The Health News USA September 16 2017

Overview

  • Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require a dramatic expansion of the existing Medicare system to cover all Americans. Sanders’ plan envisions a system where the U.S. government would singularly provide all health coverage – from emergency room visits to vision and dental care check-ups.
  • According to a new study, antidepressant use during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses, especially mood disorders, in children. Lead author Xiaoqin Liu, an epidemiologist at the National Center for Register-based Research at Aarhus University in Denmark, said the study is the first to look at a wide range of psychiatric disorders, instead of a single psychiatric illness, among children exposed to antidepressants in utero.
  • According to philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, President Trump’s proposed budget cuts in U.S. aid for global health and development programs stand to stall or even reverse gains made in reducing cases of HIV and AIDS, malaria and poverty.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2017-09-13/bernie-sanders-introduces-universal-health-care

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require a dramatic expansion of the existing Medicare system to cover all Americans, enlisting the backing of a third of the Democratic Senate assembly behind a proposal widely deemed politically implausible just a few years ago. Because Republicans control the upper congressional chamber, this bill will not advance. But the rapid gravitation of Democratic support toward the measure serves as an important marker in the leftward direction of the health care debate, especially after the GOP failed to muster enough votes to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer.

“Today, we begin the long and difficult struggle to end the international disgrace of the United States, our great nation, being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all of our people,” Sanders said inside a crowded Capitol Hill hearing room. Sanders’ plan, which notably fails to include a price estimate, envisions a system where the U.S. government would singularly provide all health coverage – from emergency room visits to vision and dental care check-ups – without charging consumers, while scrambling the insurance plans of the estimated one hundred fifty million Americans who have coverage through their employer.
The independent senator who fought Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination last year has acquired sixteen co-sponsors, including a half a dozen senators who are assumed to be considering their own White House runs in two thousand twenty.
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Sanders argued that a government-run system would relieve businesses from having to spend countless hours and energy on how to craft ample plans to attract and retain employees.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pregnancy-antidepressants/child-psychiatric-disorders-tied-to-in-utero-antidepressant-exposure-idUSKCN1BO2TG

According to a new study, antidepressant use during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses, especially mood disorders, in children even though the overall risk is low. Only about three percent of the nearly nine hundred five thousand eighty three children in the study were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder by age sixteen. But compared to the children of women who took antidepressants before pregnancy but not during, kids whose mothers continued taking the medications in pregnancy were twenty seven percent more likely to be diagnosed with mood, anxiety, behavioral or autism spectrum disorders.

Lead author Xiaoqin Liu, an epidemiologist at the National Center for Register-based Research at Aarhus University in Denmark, said the study is the first to look at a wide range of psychiatric disorders, instead of a single psychiatric illness, among children exposed to antidepressants in utero. These results are in line with some past research, but conflict with other studies. This could be due to differences in study population and sample size, or alternatively, the potential association is modest. Some past research has also found that the children of women with untreated depression during pregnancy have a higher risk of psychiatric disorders and other health issues, raising the question of how much of a child’s risk is tied to the mother’s underlying mental illness and how much to the medications she takes to treat it.
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Overall, the risk of psychiatric disorders in children born to mothers who began using antidepressants during pregnancy was fifty six percent higher compared to those whose mothers had never used the drugs, and sixty four percent higher when mothers continued antidepressant use during pregnancy, according to the results published in The BMJ.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/09/13/bill-gates-trump-s-proposed-budget-cuts-could-reverse-gains-in-global-health.html

According to philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, President Trump’s proposed budget cuts in U.S. aid for global health and development programs stand to stall or even reverse gains made in reducing cases of HIV and AIDS, malaria and poverty. The United States is a major player in foreign assistance to fight this, accounting for twelve billion dollars of the total thirty four billion  dollars annually. The money targets efforts involving anti-poverty programs, women’s access to contraceptives and initiatives to treat or contain infectious diseases, among other things.
Such aid has helped make a difference, according to a new global health report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides funding for global health and development. The report includes analyses of trends regarding poverty, infant deaths, sanitation and infectious deaths around the world.

The Trump administration has proposed cutting U.S. global aid to about six point five billion dollars for two thousand eighteen. One example the report provides is the gain made in addressing HIV deaths, which in two thousand five occurred at zero point three per one thousand people. More funding could further reduce the death rate to zero point zero six per one thousand. Cutting funding, however, would result in a rise in deaths.

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