The Health News USA October 1 2017

Overview

  • Fox 5 reported that a 50-year-old Georgia woman is lucky to be alive after losing all four limbs to a sepsis infection that she initially thought was a case of the flu. Kim Steele, whose medical plight began in May 2017, was at one point given just a 9% chance of survival. Steele was rushed to Piedmont Henry Hospital where she was admitted to the facility’s ICU and fell into septic shock.
  • Stung by another health care defeat this week, President Trump said Wednesday he will begin talking with Democrats on legislation that can replace the law signed by predecessor Barack Obama. Trump also insisted on Wednesday that Republicans do “have the votes” on health care, but don’t have the ability to get it done before a key deadline on Friday.
  • The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International to look at ways of reducing the harm from smoking. The United Nations health body said there was a conflict of interest in a tobacco firm funding such research — drawing a sharp rebuke from the Foundation’s head who said his work was independent.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 1st of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/09/28/woman-loses-both-hands-legs-after-sepsis-battle.html

Fox Five reported that a fifty-year-old Georgia woman is lucky to be alive after losing all four limbs to a sepsis infection that she initially thought was a case of the flu. Kim Steele, whose medical plight began in May two thousand sixteen , was at one point given just a nine percent chance of survival. Steele was rushed to Piedmont Henry Hospital where she was admitted to the facility’s ICU and fell into septic shock.

Doctor Greg Evans, who treated Steele at the time, believes pneumonia may have been the cause of her infection. She was placed in a medically induced coma and treated with antibiotics and medication that cut blood flow to her limbs. Months later she became a quadruple amputee. Now sixteen months later, Steele is living independently again, and walking and cooking with the help of prosthetic limbs. Evans said his former patient “truly is a survivor.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/27/trump-says-hell-negotiate-democrats-health-care-plan/708790001/

Stung by another health care defeat this week, President Trump said Wednesday he will begin talking with Democrats on legislation that can replace the law signed by predecessor Barack Obama.  The president said he hopes for a health care vote in January, February or March. In the meantime, the president said he plans to sign an executive order – likely next week – that would enable people to buy health insurance across state lines, though there is some question as to whether a president has the authority to effect such a change.

Trump also insisted on Wednesday that Republicans do “have the votes” on health care, but don’t have the ability to get it done before a key deadline on Friday. Since the election, Republicans have been struggling to round up enough party support for a plan to repeal and replace Obama’s health care law. They are now racing against the clock; after September thirty, the chamber’s rules change and lawmakers won’t be able to pass a new bill with just fifty votes. This is critical, since past health care efforts to overhaul health care have failed even with fifty two Republicans in the chamber.

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The president has also called for scrapping the Senate filibuster rule. It allows a party, in this case the Democrats, to block legislation and force opponents to come up with sixty votes to override the filibuster as for health care, Trump’s prospects for negotiations with the Democrats remain unclear. Throughout the healthcare debate, Democrats have said they will not support any plan that makes it harder for people to buy health insurance, effectively cutting them off from coverage.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/28/who-tells-governments-to-reject-philip-morris-funded-smoking-foundation.html

The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International to look at ways of reducing the harm from smoking. The United Nations health body said there was a conflict of interest in a tobacco firm funding such research — drawing a sharp rebuke from the Foundation’s head who said his work was independent. Philip Morris International said this month it wanted to help set up a body called the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and planned to give it about eighty  million a year for twelve years to keep it running.

The U.N. body said on Thursday there were already proven techniques to tackle smoking — including tobacco taxes, graphic warning labels and advertising bans — which the tobacco industry had opposed in the past. “WHO will not partner with the Foundation. Governments should not partner with the Foundation and the public health community should follow this lead,” it said. The foundation’s founder and president-designate, Derek Yach, a former senior official at the WHO, said more collaboration, not less, was needed to win the war on smoking.
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He said the foundation was a non-profit organization with strict rules to insulate it from the influence of the tobacco industry, and its research agenda would be subject to peer review.

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