A summary of important health news from the past week.
How States Are Using Medicaid Funds to Help the Homeless
Thirty states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid coverage to cover families living below the poverty line. States are creatively using the federally backed funds to help change lifestyle issues that lead to poor outcomes, including helping homeless individuals and families find permanent housing, who often need housing to access medical and psychiatric care.
Over the span of the past 15 years, deaths from AIDS in adolescent children have tripled, despite the increased efforts to help manage and educate about the disease. The study found that 26 people are infected every hour, while only 1 out of 10 children in sub-Saharan Africa actually get tested for the disease. Girls are more likely to be infected, and most of the teens who die from the disease were infected as infants, and adolescents account for the only age group with an increase in mortality from AIDS.
E. coli infections linked to Costco chicken salad
19 confirmed cases of E. Cole in a total 7 states have now been linked to chicken salad from Costco. Most of these cases have been reported in Western states, with four in Colorado and with a total of five hospitalizations and two cases of kidney failure. The E. Coli was linked to the Celery and Onion Diced Blend ingredient, in which the celery from Tracy Farms Pacific Inc., potentially carries the bacteria.
Breast-Feeding Is Good for Mothers, Not Just Babies, Studies Suggest
Recent studies have found that benefits of breastfeeding go beyond infant health. Women who breastfeed their babies have a decreased risk of a certain type of breast cancer, which could cause 5,000 fewer breast cancer diagnoses per year if every woman breastfed her babies. Additionally, breastfeeding is coming to be viewed as an important biological phase in the reproductive cycle; breastfeeding can "reset" the metabolism following pregnancy, which can decrease the persistence of gestational diabetes because it improves glucose tolerance and burns calories.
Sugar-free sodas may not be as safe for teeth as previously thought. The acidic components in these beverages, such as citric acid and phosphoric acid is responsible for softening the enamel of the tooth. The dental damage associated with sugar-free beverages is equally as damaging as that of sugary beverages. To protect your teeth from damage after drinking acidic beverages, rinse your mouth with water, chew sugarless gum to increase saliva flow, and avoid brushing your teeth for an hour.
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