By: Andrew Pollack
A summary of important health news of the past week.
23andMe Will Resume Giving Users Health Data
By: Andrew Pollack
In 2013, the FDA required that 23andMe, a company that provided consumers with information about their genetic profiles, calculating disease susceptibility, stop presenting health information. The company is now ready to start giving FDA-approved health information to customers, at a reduced rate. Customers will be able to receive information about their carrier status (or risk of passing a genetic condition to offspring) for 36 conditions.
Pediatricians Are Asked to Join Fight Against Childhood Hunger
Sixteen million children live in food insecure homes across the US; food insecurity contributes to numerous poor health outcomes, such as malnutrition, cognitive delay, behavioral and emotional problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently instituted a policy to identify these children during regular appointments through two simple questions in order to direct their families to the proper resources. Although parents are often embarrassed, food insecurity is shockingly common and pediatricians can provide helpful information to improve children's health outcomes.
15 cases of human plague this year, CDC says
This year, there have been 15 cases reported of the bubonic plague in the United States. This information coming from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), and four of them have been reported as fatal. Cases of the disease are reported every year, averaging around seven, and most prevalent to rural areas of the country. States included in the list where cases have been reported include Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Georgia. The cause for the high number of cases is still unknown.
Processed meats do cause cancer - WHO
The WHO recently reported that eating 50 grams of processed meat daily can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Although red meat has many nutritional benefits, it may be a good idea to moderate its consumption.
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