The Health News USA July 10 2017


  • Women who have a high sugar intake during pregnancy shows 38% higher risk of their children developing an allergy or allergic asthma.
  • Stem cell tourism’should be more tightly regulated and must undergo clinical trials to determine whether a proposed treatment is safe and effective.
  • Donald Trump may be responsible for convincing a majority of Americans that single-payer national health insurance makes sense. He wants to repeal Obamacare, but do it in a humane way.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 10th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Women who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children’s risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal.

The researchers looked at allergies that produce respiratory and skin symptoms, including dust mites, cats and grass. “Allergic asthma” causes breathing problems, like wheezing and coughing, in the presence of common allergens such as dust.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London used data gathered from nearly nine thousand mother-child pairs in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, an ongoing research project that tracks the health of families with children born between April one  nineteen ninety one and December thirty-one nineteen ninety two .

According to the World Health Organization, two hundred thirty five million people have asthma, and it’s a common disease among children. That number is expected to increase to four hundred million by two thousand and twenty five. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that worldwide, sensitivity to one or more allergens among children is approaching forty percent or fifty percent, and ten point six percent of children reported respiratory allergies in the previous twelve months in two thousand and twelve. “The dramatic ‘epidemic’ of asthma and allergies in the West in the last fifty years is still largely unexplained — one potential culprit is a change in diet,” said Annabelle Bedard, lead author and a postdoctoral fellow at Queen Mary’s Centre for Primary Care and Public Health Blizard Institute. “Intake of free sugar and high fructose corn syrup has increased substantially over this period.”

The children of women with highest sugar intake during pregnancy had a thirty eight percent higher risk of allergy diagnosis, the researchers calculated. Kids of the moms in this group had a seventy three percent increased risk of being diagnosed with an allergy to two or more allergens. And the allergic asthma risk increased by one hundred and one percent for children of moms in the high-sugar consumption group, meaning the risk of developing allergic asthma was double that of kids born to women in the low-sugar group.

Stem cell tourism — in which patients travel to developing countries for unproven and potentially risky therapies — should be more tightly regulated, according to a group of international health experts. With hundreds of medical centers around the world claiming to be able to repair tissue damaged by conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, tackling unscrupulous advertising of such procedures is crucial.

These therapies are advertised directly to patients with the promise of a cure, but there is often little or no evidence to show they will help or that they will not cause harm, the fifteen experts wrote in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Some types of stem cell transplant — mainly using blood and skin stem cells — have been approved by regulators after full clinical trials found they could treat certain types of cancer and grow skin grafts for burn patients.

But many other potential therapies are only in the earliest stages of development and have not been approved by regulators.

“Stem cell therapies hold a lot of promise, but we need rigorous clinical trials and regulatory processes to determine whether a proposed treatment is safe, effective and better than existing treatments,” said one of the fifteen, Sarah Chan of Britain’s University of Edinburgh.

The experts called for global action, led by the World Health Organization, to introduce controls on advertising and to agree on international standards for the manufacture and testing of cell- and tissue-based therapies.

According to the WHO the the globalization of health markets and the specific tensions surrounding stem cell research and its applications have made this a difficult challenge,” they wrote. “However, the stakes are too high not to take a united stance.

Donald Trump may be responsible for convincing a majority of Americans that single-payer national health insurance makes sense.

The president has said he wants to repeal Obamacare, but do it in a humane way. He has said, among many other things, that wants to make sure the poor, children and people suffering from chronic illnesses can afford quality health care.

He understands on some gut level that people shouldn’t be denied access to doctors just because they don’t have the money to pay health insurance premiums or jobs that provide health insurance.

Before Trump’s election, Republicans in Congress had spent years calling for the repeal of Obamacare. They said it was socialism, un-American and too costly.

But now they are desperately trying to find some sort of realistic replacement and discovering that it is basically impossible.

That’s because Obamacare itself was a bastardized version of universal health care, designed as a short-term solution to a major health care crisis.

By relying on the private insurance companies, former President Barack Obama’s health care plan virtually guaranteed that premiums would escalate to the point that people would no longer be able to pay for them.

Right now, health insurance companies make billions of dollars that do nothing to improve health care. That’s money that could be, should be, used to pay for hospital rooms, lab tests, doctor’s visits for children, vaccinations.

The deeply flawed program [Obamacare] he eventually passed was a compromise because Republicans and health insurance companies didn’t want true universal health care and successfully lobbied against it. They raised the specter of a tax increase to fund national health care.

It seems like ancient history, but it wasn’t long ago that people who were sick, individuals with pre-existing conditions, were denied access to health insurance. That was inhumane and today President Trump and most Republicans admit as much.

In addition, many American companies coming out of the Great Recession and trying to compete internationally decided to eliminate health insurance for their employees. Companies in Japan, China, Canada, Germany and everywhere else in the world don’t have to pay for their employees’ health care because the government does it for them. American companies spend billions of dollars to provide healthcare to their employees.

The U.S. spends more than two trillion dollars annually on healthcare, far more than any other nation in the world. Yet, studies show we do not have the best healthcare outcomes.

Republicans, despite all their talk of market competition, have no realistic alternative to Obamacare. Millions of Americans will be denied health insurance.

The President has inadvertently given new life to single-payer universal health care. Donald Trump may be the reason it becomes the law of the land.

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