The Health News USA April 23 2018

  • A federal appeals court has declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down’s syndrome, of their fetuses.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the 2016 ban on “selective” abortions imposed an “undue burden” on the ability to have the procedure.
  • Following an E. coli outbreak in 16 states, officials are expanding their warning, advising people to avoid buying “all types of romaine lettuce” grown in Arizona. The CDC issued an updated statement on Friday urging consumers not to buy or consume romaine lettuce “unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.”
  • If you’re a 65 -year-old couple retiring this year you’ll need even more than that to cover health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ annual cost estimate. Fidelity estimates it will cost a couple $280,000 to cover their health care costs in retirement, up 2% from last year and 75% since its 2002 estimate of $160,000. The math assumes a couple retires at 65 and is eligible for Medicare.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-indiana/u-s-appeals-court-blocks-indiana-selective-abortion-law-idUSKBN1HR01R

A federal appeals court has declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down’s syndrome, of their fetuses.The seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the two thousand sixteen ban on “selective” abortions imposed an “undue burden” on the ability to have the procedure. It rejected Indiana’s suggestion that women’s privacy rights covered only the “binary choice” of whether or not to have a child, not whether to terminate particular pregnancies, including for genetic disabilities.
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The decision was the second from a federal appeals court in two days favoring Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocates. Also the sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati voided a two thousand sixteen Ohio law banning federal taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood clinics in that state, including for non-abortion services such as HIV testing. The Ohio law was signed by Republican Governor John Kasich. Pence, also a Republican, is now U.S. vice president.
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The seventh Circuit decision upheld a September two thousand seventeen permanent injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt against the Indiana law. By a two to one vote, the appeals court also struck down a separate provision essentially requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same manner as human remains.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/04/20/cdc-warns-people-to-avoid-all-types-romaine-lettuce-as-e-coli-outbreak-continues.html

Following an E. coli outbreak in sixteen states, officials are expanding their warning, advising people to avoid buying “all types of romaine lettuce” grown in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated statement on Friday urging consumers not to buy or consume romaine lettuce “unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.”
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The CDC said that the new warning comes after investigators discovered that inmates from a correctional facility in Alaska became ill after reportedly eating lettuce “from whole heads of romaine lettuce” from the affected region.
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There have been fifty three reported cases in sixteen states. Of those infected with the E. coli strain, thirty one people have been hospitalized. Although there are not reported deaths, five people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kind of kidney failure. Pennsylvania appears to have the highest number of illnesses, but cases have also been reported in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

Symptoms can appear on average after three to four days, and usually include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Although infections can be severe or even life-threatening, most are usually mild and clear up within a week.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/retirement/2018/04/20/retiree-couples-face-medical-bills-280000-dollars/534438002/

If you’re a sixty five-year-old couple retiring this year you’ll need even more to cover health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ annual cost estimate. Fidelity estimates it will cost a couple two hundred eighty thousand dollars to cover their health care costs in retirement, up two percent from last year and seventy five percent since its two thousand two estimate of one hundred sixty thousand dollars. The math assumes a couple retires at sixty five and is eligible for Medicare. The cost for care for males in retirement is an estimated one hundred thirty three thousand dollars, while the tab for women, who tend to live longer than men, is one hundred forty seven thousand dollars.
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The study found that the financial pain could be more acute for Americans who retire early. Fidelity recently polled one thousand people between fifty and sixty four who have retired in the past three years and found that while almost all had some form of health insurance, thirty six percent were paying five hundred a month or more in health care premiums. When early retirees were asked how they were paying for out-of-pocket premiums, copays and insurance plan deductibles, about half (forty nine percent) said they were “dipping into personal savings,” twenty four percent were relying on Social Security income and fifteen percent used retirement savings.

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