The Health News USA March 15 2018

  • A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts’ attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump’s administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women’s birth control. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston dismissed a lawsuit by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that sought to block rules that provide exemptions from an Obamacare mandate requiring such coverage on moral or religious grounds.
  • A new study in the medical journal the Lancet has found that exposure to lead could contribute to as many as four hundred twelve thousand premature deaths each year in the United States.  That estimate of premature deaths is ten times larger than in previous studies, and could put deaths from exposure to the heavy metal on a par with smoking. Lead is most widely recognized as a hazard to children, who can suffer intellectual damage from even minimal exposure.
  • State health officials said that thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators who attended a national cheerleading competition last month in Dallas may have been exposed to mumps. Approximately 230,000 people attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship. According to the CDC, mumps is a contagious viral illness with symptoms that include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low-grade fever, tiredness and muscle aches.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 15th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-healthcare/judge-rejects-massachusetts-challenge-to-trump-birth-control-rules-idUSKCN1GO2M4

A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts’ attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump’s administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women’s birth control. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston dismissed a lawsuit by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that sought to block rules that provide exemptions from an Obamacare mandate requiring such coverage on moral or religious grounds.

The ruling came after two other judges in California and Pennsylvania in December issued preliminary injunctions blocking the Republican president’s administration from enforcing the rules, which it announced in October.
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He noted that after the new rules were announced, Massachusetts enacted a law in November called the ACCESS Act that required employer-sponsored health plans to cover birth control without imposing co-pays.
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The lawsuit is among several that Democratic state attorneys general filed after the Trump administration on October six unveiled the rules, which targeted the contraceptive mandate implemented as part of two thousand ten’s Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The rules allow businesses or nonprofits to lodge religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from the law’s mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance with no co-payment. Conservative Christian activists and congressional Republicans praised the move, while reproductive rights advocates and Democrats criticized it.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/12/lead-exposure-premature-deaths-us

A new study in the medical journal the Lancet has found that exposure to lead could contribute to as many as four hundred twelve thousand premature deaths each year in the United States.

That estimate of premature deaths is ten times larger than in previous studies, and could put deaths from exposure to the heavy metal on a par with smoking. Lead is most widely recognized as a hazard to children, who can suffer intellectual damage from even minimal exposure. However, because lead can contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure and hardening of arteries, it is also believed to contribute to cardiovascular and heart disease.
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The new Lancet study estimates that deaths from lead exposure approach the levels attributable to smoking, which kills four hundred eighty three thousand Americans each year. People are still far more likely to suffer complications from smoking. But only twenty percent of Americans now smoke, while lead exposure is more common, affecting ninety percent of people in the study. Lead was once routinely used in products like gasoline , paint  and plumbing and persists in the environment.

People with the highest lead levels had a thirty seven percent greater risk than normal of a premature death and a seventy percent greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
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Researchers said that it was possible these risk factors could confound the research and that scientists were unable to adjust for some other critical factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, including air pollution.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/09/health/mumps-cheerleaders-nca-health-trnd/index.html

State health officials said that thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators who attended a national cheerleading competition last month in Dallas may have been exposed to mumps.
Approximately two hundred thirty thousand people attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, said C.C. Gonzalez-Kurz, public information officer for the city. According to the NCA, more than twenty five thousand of those people were athletes and coaches.

 

No illnesses linked to the championship, held February twenty three to twenty five, have been reported so far, state health spokesman Chris Van Deusen told CNN. However, the virus’ shortest possible incubation period since that time only just ended.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a contagious viral illness with symptoms that include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low-grade fever, tiredness and muscle aches. Symptoms typically appear sixteen to eighteen days after infection, but the period can range from twelve to twenty five days.
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More than twenty three thousand athletes and six thousand six hundred coaches took part in the competition at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, according to the organizers. They hailed from thirty nine states and nine countries.
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The CDC reported that in two thousand seventeen, one hundred eighteen people from fifteen states and the District of Columbia had measles. This year, thirteen people from seven states — Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas — were reported to have measles through February twenty four.

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