The Health News USA August 15 2017

Overview

  • The FDA reported that at least 5 people have died soon after being fitted with balloons designed to help them lose weight. Gastric balloons are among many different devices on the market to treat severe obesity. They aim to reduce how much a person can eat by filling the stomach, closing off part of the stomach or even surgically reducing stomach volume.
  • Minnesota’s four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. Increases range from eight 8% to 17%. Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical costs are rising.
  • According to a new study, the number of children who were admitted to emergency rooms for unintentional marijuana intoxication increased by one hundred thirty three percent in France over an 11-year period. Cannabis product trends in the United States are quite different from those in France. Despite cannabis being illegal in France, but it has the highest rate of marijuana use in Europe.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 15th of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/five-die-while-using-obesity-devices-fda-says-n791646

At least five people have died soon after being fitted with balloons designed to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA says it doesn’t know if the devices or the surgery to implant them is to blame but issued an alert to doctors to closely monitor patients who get them. The FDA said in a statement that all five reports indicate that patient deaths occurred within a month or less of balloon placement. In three reports, death occurred as soon as one to three days after balloon placement. At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence rate of patient death, nor have we been able to definitively attribute the deaths to the devices or the insertion procedures for these devices  One of the devices is a balloon that can be placed in the stomach and filled with saline water, the Orbera balloon made by Apollo Endo-Surgery. The other is a dual balloon system made by ReShape. Apollo, which says it has sold two hundred seventy seven thousand of the devices globally, said it was preparing a statement.Apollo said it reported the deaths to the FDA. The FDA says it’s looking into two other deaths.
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Gastric balloons are among many different devices on the market to treat severe obesity. They aim to reduce how much a person can eat by filling the stomach, closing off part of the stomach or even surgically reducing stomach volume.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Minnesota-health-insurers-propose-higher-rates-118179

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Minnesota’s four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. Increases range from eight to seventeen percent, the Star Tribune reported. Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical costs are rising. The proposed increases could affect about one hundred sixty thousand people through HealthPartners, Medica, PreferredOne or Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The increases are also rekindling fears that some small businesses might drop group coverage.

Employers with two to fifty workers are in the small-group market in Minnesota. According to federal data, that includes more than two hundred seventy five thousand enrollees this year. The increases are cause for concern because they’re higher than health insurance inflation, said Mike Hickey, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

“They’re serving up pretty large increases,’’ Hickey said.

The increases may cause employers to look for alternative options or drop coverage altogether, said Bentley Graves, Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Options may include limiting a health plan’s network of doctors and hospital or higher premium splits and deductibles.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/14/health/marijuana-intoxication-children-france-study/index.html

As attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it’s risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is.

The number of children who were admitted to emergency rooms for unintentional marijuana intoxication increased by one hundred thirty three percent in France over an eleven-year period, according to a new study. Marijuana intoxication can occur when a child accidentally ingests a marijuana product or inhales marijuana smoke.

Symptoms can vary based on the child’s age and size but often include sleepiness, difficulty breathing, seizures or even coma. Effects usually last six to twenty four hours. Cannabis is illegal in France, but it has the highest rate of marijuana use in Europe, said Doctor Isabelle Claudet, lead author of the study.  From two thousand four to two thousand fourteen, two hundred thirty five children were admitted to ERs with cannabis intoxication, and there was a one hundred thirty three percent increase in the admissions rate for it. The number of calls to poison control centers related to cannabis exposure in children increased by three hundred twelve percent in the same period.

Recreational marijuana is legal in eight US states and the District of Columbia, and medical marijuana is legal in twenty nine states and D.C. Cannabis product trends in the United States are quite different from those in France, though high concentration of THC is still a concern, especially in edible products.

The US National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, says that it is concerned about the inadvertent ingestion of cannabis products by children in both the US and France but that more regulation could help provide a solution.

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