The Health News USA February 17 2018

  • Planned Parenthood is launching a counterattack in response to significant pro-life gains on the state and federal levels. The organization will push legislation to expand access to abortion in more than a dozen states this week and hopes to have initiatives in all 50 states by the end of the year. States taking up pro-choice policy this week include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.
  • A new study says that kidney stones may be increasing among both men and women in the US. The study, published Monday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looks at the prevalence of kidney stones over a period of almost 3 decades — from 1984 to 2014 — among more than 10,000 residents of Minnesota. Kidney stones are relatively common, affecting around 10% of people at some point in their lives.
  • A new study suggests that a federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences.  The Trauma Assistance for Needy Families program, part of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Family Assistance, is intended to help poverty-stricken recipients gain employment skills, secure jobs and adequate income so they can slowly become self-sufficient.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/14/planned-parenthood-pushing-pro-choice-legislation-/

Planned Parenthood is launching a counterattack in response to significant pro-life gains on the state and federal levels. The organization will push legislation to expand access to abortion in more than a dozen states this week and hopes to have initiatives in all fifty states by the end of the year.

The nation’s largest abortion provider will work alongside state lawmakers and local pro-choice organizations to expand access to “birth control, quality sex education, and safe, legal abortion.”
States taking up pro-choice policy this week include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. Some of the abortion provider’s partners include: the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis and the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus. The campaign comes at a moment of unprecedented strength for the pro-life movement. According to a report by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, nineteen states passed a total of sixty three pro-life laws in two thousand seventeen, the largest number enacted in a year since two thousand thirteen. Overall, the pro-life movement has enacted four hundred one pieces of legislation since two thousand eleven.

At the federal level, the Republican-controlled House has passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and banning abortion after twenty weeks’ gestation, the point at which pro-life activists say the unborn can feel pain. The pro-life movement also has a committed advocate in the White House. President Trump’s pro-life achievements include reinstating and expanding the Mexico City policy, which prohibits more than nine billion dollars in foreign aid from being used to promote abortion overseas, and signing a law allowing states to direct taxpayer funds earmarked for family planning services away from clinics that provide abortions.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/13/health/kidney-stones-study/index.html

A new study says that kidney stones may be increasing among both men and women in the US.
The study, published Monday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looks at the prevalence of kidney stones over a period of almost three decades — from nineteen eighty four to two thousand twelve — among more than ten thousand residents of Minnesota.

Kidney stones increased more than fourfold among women and more than twofold among men, it found. Young women ages eighteen to thirty nine had the highest increase in cases, jumping from sixty two to two hundred fifty two cases (per one hundred thousand person-years) from  nineteen eighty four to two thousand twelve. One person-year is a year lived by each participant for the duration of the study.
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Kidney stones are relatively common, affecting around ten percent of people at some point in their lives. Doctor John Lieske, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a lead author of the study said they are caused by solid pieces of material that crystallize in the kidney, ureters or bladder due to a number of genetic and environmental factors.
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Kidney stones are notoriously painful and can cause “renal colic” that comes in waves and spreads from the lower back to the inner thigh, according to Dr. Ralph Clayman, a professor of urology at the University of California, Irvine and an expert on kidney stone disease.
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In order to confirm a diagnosis of kidney stones, physicians may use imaging techniques such as ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scans. An increase in the overall use of CT scans over the past thirty years — which are more likely to pick up the stones — may be partially responsible for the increased rate of kidney stone diagnosis.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-poverty-trauma/trauma-support-may-help-low-income-families-earn-more-idUSKCN1FY2WV

A new study suggests that a federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences.  The Trauma Assistance for Needy Families program, part of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Family Assistance, is intended to help poverty-stricken recipients gain employment skills, secure jobs and adequate income so they can slowly become self-sufficient. Past or current physical or emotional distress are also entry criteria.

But years of study have shown the TANF program falls short of helping people enter the workforce and stay there. To explore potential improvements, researchers conducted a study in which one hundred three caregivers of small children were assigned to three separate groups.
As reported in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, all three groups received standard TANF programming, consisting of twenty hours per week of supervised job training and job search activities.

One group also received assistance in opening a credit union savings account where their savings were matched, plus twenty eight weeks of financial education about entrepreneurial activities, retirement and reducing debt. Another group received those same extra resources but in addition was invited to participate in a twenty eight-week self-empowerment group to help people deal with trauma. Examples of “trauma” include a work-limiting health condition, exposure to violence and adversity in the home, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. These problems are common among TANF participants, and most families in the program have at least one household member in prison, according to the researchers. Fifteen months later, the group that received the trauma support had improved scores in self-efficacy, while the TANF-only group had a significant decline in self-efficacy scores.

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