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Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Chopin Died from Complications of TB: Researchers

Composer Frederic Chopin died from complications of tuberculosis, say researchers who examined his preserved heart.

After Chopin died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39, his heart was cut out and sent to Warsaw. It was pickled in a jar of alcohol and encased in a stone pillar in Holy Cross Church, The New York Times reported.

Cystic fibrosis has been suggested as the cause of Chopin's death, but a new visual analysis of the heart indicates that tuberculosis was the culprit, according to an early version of an article in the American Journal of Medicine.

A final form of the article will be published in February.

The researchers did not open the jar, but noted that Chopin's heart showed signs of inflammation of tissue around the heart (pericarditis) that was likely the result of tuberculosis, The Times reported.


Maine Voters Deciding on Medicaid Expansion

Maine voters will decide Tuesday whether they want to expand Medicaid.

They will be asked if about 70,000 people living at or near the poverty line should be provided with health care coverage by expanding Medicaid eligibility, National Public Radio reported.

Maine is one of 19 states that rejected Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act.

Most of the people who would gain coverage if Medicaid expansion is approved in Maine earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $16,000 a year for an individual and $34,000 a year for a family of four, NPR reported.

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Posted: November 2017