A summary of important health news from the past week.
In addition to 350 infants, 368 parents and 308 employees may have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Children, parents, and employees exposed to the ill employee will be tested and provided preventative medicine.
Next year, the average household penalty for not having health insurance will raise from $661 to $969. Penalties vary based on being single versus having a family as well as whether a person is eligible for premium subsidies.
False Positive Breast Tests Tied to Increased Cancer Risk
Research published in the December edition of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention shows that women who had a false positive screen for breast cancer (i.e., a test that incorrectly identified the woman as possibly having breast cancer) who were referred for further testing were 39% increased relative risk for cancer as compared to women who had a correct negative screen. Risk goes up dramatically for women who then had a biopsy.
In the wake of research stating that mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy have children with higher rates of autism, experts are questioning the accuracy of the findings. One concern is the complicating factor of the relationship between mothers who are depressed and having children with autism regardless of whether the mother's are on medication.
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