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Clinic Brings Free Health Care to Homeless Youth -- and Their Beloved Pets

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.

“He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”

U.S. Prisoners Face Higher Odds of Dying From Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another reason to stay out of jail: New research shows the risk of dying from cancer is sharply higher among those who are behind bars or have been recently released.

In Connecticut prisons, where the data for this study

Medical Debt Can Crush Even the Insured, Study Shows

Weeks after a stay in the hospital, your bill arrives and you can barely believe the amount due. How is this even possible if you have good health insurance and, more importantly, how will you pay it?

Unfortunately, you’re not alone. More than one in 10 American adults and nearly one in five U.S. households have

Deadly Form of High Cholesterol Can Catch Black Americans by Surprise

Chad Gradney underwent quadruple bypass open-heart surgery at age 27, and afterward spent eight fruitless years battling extremely high cholesterol levels.

Then in 2012 he found himself back in an emergency room, again suffering from chest pain.

"That's when I found out three of the four bypasses basically had failed again," recalls Gradney, now 44 and living in Baton Rouge, La.

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Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cancer Care Keep Climbing

Cancer patients already have a lot to deal with emotionally and physically. But research shows that insured patients under 65 are also paying more for their treatments out-of-pocket than ever before.

The study highlights the "growing financial burden for non-elderly patients with cancer with pri...

Hunger, Poor Diet More Likely for Women With Disabilities

Researchers working to better understand the diets of younger women with disabilities found this group was more likely to report a poor diet and food insecurity.

"Eating a nutritious diet is central to preventing many chronic diseases. For women of reproductive age, a healthy diet can also...

Forehead Thermometers May Miss Fevers in Black Patients

Thermometers that read body temperature via the forehead have become a common sight throughout the pandemic, but whether they always spot a fever may depend on the color of someone's skin.

In a new study, researchers found that, similar to problems seen with

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  • September 8, 2022
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  • There's More MS in Northern Countries. Now, Researchers Find New Reason Why

    Vitamin D exposure, or lack of it, has long been thought to influence the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) because the disease is diagnosed more often in people in northern countries.

    However, new research suggests there might be an additional reas...

    Too Few Psychiatric Beds: Psychiatrists' Group Takes Aim at Ongoing Crisis

    Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need.

    Having enough in-patient beds would cut down on overcrowding in emergency departments and early release from needed care, th...

    U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

    Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say.

    The study — recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — looked at staffing before the COVID-19 pandemic. It f...

    Scotland Becomes 1st Country to Provide Free Period Products

    On Monday Scotland became the world's first country to help its residents with what activists supporting the move call "period poverty."

    The country now offers free period products for anyone who needs them, a decision first made in November 2020 by unanimous approval in Scottish Parliament, according to CBS News.

    Making these products available is "fundamental to equality ...

    Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

    The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to bring out-of-pocket drug costs down for many U.S. seniors, but most of its benefits aren't immediate.

    Under the law, Medicare will now be allowed to negotiate the cost of some drugs. That should eventually bring down out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to John Clark, a clinical associate profess...

    When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can Benefit

    Some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system, a new study reports.

    For every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special enrollment lottery, one previously eligible child was added to the rolls as well, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Their study called this an examp...

    Rural Americans With Early Alzheimer's Find It Tough to See Specialists

    Rural Americans with early-onset Alzheimer's disease are less likely than city dwellers to see a specialist and undergo tests that can help them and their families manage, new research reveals.

    While most Alzheimer's patients are over 65, about 6% develop the disease between the ages of 30 and 65. Typically, their mental decline is faster and more pronounced than that of older folks.

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    8/8 -- Inflation Has Many Americans Cutting Back on Health Care, Poll Finds

    Inflation is putting Americans' health at risk, with nearly 2 in 5 struggling to pay for the care they need, according to a new West Health-Gallup poll.

    About 38% -- which translates to an estimated 98 million Americans -- said rising health care prices had caused them to skip treatments, delay buying prescription drugs or pay for their care by borrowing money or cutting back on driving, ...

    Neighborhood May Affect a Couple's Odds of Conceiving

    Where you live may affect your fertility, a new study suggests.

    People who live in economically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive, compared to people from areas with more resources, researchers said.

    Investments in deprived neighbo...

    Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

    Babies who are white appear to get diagnostic appointments for cystic fibrosis earlier than babies of several other races and ethnicities, new research shows.

    This can cause gaps in care and outcomes.

    While it is recommended that infants who have an initial positive screening for cystic fibrosis be furt...

    Black, Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Get Crucial Care After Heart Attack

    When they suffer a heart attack, Black and Hispanic patients in the United States receive subpar care compared with white patients, new research reveals.

    The study of more than 87,000 insured heart attack patients found that Blac...

    Texas Court Case Could Threaten Americans' Health Care Nationwide

    A federal lawsuit out of Texas could end access to free lifesaving preventive health care services for nearly 168 million people in the United States with private insurance, a new report suggests.

    Kelley v. Becerra seeks to overturn the

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  • July 27, 2022
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  • Childbirth Now Costs Nearly $3,000 for Insured Americans

    Better have some savings stored up before you rush to the delivery room: A new analysis shows the average out-of-pocket expense for delivering a child in the United States is nearly $3,000, even if you're insured.

    Other studies have looked at the costs for specific services, such as Cesarean sections versus vagina...

    Common Lung Function Test Often Misses Emphysema in Black Patients

    The most common test of lung function, spirometry, probably is not detecting signs of emphysema in some people with the lung ailment, a new study says.

    In particular, Black men are at greater risk of suffering from undiagnosed emphysema, since the way spirometry results are interpreted ap...

    Fatal Drug ODs Are Soaring, Especially Among Minorities: CDC

    The nation's opioid epidemic is hitting minority groups the hardest, with the latest government study reporting the steepest increases in overdose deaths among Black Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

    While overdose deaths climbed 24% among whites in 2020, still an historic high, they jumped 44% ...

    Fewer Americans Are Dying of Heart Disease Than a Decade Ago

    Deaths from heart-related causes have dropped over the past 20 years, though differences persist by race and ethnicity as well as where people live and their access to care.

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which partially funded the research, detailed the results of three papers. The findings were published July 18 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation

    Cancer in Uninsured Often Diagnosed at More Advanced, Lethal Stage

    Not having health insurance can be deadly if cancer strikes: A new study shows that people without it are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers and face lower survival rates than their insured peers.

    The difference was particularly marked for six cance...

    Common, Crucial Medical Device Often Gives Wrong Readings for Black Patients

    Early in the pandemic, scores of Americans bought pulse oximeters to help determine how sick they were while infected with COVID-19, but new research finds the devices often miss dangerously low blood oxygen levels in Black veterans.

    This is not the first time such inaccuracies...

    An Aggressive Leukemia Is Much More Lethal for Black Patients Than Whites - Why?

    Getting a blood cancer diagnosis is devastating for young people, but it is also far more deadly if the patient is Black, new research shows.

    The new study, which looked at outcomes for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), highlights an urgent need to understand racial and ethn...

    U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

    Death rates for U.S. pregnant women or those who had just delivered jumped sharply during the first year of the pandemic, new research shows.

    While U.S. death rates increased overall by 16% in 2020, for pregnant and early postpartum women it was officially even higher, at 18%, according to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics data.

    Yet, that's not the whole picture: Even high...

    U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

    If a national abortion ban follows a Supreme Court ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. maternal deaths would likely increase by 24%, new research suggests.

    That assessment, based on newly released 2020 data, is a 14% increase over an earlier estimate based on 2017 d...

    Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

    Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

    On May 2, a leaked draft ruling indicated that the court was poised to strike down the 1973 ruling that guaranteed a woman's...

    Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

    Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need the specialty care are still more likely to receive it at a hospital with fewer resources.

    And this can hurt the...

    Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

    Women of color may face delays in getting a biopsy after a screening mammogram suggests they might have breast cancer, a large, new study finds.

    Researchers found that compared with white women, Asian, Black and Hispanic women were all more likely to wait over a month ...

    Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

    Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

    The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, only...

    Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, leaders of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said Friday.

    "It is a dark day indeed for t...

    Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

    Despite improvements in treatment for heart attacks, care lags behind for women.

    Women are still less likely to receive timely care, according to a new study that reviewed 450,000 patient records for two types of heart attacks.

    "Heart attack treatments have come a long way but timely acc...

    Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

    Suicide rates are rising more slowly in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds.

    "Suicide is a public health problem, and our findings indicate that increasing access to health care -- including mental health care -- by expanding Medicaid eligibility can play an imp...

    Life Span of Native Americans Fell by Almost 5 Years During Pandemic

    In yet another sign that the pandemic has exacerbated disparities in health care, researchers report that the life expectancy of Native Americans plummeted by nearly five years as the new coronavirus raged across the country.

    The loss in longevity was far greater than any other ethnic group and about three times h...

    4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

    There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

    In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it because of costs and other barriers, according to the online survey from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Nea...

    Technology Helped Kids With Type 1 Diabetes During Pandemic

    High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes, researchers said in a new study.

    Pandemic shutdowns caused significant disruptions in health care, and previous studies have shown that diabetes patients had worse blood sugar (glucose) control and more difficulty accessing care during the early days of the pandemic.

    Bu...

    U.S. Doctors Already Face Big Hurdles Accessing Abortion Pill

    Even with Roe v. Wade still the law of the land, primary care doctors in the United States have difficulty prescribing U.S. federally approved abortion pills, a new study finds.

    Getting in the way is a complex combination of state and federal regulations, insufficient training and institutional hurdles, researchers found when they surveyed dozens of doctors.

    "As family physicians pr...

    Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young - But Only for Whites

    Race and ethnicity matter when battling colon cancer, with young white patients facing notably better odds than Black, Hispanic or Asian patients, new research warns.

    A look at colon cancer survival among Americans younger than 50 turned up a glaring discrepancy: Survival five years after diagnosis improved to nearly 70% among white patients over two decades, but was less than 58% among B...

    U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

    With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

    "Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

    The High Cost of Living With Sickle Cell Disease

    Americans with sickle cell disease who have private insurance face average out-of-pocket costs of $1,300 a year and a lifetime total of $44,000, new research reveals.

    That means that their out-of-pocket expenses are nearly four times higher compared to people without the inherited blood disorder, the

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  • May 23, 2022
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  • Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

    A new report on how Black Americans are faring against cancer offers up a decidedly mixed picture.

    The risk that a Black man or woman in America will die from cancer has steadily declined over the last two decades, the newly published research found.

    Unfortunately, that risk...

    If Roe v. Wade Falls, Women Will Travel Much Farther for Abortion Care

    Tens of millions of American women will have to journey much farther for abortion care if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as expected, researchers say.

    Dozens of states would make abortion illegal in the wake of such a ruling, which would force about 24 million women to travel at least 150 miles more than they do now to obtain abortion care.

    "There are already huge disp...

    Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

    When Hispanic Americans arrive in the emergency room with chest pain, they have to wait longer for care than other people with the same symptoms, a preliminary study finds.

    Chest pain, a potential sign of heart attack, is one of the leading reasons people end up in an ER. But the new findings suggest that Hispanic patients may face unnecessary delays in either receiving care, being admitt...

    Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

    Here's one way in which the pandemic did not exacerbate health care disparities: A new study shows that telemedicine has closed the gap in access to primary care between Black and non-Black Americans.

    The use of telemedicine boomed during the pandemic, so University ...

    It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

    Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

    A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost 5% between 2014 and 2019, Spanish-language mental health services dropped by about 18% during that same time.

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    Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests Why

    Uterine cancer deaths have been increasing in the United States, particularly among Black women. Now, research appears to pinpoint a cause.

    A rare but aggressive type of cancer known as Type 2 endometrial cancer is more difficult to treat and was responsible for 20% of cases and 45% of deaths identified in the study.

    Deaths from this type of cancer increased by 2.7% per year during...

    Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

    Women and people of color with chest pain - the most common symptom signaling a heart attack - face longer waits in U.S. emergency departments than men and white people do, new research reveals.

    For the study, researchers analyzed data on more than 4,000 patients, aged 18 to 55, seen for chest pain at emergenc...

    Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

    Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

    When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

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  • May 3, 2022
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