cause-babies-to-suffocate-fda-warns.html

Infant sleep positioners are meant to help babies snooze in a safe pose, but officials are warning parents that the pillows can cause their newborns to suffocate. The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning on Tuesday, saying the foam pillows, often called “nests” or “anti-roll” products, can actually cause babies to sleep in a position that could cut off their oxygen while they are sleeping. Parents often use the positioners to keep their babies from moving to an unwanted position as they sleep. Hundreds of different sleep positioners are sold in stores and online, including Amazon. One product was advertised as “one hundred percent premium quality cotton covered memory foam” that gives babies a comfortable sleeping position and to help them “breathe freely.” Several companies also claim the pillows can help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, deformation and gastroesophageal reflux.

But health officials said the positioners cause the infants to end up in a face down position that impairs their breathing. Several cases reported babies initially placed on their backs and sides in sleep positioners, but parents later finding them in “dangerous positions within or next to these products.” The FDA said parents should never use sleep positioners and babies should be placed in cribs without pillows, blankets, or any fluffy or loose items. Newborns also should always sleep on their backs. Officials have warned expecting parents about the dangers of sleep positioners for years. In two thousand ten, the FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission cited twelve babies who died when they suffocated using a sleep positioner.  About four thousand newborns die from suffocation, SIDS and other unknown causes each year.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/03/congress-moves-toward-funding-childrens-health-insurance-program.html

Congress already blew one deadline for reauthorizing the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. Two committees — one in the Senate, the other in the House — are set Wednesday to begin marking up bills that would continue funding for CHIP. The House bill would, among other things, help pay for the extension of CHIP funding by charging senior citizens who earn more than five hundred thousand dollars annually higher premiums than lower-earning people for Medicare. The meetings come after Congress failed by last Saturday’s deadline to reauthorize spending for CHIP, which provides health coverage to kids whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid coverage. Although that deadline passed, individual states have enough money in reserves from CHIP to continue providing coverage for nearly nine million or so children — at least for a short while.
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Ten states, primarily in the western United States, are projected to run out of CHIP funds in the next two months, according to the Center for Children and Families and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Congress’ failure to pass CHIP funding may have been partly or largely due to the failed effort by Senate Republican leaders in the last weeks of September to pass a last-ditch bill that would have repealed and replaced key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The deadline for that repeal bill was also last Saturday. While GOP leaders ultimately did not bother holding a vote on it because it would have been defeated, Democrats have blamed the repeal effort for delaying passing legislation to fund CHIP.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-set-record-organ-donation-enrollment-2016-article-1.3539639

New York set a national organ donation record last year for the most paper enrollments in a single day, a feat health officials are hoping to top at a sign-up session Wednesday.
In two thousand sixteen, four thousand people in New York signed up in one day to donate their organs, a national record, according to LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organ-procurement organization. Even so, a New Yorker dies every eighteen hours waiting for an organ transplant because there aren’t enough residents registered in the program. There are currently  ten thousand  New Yorkers who are waiting for a transplant. More than ninety percent of New Yorkers support organ donation. However, just thirty percent are registered. LiveOnNY hopes to change that Wednesday with its third annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day.

The group plans to get the word out with ads on the subway’s WiFi network and in elevators across the city.

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