The Health News USA April 9 2018

  • A US study suggests that workers who are exposed to a lot of noise on the job are more likely to develop high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.  While noisy jobs have long been associated with hearing difficulties, the current study offers fresh evidence that louder work conditions might contribute to risk factors for heart disease as well.
  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed legislation to make the island state the eighth U.S. jurisdiction where physician-assisted suicide is legal. The Our Choice, Our Care Act was written “to ensure that the patient is in full control,” the governor said, and will give terminally ill Hawaiians “choices and peace of mind” at the end of their lives. The Hawaii law is modeled after the law in Oregon. It allows doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients who are mentally competent and have a prognosis of 6 months or less to live.
  • Lawyers are asking a judge to appoint an independent monitor for an Ohio fertility clinic that had a storage tank malfunction that destroyed more than 4,000 eggs and embryos. The lawyers, on behalf of their clients, say in their motion filed Thursday they are seeking an expert in in vitro fertilization and storage of eggs and embryos to monitor the clinic run by University Hospitals in suburban Cleveland.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 9th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-noise-hypertension-lipids/noisy-workplace-tied-to-high-blood-pressure-and-high-cholesterol-idUSKCN1HC2B9

A US study suggests that workers who are exposed to a lot of noise on the job are more likely to develop high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.  While noisy jobs have long been associated with hearing difficulties, the current study offers fresh evidence that louder work conditions might contribute to risk factors for heart disease as well.

Study co author Elizabeth Masterson of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio said: “A significant percentage of the workers we studied have hearing difficulty, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could be attributed to noise at work.” She said by email that about twenty two million U.S. workers are exposed to loud noise on the job.
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Noise is thought to increase heart risks by causing stress, which in turn triggers release of stress hormones like cortisol, and changes in blood vessels and heart rate, the study team notes in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. For the study, researchers examined nationally-representative survey data from twenty two thousand nine hundred six adults who were employed in two thousand fourteen. One in four workers reported exposure to occupational noise at some point in the past, and fourteen percent had experienced loud work conditions in the previous year. Industries with the most noise exposure included mining, construction and manufacturing.

Overall, twelve percent of participants had hearing difficulties, twenty four percent had high blood pressure, twenty eight percent had high cholesterol and four percent had experienced a major cardiovascular problem like a heart attack or stroke. After accounting for participants’ other risk factors, the researchers attributed fifty eight percent of the cases of hearing difficulty, fourteen percent of the instances of high blood pressure and nine percent of the elevated cholesterol cases to exposure to occupational noise. The study did not, however, find a clear link between noisy work conditions and heart disease, heart attacks or strokes. It’s possible there were too few people with these medical issues to determine whether the conditions might be associated with occupational noise.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/6/hawaii-becomes-eighth-jurisdiction-where-assisted-/

Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed legislation to make the island state the eighth U.S. jurisdiction where physician-assisted suicide is legal. The Our Choice, Our Care Act was written “to ensure that the patient is in full control,” the governor said, and will give terminally ill Hawaiians “choices and peace of mind” at the end of their lives.

Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide when voters approved a ballot measure in nineteen ninety four. Four additional states — California, Colorado, Vermont and Washington — and the District of Columbia have since passed legislation permitting the practice. The Montana Supreme Court ruled in two thousand nine that aid in dying is legal there.

The Hawaii law is modeled after the law in Oregon. It allows doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients who are mentally competent and have a prognosis of six months or less to live. Two doctors must confirm the terminal diagnosis. The patient must make two separate requests for life-ending drugs, with a twenty-day waiting period between the first and second request.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/lawyers-seek-independent-monitor-fertility-clinic-54284100?cid=clicksource_26_4_article

Lawyers are asking a judge to appoint an independent monitor for an Ohio fertility clinic that had a storage tank malfunction that destroyed more than four thousand eggs and embryos. The lawyers, on behalf of their clients, say in their motion filed Thursday they are seeking an expert in in vitro fertilization and storage of eggs and embryos to monitor the clinic run by University Hospitals in suburban Cleveland.

Attorney Joe Peiffer says they feel the storage system and the fertility facility at the clinic are “woefully inadequate.” The clinic previously said an alarm system was turned off on the storage tank that malfunctioned in early March. University Hospitals is facing several lawsuits. A hospital spokesman said that they have been working with various regulatory and accrediting agencies since the malfunction.

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