The Health News USA November 3 2017

  • As Americans began signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans on Wednesday, experts expected reduced participation as a bitter political debate clouds the program’s future. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly failed to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, which they have said drives up costs for consumers and interferes with personal medical decisions.
  • A lesser-known obesity-related disease is quickly becoming more common. It’s known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions that, as the name implies, affects people who drink little to no alcohol yet have more than five percent of their liver made up of fat cells. According to the Mayo Clinic, NAFLD affects an estimated 80 million to 100 million Americans.
  • A new report from the March of Dimes finds the number of premature births is going up in the U.S. for the second year in a row after holding steady for the past three years. The report finds that 9.8 percent of babies born in the U.S. are born prematurely — 380,000 a year.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 3rd of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-enrollment/obamacare-2018-enrollment-clouded-by-uncertainty-under-trump-idUSKBN1D14G9

As Americans began signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans on Wednesday, experts expected reduced participation as a bitter political debate clouds the program’s future.
Republicans in Congress have repeatedly failed to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, which they have said drives up costs for consumers and interferes with personal medical decisions. Democrats have warned that repeal would leave millions of Americans without health coverage. President Donald Trump promised to kill Obama’s Affordable Care Act in his two thousand sixteen election campaign, and has taken steps to undermine a law he has declared “dead” and “imploding”. Trump’s administration cut Obamacare advertising by ninety percent and shortened the enrollment period by half. “The market’s going to be extremely confusing. There’s going to be entire complexity of choice,” said David Anderson, a health policy researcher at Duke University.
….
A new Trump ad, paid for by the Republican National Committee, blamed Democrats for Obamacare’s “skyrocketing” insurance premiums and for blocking efforts to repeal the law.
Obamacare advocates have warned that sign-ups for individual insurance coverage under the law could drop by about one million people in two thousand eighteen compared with two thousand seventeen. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that four million fewer people will sign up for Obamacare private insurance than previously forecast due to Trump policies.
….
The Trump administration has cut the two thousand eighteen enrollment period in half to six weeks from November one to December fifteen for states using the federal Healthcare.gov website. Enrollment previously ran until January thirty one, and many consumers tended to sign up in the last two weeks, according to state officials and organizations that help people choose insurance. The administration has also cut off billions of dollars in subsidies that insurers use to  discount out-of-pocket medical costs for low-income Americans and cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health insurance.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/31/fatty-liver-disease-affects-80-million-americans.html

A lesser-known obesity-related disease is quickly becoming more common. In fact, in its most serious form, the disease is estimated to become the leading cause for liver transplants by two thousand twenty, outpacing even hepatitis C. It’s known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD, an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions that, as the name implies, affects people who drink little to no alcohol yet have more than five percent of their liver made up of fat cells. According to the Mayo Clinic, NAFLD affects an estimated eighty million to one hundred million Americans.

The more progressive — and therefore more worrisome — form of the disease is known as NASH, or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. By this stage the disease has progressed to liver inflammation, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer — similar to the kind of damage occurring with heavy alcohol use. Doctor Rohit Loomba, chairman of the American Liver Foundation’s National Medical Advisory Committee, estimates that about thirty million Americans have NASH.

Doctor Jay Horton, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says an individual will typically discover he or she has fatty liver disease if they have a liver function test that comes back abnormal or if they have a scan of their abdomen for some other reason, such as gallstones. The number of deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis has risen every year since two thousand seven, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is now among the top fifteen causes of death for Americans. And with the obesity epidemic showing no signs of abating, demand for drugs to treat fatty liver disease is forecast to remain strong for decades, with the market for a NASH drug estimated to be anywhere from twenty billion dollars to thirty five billion dollars.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/u-s-gets-c-its-high-preterm-birth-rate-n816261

A new report from the March of Dimes finds the number of premature births is going up in the U.S. for the second year in a row after holding steady for the past three years. The report finds that nine point eight percent of babies born in the U.S. are born prematurely — three hundred eighty thousand a year. That’s down from ten point four percent in two thousand seven, but it’s ticked back up from nine point six percent in two thousand fifteen.
….
The March of Dimes — a charity founded to help prevent birth defects and premature births, surveyed rates of early births in all the states and U.S. territories. They graded states and cities based on preterm birth rates. Overall, the U.S. gets a “C”. The states with the highest rates of preterm births include Mississippi, with thirteen point six percent of babies born too soon; Louisiana with twelve point six percent and Alabama at twelve percent. Oregon and New Hampshire have the lowest rates but even Oregon sees eight percent of babies born too soon, and New Hampshire seven point eight percent. Portland, Oregon gets an “A” with a rate of seven percent.

According to Save the Children, the United States has the highest rate of babies who die the day they are born in the industrialized world. It says one hundred thirty countries have lower preterm birth rates than the U.S. Teenage girls are also more likely to have premature babies, as are women who don’t receive good prenatal care. And black women have far higher rates than white women.….

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.