A summary of important health news from the past week.
Sperm donated in Florida may contain Zika, CDC says
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sperm donated in three Florida counties may have been infected with the Zika virus. Individuals may be unaware that they are infected with Zika since it can be asymptomatic. Residents of these counties may forget that they are in an at-risk area or not realize that they are infected.
Disabled Fear Medicaid Cuts Will Diminish Their Independence
People with disabilities are voicing concerns that if Medicaid funding drops under the GOP health care plan, states may decide to drop important services for people with disabilities that are currently covered. This includes services such as health aides and adaptive equipment, which often ensure people with disabilities can live and participate in their communities.
New Drug Prevents Heart Attacks in High-Risk Patients
A new drug called Repatha has proven to effectively reduce LDL cholesterol to unprecedented levels. The injectable drug currently costs $14,000 a year. However, it could provide a life saving option for those at risk with coronary artery disease. In a two year study, those taking the medication experienced 20% fewer heart attacks and strokes.
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