The Health News USA September 21 2017

Overview

  • US data suggest that triathlon competitors may be more likely to die suddenly and suffer a fatal trauma or cardiac arrest than previously thought. A study of more than 9 million participants over three decades found that deaths and cardiac arrests struck 1.74 out of every 100,000 competitors.
  • From a candidate who famously declared that single payer will “never ever come to pass” and branded it as offering everyone “a pony” to legislation — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Senate Bill 1804, co-sponsored by a third of Senate Democrats, and Rep. John Conyers’ House Resolution 676 by half of House Democrats.
  • The Cuban government on Tuesday again denied any involvement in or any knowledge of a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected American diplomats in Havana.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 21st of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-triathlons-casualties/triathlon-deaths-not-rare-and-risks-rise-with-age-idUSKCN1BT2LO

US data suggest that triathlon competitors may be more likely to die suddenly and suffer a fatal trauma or cardiac arrest than previously thought. A study of more than nine million participants over three decades found that deaths and cardiac arrests struck one point seventy four out of every one hundred thousand competitors. The risk associated with a single triathlon was higher than the annual risk of death for a middle-aged adult in the general population, and also exceeds previous estimates for long-distance running races, including marathons, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.“The majority of deaths occur in the swim portion of the triathlon, which is the first portion of the race,” said lead study author Doctor Kevin Harris, a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at Abbott-Northwestern hospital in Minnesota.

Since its origin in the nineteen seventies, the triathlon has become an increasingly popular endurance activity worldwide. A standard Olympic triathlon involves a one point five kilometer swim, followed by a forty kilometer bike ride and a ten kilometer run. For the study, researchers examined data on triathlon participants from nineteen eighty five to two thousand sixteen.During the study period, one hundred thirty five people died suddenly or had a cardiac arrest. This included one hundred seven sudden deaths as well as thirteen race-related cardiac arrests that people survived because of prompt emergency medical attention. The victims were forty seven years old on average, and eighty five percent were male.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/A-growing-movement-for-single-payer-health-care-12207072.php

From a candidate who famously declared that single payer will “never ever come to pass” and branded it as offering everyone “a pony” to legislation — Senator Bernie Sanders’ Senate Bill one eight zero four, co-sponsored by a third of Senate Democrats, and Representative John Conyers’ House Resolution six seven six by half of House Democrats.A huge shift toward participatory democracy, with millions of people participating in rewriting what is possible and necessary for their lives. A major presidential campaign by Sanders that brought a rebirth to the long-cherished goal of universal, guaranteed health care for all Americans, based on the successful framework we already ensure for everyone over age sixty five, Medicare. Millions of people inspired, animated and propelled into activism by the simple ideal that healthcare is a human right, part of what it means to live in a civil society that sees public well-being as a moral obligation and a responsibility of a humane society.

A Democratic base that will no longer accept that other major countries can guarantee care for all their people, and at lower cost with better outcomes, as shown by one study earlier this year that found that the U.S. ranked thirty fifth out of one hundred ninety five countries in terms of deaths that could have been avoided by timely and effective medical care. Activists who will no longer accept excuses that real universal care is unaffordable while tens of billions of dollars are handed out in corporate tax breaks and subsidies and military hardware, while death rates from colon cancer for white Americans under age fifty five are rising, and infant mortality rates in the U.S. place us thirtieth of forty countries surveyed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/cuba-again-denies-role-in-health-attacks-on-us-diplomats

The Cuban government on Tuesday again denied any involvement in or any knowledge of a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected American diplomats in Havana. Cuba also strongly objected to President Donald Trump’s critical comments about the island in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. At a meeting on law enforcement co-operation in Washington on Tuesday, Cuba’s top diplomat for the Americas, Josefina Vidal, said Cuba has never and would never commit or allow what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has described as “health attacks” on any foreign diplomat on its territory.

“Cuba strictly observes its obligations to protect foreign diplomats on its soil,” the Cuban embassy in Washington said in a statement. It said the government had ordered investigations into the incidents and asked for cooperation from U.S. authorities, which it called “essential.”
At least twenty one members of the American diplomatic community in Havana have suffered from symptoms, including brain damage, believed to have come from some sort of sonic attack since late last year. The most recent incident was in August.

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