FemiLab: ObamaCare coverage leads to more unnecessary ER visits; Flu during pregnancy linked to bipolar kids; and more

ObamaCare coverage leads to more unnecessary ER visits in Oregon study

Increased availability of Medicaid coverage is associated with higher use of emergency departments (EDs), according to a Science article….Coverage increased ED use for all types of nonemergency visits, including those rated as "primary care treatable." The proportion of visits resulting in hospital admission, however, did not increase.

FemiSex add: This information jibes with what has always been known about ER use and Medicaid beneficiaries: They overuse ER for non-emergency visits more than any other group, included those who have no insurance.
ObamaCare's huge expansion of Medicaid is not a fix; it is only leading to higher health care costs in total.
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Boys and Circumcision—less STD and genital cancer among circumcised males
DECLINING RATES OF U.S. INFANT MALE CIRCUMCISION COULD ADD BillionS TO HEALTH CARE COSTS, EXPERTS WARN

In a report to be published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine online Aug. 20, the Johns Hopkins experts say the added expense stems from new cases and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and related cancers among uncircumcised men and their female partners. They say the study is believed to be the first cost analysis to account for increased rates of multiple infectious diseases associated with lower rates of male circumcision, including HIV/AIDS, herpes and genital warts, as well as cervical and penile cancers.
“Our economic evidence is backing up what our medical evidence has already shown to be perfectly clear,” says Tobian, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “There are health benefits to infant male circumcision in guarding against illness and disease, and declining male circumcision rates come at a severe price, not just in human suffering, but in billions of health care dollars as well.”
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Flu during pregnancy linked to bipolar children
An influenza infection during pregnancy is associated with nearly a fivefold increased risk for bipolar disorder with psychotic features, according to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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UN reports:
Child mortality has dropped by about one-half since 1990, according to a report by multiple groups, including United Nations agencies.

Q is…has this lead to decreased birth rates among the highly reproductive? Usually does….but the linked-to article in Guardian does not say.
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Breast Feeding May Not Be So Essential
Comparison of siblings who were and were not breast-fed shows no long-term benefit from breast-feeding on measures of obesity and some behavioral and academic outcomes. The findings were published in Social Science & Medicine.
Study authors note: “The findings do not disprove the short-term benefits of breast-feeding in infants (e.g., reduced ear infections and gastroenteritis, and possibly SIDS risk) or long-term benefits in women of cancer and cardiovascular risk reduction.” Soc Sci Med 2014 Jan 29
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Red Met and Breast Cancer
High red meat consumption in early adulthood is associated with increased risk for breast cancer, according to longer-term follow-up from the Nurses Health Study II, published in BMJ.
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Fruits and Veggies (daily: 2 servings Fruits/ 3 Veggies may be best)
From a BMJ meta-analysis …researchers found that the more fruits and vegetables people consumed each day (up to five total servings), the lower the risk for all-cause mortality
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Just Eat Right and Exercise Already
Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes) could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, finds a study published on thebmj.com today.
Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that has long-term adverse health implications for both mothers and babies.

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