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Heart attack care ‘unequal for women’

They found women were on average less likely than men to receive the recommended treatments after a heart attack. Prof Chris Gale, of the University of Leeds, who co-authored the study, said this is because: “There’s misconception amongst the general public and healthcare professionals about what heart attack patients are like. “Typically, when we think of a heart attack patient, ...

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US life expectancy drops for second year in a row

(CNN)Life expectancy in the United States has dropped again following last year’s decline, which marked the first downturn in more than two decades. The last time the agency recorded a multiyear drop was in 1962 and 1963. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “I still don’t think you can call it ...

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Why am I not losing weight?

(CNN)Weight loss is still incredibly challenging for most people, as evidenced by the growing global obesity epidemic. Many people also want to lose weight. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately half of overweight and obese adults report that they are trying to lose weight. Which is why my patients often ask, “Why ...

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Jimmy Kimmel Makes Another Emotional Plea For Children’s Health Care

While holding his 7-month-old son Billy, who underwent a second heart surgery last week after being born with congenital heart disease, the late-night host discussed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night. The program is in jeopardy because Congress failed to secure funding in October. According to the Washington Post, CHIP provides low-cost health care to 9 million children ...

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CHIP funding is latest victim of DC dysfunction

(CNN)Ari Richter grabs the finger-stick glucose monitor from his mother’s hand, insisting that he can do it himself. The 4-year-old presses the point against his chubby index finger until it pricks the skin to release a droplet of blood. A letter that came last week from the state of Colorado warned that Ari’s insurance program, called the Children’s Health Insurance ...

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Extra 10p on sugary drinks ‘cut sales’

Sugar tax To help tackle obesity, the UK government is introducing a tax on high-sugar soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Irn-Bru in April 2018 – and Jamie Oliver had been vocal in his support of the plan. This study, in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, analysed sales of sugary non-alcoholic beverages at 37 of Jamie Oliver’s ...

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