The Health News USA December 17 2017

  • The New York Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in the state, which means health care workers who haven’t had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients. Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says everyone over 6 months old is encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
  • California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend one billion dollars a year to provide healthcare to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers. The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age 19.
  • A U.S. Department of Agriculture report published in two thousand sixteen analyzed point of sale transaction data gathered from supermarkets, grocery markets and combination food and drug stores in two thousand. A startling finding: sugar-sweetened beverages, which include fruit juices, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and soft drinks, accounted for almost 10% of Americans’ grocery budgets. This is of considerable concern since high levels of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has been found to be a major risk factor for the obesity epidemic in the United States.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/12/14/health-department-says-flu-is-running-rampant-in-new-york.html

The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in New York state, which means health care workers who haven’t had a flu shot must wear masks around patients.
Health Commissioner Doctor Howard Zucker says everyone over six months old is encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible. He says the vaccine is especially important for people at high risk of complications from flu, including children under two, pregnant women and adults over sixty five.

The agency says there have been over one thousand eight hundred confirmed cases of influenza in fifty four counties and all boroughs of New York City. More than six hundred required hospitalization. Influenza season typically runs from October through May, often peaking in February.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article189648569.html

California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend one billion dollars a year to provide healthcare to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers. The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age nineteen.

It’s part of four point three billion dollars in new spending proposed by Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who leads the budget committee. Assembly Democrats also want to expand a tax credit for the working poor, boost preschool and child care, and increase college scholarships to reduce reliance on student loans. They also would commit three point two billion more than required to state budget reserves.

The proposal marks the Assembly’s opening volley in six months of budget negotiations with the Senate and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has been reluctant to commit to new ongoing spending on social services. California has significantly reduced its rate of uninsured people since former President Barack Obama’s health care law took effect, but about seven percent of residents still lack coverage. Many are people living in the country illegally, who are ineligible for U.S.-funded health care assistance.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sugar-sweetened-beverages-are-the-1-category-of-food_us_5a32a844e4b0b0232b691bf7?section=us_healthy-living

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report published in two thousand sixteen analyzed point of sale transaction data gathered from supermarkets, grocery markets and combination food and drug stores in two thousand. A startling finding: sugar-sweetened beverages, which include fruit juices, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and soft drinks, accounted for almost ten percent of Americans’ grocery budgets. This is of considerable concern since high levels of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has been found to be a major risk factor for the obesity epidemic in the United States. Experts report that calories consumed in liquid form do not trigger the same sensation of fullness; therefore, additional caloric intake by people tends to occur. These sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, despite the fact that consuming large amounts of these drinks is associated with health damaging consequences including an increased risk for obesity, type two diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay, and gout.

The USDA report compared the food purchasing patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP households to those of non-SNAP households from all income levels. SNAP provides benefits to U.S. households experiencing food insecurity, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to adequate foods. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs. Each month SNAP, a seventy three billion dollar program, provides nutrition assistance to over 41 million eligible, low-income Americans. About two-thirds of SNAP participants are children, elderly, or disabled people. On average, SNAP benefits account for over sixty percent of a SNAP household’s food-at-home expenditures, meaning this program plays a crucial role in providing nutrition for millions of Americans.

A recent study found that the program helps families buy more nutritious foods than they otherwise could afford. According to these researchers’ model, a thirty dollar increase in monthly SNAP benefits would increase participants’ consumption of nutritious foods, such as vegetables and healthy proteins, while reducing food insecurity and consumption of fast food. SNAP is a vital food assistance program that is important to the health of millions of Americans.

The USDA two thousand sixteen report found that the number one category of food purchased by SNAP households — as it was for other Americans — was sugar-sweetened beverages, representing ten percent of food dollars spent. An additional ten percent of food dollars were spent on desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar, revealing that almost one-fifth of all products purchased were broadly classified as foods with minimal nutritional value.

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