Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
More Fetal Deaths, Fewer Pregnancies When Flint Had High Lead Levels in Drinking Water: Study
There was an increase in fetal deaths and a decrease in pregnancies when Flint, Michigan had high levels of lead in its drinking water, a new study says.
The analysis of 2008 to 2015 health records from the city and 15 other large cities in Michigan showed that fertility rates fell 12 percent among Flint women and fetal death rates rose 58 percent after April 2014, when the city started using the Flint River as a drinking water source, USA Today reported.
The city had been using water supplied by the city of Detroit, but switched to water from the Flint River in order to save money. Anti-corrosives needed to be added to the river water, which led to high lead levels.
The health records also showed that compared to infants born in the other cities, those born in Flint were nearly 150 grams lighter, were born a half-week earlier, and gained 5 grams less per week, according to assistant professors and health economists David Slusky at Kansas University and Daniel Grossman at West Virginia University, USA Today reported.
The findings appear in a working paper and has not yet been peer reviewed by other scientists, Slusky said.
Gov. Rick Snyder and state health and environmental officials did not acknowledge the high lead levels in Flint's drinking water until late September 2015. The city has since switched back to Great Lakes Water Authority-supplied water, USA Today reported.
Fifteen state and local officials have been criminally indicted in connection with the Flint water crisis.
"Flint was a government failure -- enough people have been indicted that there's a reasonable consensus around that," Slusky said, USA Today reported.
State Agency Closes Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died
The Florida nursing home where eight residents died due to extreme heat after Hurricane Irma "presents a danger to every person on its premises" and must close, a state agency concluded.
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost its air conditioning after the storm and staff did not call 911 on behalf of overheated patients, even though some had temperatures as high as 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, The New York Times reported.
The agency suspended the nursing home's license on Wednesday.
As residents began developing breathing and heart problems in the early hours of Sept. 13, medical staff at the nursing home "overwhelmingly delayed" called 911 or moving patients to a nearby air-conditioned hospital, the agency found.
"This facility failed its residents multiple times throughout this horrifying ordeal," Justin Senior, the agency secretary, said in a statement, The Times reported.
"It is unfathomable that a medical professional would not know to call 911 immediately in an emergency situation," according to Senior.
"No amount of emergency preparedness could have prevented the gross medical and criminal recklessness that occurred at this facility," he added.
The agency also found that nursing home staff wrote normal vital signs, or slightly elevated body temperatures, into the medical records of several residents after they had already been evacuated or, in one case, had already died, The Times reported.
Those entries were made "under dubious circumstances," the agency said.
A lawyer for the nursing home challenged the agency's conclusions, saying that staff constantly monitored residents and that "there was no indication based on actual conditions" that a 911 call or evacuation was necessary before residents began to fall ill, The Times reported.
Ivanka Trump Says She Suffered Postpartum Depression
Ivanka Trump says she had postpartum depression after the births of her three children.
She revealed the information during an interview for "The Dr. Oz Show." The episode was filmed Monday and will air Thursday, CNN reported.
"With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression," Trump said. Her children are ages 6, 3 and 1.
Postpartum depression affects about one in nine new mothers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include extreme sadness and anxiety, CNN reported..
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Posted: September 2017