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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s influence of US health care

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s influence of US health care

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican retiring from 42 years in the Senate as a new generation is sworn in, leaves a long list of achievements in health care. Some were more controversial than others. Hatch played key roles in shepherding the 1983 Orphan Drug Act to promote drug development for rare diseases, and the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act, which helped create a national transplant registry. And in 1995, when many people with AIDS were still feeling marginalized by society and elected leaders, he testified before the Senate about reauthorizing funding for his Ryan White CARE Act to treat uninsured people who have HIV. “AIDS does not play favorites,” Hatch told other senators. &ldquo...
Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Health
Fewer than half of people eligible for a NHS health check in England have taken up the offer, despite it being free to everyone over 40.The routine check can pick up heart problems early and help to prevent dementia, plus highlight the need to stop smoking, NHS England said.The check-up takes 20 minutes and is carried out by a GP or nurse.It involves tests on blood pressure, weight and height, and is offered every five years up to the age of 74.Around 7.15 million people have had a free health check since 2013, yet 15 million are eligible, NHS stats show.NHS England said identifying people with an irregular heartbeat or high blood pressure and giving them treatment would help to prevent dangerous blood clots which could lead to s...
Child health record 'red book' to go online

Child health record 'red book' to go online

Health
The "red book", containing a child's medical records, is to be made available to parents online as part of government plans to improve NHS care for mothers and new babies.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also promised more specialist neonatal staff and intensive care cots for newborns.The measures are designed to make maternity care safer while cutting stillbirths and infant deaths.England still lags behind many European countries on baby deaths.In 2017, 1,857 babies died during their first month of life, out of a total of more than 640,000 delivered in England.Figures show that the number of stillbirths have declined steadily since 2010, but ministers say there is still more to do.Matt Hancock said: "Great care also means safe ...
Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- New analysis of the critically endangered Grauer's gorilla's genome suggests the species' health is suffering from a loss of genetic diversity. Scientists sequenced the genomes of several eastern gorilla specimens collected a century ago and compared the results to the genomes of modern Grauer's gorillas. The results, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, showed Grauer's gorillas have accumulated harmful mutations as they have lost genetic diversity. "We found that the genetic diversity in Grauer's gorilla has declined significantly in just a few generations," Tom van der Valk, a doctoral student at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in a news release. Over the last several decades, poaching and habitat losses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have led ...