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With Trump in Charge, What's the Prognosis for Obamacare?

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THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump's oft-stated pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act suggests big changes lie ahead for the health insurance marketplace and Americans who rely on it. But what would a Trump-style replacement look like? And how quickly would any new legislation likely take effect? "From our perspective, there's a lot in flux right now, including whether, or how, the ACA is repealed," said Christine Eibner, a senior economist at the RAND Corp. in Washington, D.C. An outright repeal of the controversial health law, also known as Obamacare, is unlikely without bipartisan agreement, health policy analysts say. While Senate Republicans currently hold a 51-to-49 majority (with a runoff pending in Louisiana), that's short of the 60-vote supermajority needed to topple President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation. However, Congress ... Read more

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As Obama's Term Winds Down, Resistance to Obamacare Diminishes

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THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Public support for full repeal of Obamacare is softening, with most Americans saying they'd rather leave the law as is or have it improved by changing some parts of it, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll. In the wake of November's presidential election, about three out of five Americans now say they want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to either be left alone or improved by Congress and President-elect Donald Trump, the poll found. Poll results show 43 percent would like to see the health care reform law kept in place but amended, up from 30 percent prior to the election. Another 18 percent believe the law should remain in place as is, with no changes. Only 28 percent of Americans still favor repeal, down from 33 percent in April. "This really speaks to what you might call an emerging consensus that Democrats and Republicans need to work together to ... Read more

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Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

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TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Hospitalized patients who are handed off by their original medical team to a new set of caregivers may ultimately face a higher risk of early death, new research warns. The finding does not apply to daily shift changes or new patients who see one doctor or nurse at admitting, and then another shortly thereafter. Rather, it centers on a standard hospital dynamic known as "rotations," in which teams of caregivers hold the fort for a defined amount of time, sometimes weeks, before turning their pool of patients over to a new team. Such a transition "occurs each month when a training physician [resident] switches clinical rotations by transferring the care of hospitalized patients, often up to 10 to 20 at a time, to an oncoming physician who has never met the patients," explained study author Dr. Joshua Denson. He is a fellow in the division of pulmonary sciences ... Read more

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24-Hour Shifts Can Play Havoc With the Heart

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FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Sleep deprivation while working 24-hour shifts affects heart function, a new German study suggests. "These findings may help us better understand how workload and shift duration affect public health," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Kuetting, from the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University of Bonn. "For the first time, we have shown that short-term sleep deprivation in the context of 24-hour shifts can lead to a significant increase in cardiac contractility [the degree to which heart muscle contracts], blood pressure and heart rate," Kuetting said. The study included 20 healthy radiologists with an average age of nearly 32 years. The participants' heart function was checked before and after a 24-hour shift in which they got an average of three hours of sleep. After the shift, the participants showed significant changes in blood ... Read more

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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in 10 had a history of cancer, the investigators found. "We've watched cancer survivorship increase over the past two-and-a-half decades, which is wonderful. But, it has led to new challenges, such as handling of downstream illnesses and side effects to an extent never encountered before," said study senior author Dr. Joerg Herrmann. He is an interventional cardiologist at the clinic. "As cardiologists, we wanted to know if cancer and its therapies left these patients debilitated from a cardiovascular disease standpoint," he ... Read more

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Wider Low-Dose Aspirin Use Would Save U.S. $692 Billion: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Taking low-dose aspirin daily can reduce older Americans' risk of heart disease and cancer, and lead to significant savings in health care spending, a new study contends. University of Southern California researchers used national data to assess the long-term benefits of daily aspirin usage. They calculated that taking low-dose aspirin every day would prevent 11 cases of heart disease and four cases of cancer for every 1,000 Americans ages 51 to 79. "Although the health benefits of aspirin are well-established, few people take it," said study lead author Dr. David Agus. He's the founding director and CEO of the university's Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. "Our study shows multiple health benefits and a reduction in health care spending from this simple, low-cost measure that should be considered a standard part of care for the ... Read more

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Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

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TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth and cigarettes apart. "Through comprehensive tobacco-control programs that include environmental smoking bans, high taxes on cigarettes, and anti-tobacco media campaigns, we can decrease the rates of smoking/tobacco use, heart disease and many other health conditions," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. The study found that smokers at older ages faced higher heart risks, as well. Compared to ... Read more

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Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life

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TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help. Researchers found that people who played racquet sports – badminton, squash, tennis – had an almost 50 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during the 15-year study. And playing a racquet sport was linked to a 56 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the study period. "Our findings indicate that it's not only how much and how often, but also what type of exercise you do that seems to make the difference," said study senior author Emmanuel Stamatakis. He is an associate professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. "Participation in specific sports may have various benefits for health. These observations with the existing evidence should support the sport community together with other sectors to design and implement effective ... Read more

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Diabetics Can Keep Disease Complications at Bay

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THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 – People with diabetes are at risk for vascular complications due to high blood sugar levels, but can take measures to reduce that risk, an expert says. "Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for any form of vascular disease, both symptomatic and asymptomatic," Dr. Gregory Moneta, chief of vascular surgery at Oregon Health and Science University's Cardiovascular Institute, said in a Society for Vascular Surgery news release. "Those with diabetes should have regular doctor visits and tests, and may need to see specialists such as ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons and podiatrists for checkups," he added. Vascular complications caused by diabetes include diabetic eye disease, peripheral artery disease (impaired circulation in the legs), peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and foot ulcers, heart attack and kidney failure. Steps to prevent these ... Read more

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Hearts of Healthy People With Gene Mutations May Be 'Primed to Fail'

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Certain gene mutations can increase the risk of heart failure in healthy people, researchers report. It had been believed that gene mutations in a protein called titin affect only people with dilated cardiomyopathy, one of the most common forms of inherited heart disease. But this study of more than 1,400 adults found that the hearts of healthy people with mutations in this gene may be "primed to fail" if affected by other genetic or environmental factors. About 35 million people worldwide may be at risk, the researchers said. "Our previous work showed that mutations in the titin gene are very common in people diagnosed with heart failure. Around 1 percent of the general population also carry these mutations, but until now it wasn't known if these are 'silent' gene changes or changes that can adversely affect the heart," said co-author Dr. Antonio de Marvao ... Read more

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U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5 Percent in 2015

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TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Privately insured Americans spent nearly 5 percent more on health care last year than in 2014, largely because of escalating prices, new research shows. The 4.6 percent increase was significantly more than that of previous years, and reflects higher costs for prescription drugs, ER visits and hospitalizations, according to the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute. "Using data from four of the nation's largest health insurers, we're able to look closely at the changes in health care use and prices over time to understand what is driving costs," said the institute's executive director, David Newman. "Year after year we see one constant: Rising prices that are accelerating spending growth," Newman said in a news release from the organization. The Washington, D.C.-based group analyzed 3.7 billion insurance claims for nearly 40 million Americans covered by the ... Read more

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Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists

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MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – People are living longer than ever, but men still trail women in life expectancy, a new study shows. An international team of researchers reviewed data from more than 1 million people worldwide. From the 18th century to the present, they found the last few generations have had the largest life expectancy increase in the history of humans and all other primates. For example, life expectancy in Sweden over the last 200 years increased from the mid-30s to over 80. "We've made a bigger journey in lengthening our lifespan over the last few hundred years than we did over millions of years of evolutionary history," study co-author Susan Alberts, a biology professor at Duke University in Durham, N.C., said in a school news release. But despite the overall increasing life expectancy – the result of advances in medicine and public health – men still tend to have shorter ... Read more

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Heart Attacks Up in New Orleans Post-Katrina

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – A major New Orleans hospital has seen a sharp spike in the rate of heart attacks in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a new study reports. Heart attack admissions to Tulane Medical Center were three times higher during the 10 years after the hurricane struck in August 2005 than in the two years before that, according to researchers. "Although the general emphasis after an event such as Katrina is on rebuilding, we should not neglect the health of those affected by a disaster," said lead author Dr. Anand Irimpen. He's a professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine and chief of cardiology at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans. The study included 150 records from heart attack patients seen at Tulane Medical Center in the two years leading up to Katrina, and more than 2,300 records from heart ... Read more

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Hi-Tech Skin Patch Might Someday Track Your Health

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – A new type of acoustic sensor that resembles a small Band-Aid on the skin can monitor your heartbeat and other health measures, researchers say. The sensor may one day offer a way to painlessly and wirelessly track an individual's health. The patch, which weighs less than one-hundredth of an ounce, can help doctors monitor heart health, stomach condition, vocal cord activity, lung performance and potentially many other bodily functions, researchers say. "We've developed a soft, skin-like device that can listen to internal sounds created by function of internal organs," explained study co-author John Rogers. He was a professor of materials science and engineering and a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the study and is currently at Northwestern University. "Think of the device as a wearable, skin-mounted ... Read more

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Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

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THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Always seeing the cup as half empty, rather than half full, may increase the likelihood of dying from heart disease, Finnish researchers say. An 11-year study of nearly 3,000 men and women found that those who were the most pessimistic were two times more likely to die of heart disease than those who were the least pessimistic. And, while pessimism was linked to an increased risk of heart-related death, optimism didn't seem to have any effect, the study found. "Pessimism seems to be quite a significant risk factor for death from coronary heart disease, both in men and women, even after adjustments for the well-known classical risk factors of cardiovascular disease," said lead study author Dr. Mikko Pankalainen. He is a researcher in the department of psychiatry at Paijat-Hame Central Hospital in Lahti, Finland. But the study did not prove that pessimism caused ... Read more

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