Today's Headlines

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles. 


The New York Times
"Lowering Diabetes Risk After Pregnancy"

About nine percent of pregnant women have gestational diabetes, which usually goes away after they give birth. But about half these women will develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. A new study suggests two ways to significantly reduce the risk...Read more.

"Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?"
For years pregnant women have been warned about eating tuna because of concerns about mercury exposure. But a federal panel has reignited the debate about the benefits and risks of eating tuna and other seafood during pregnancy...Read more.

"Study Says Pregnant Women in India Are Gravely Underweight"
More than 90 percent of adolescent Indian girls are anemic, a crucial measure of poor nutrition. And while researchers have long known that Indian mothers tend to be less healthy than their African counterparts, a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that the disparity is far worse than previously believed...Read more.

"Hospital Rating Systems Differ on Best and Worst"
Four popular national rating systems used by consumers to judge hospitals frequently come to very different conclusions about which hospitals are the best—or worst—potentially adding to the confusion over health care quality, rather than alleviating it, a new study shows...Read more.

"If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them"
Despite the existence of metrics to help patients appreciate benefits and harms, a new systematic review suggests that our expectations are not consistent with the facts. Most patients overestimate the benefits of medical treatments, and underestimate the harms; because of that, they use more care...Read more.

The Washington Post 
"Why It Would Be Hard for Obamacare to Recover From a Supreme Court Loss"
Without the subsidies, the situation would quickly become pretty chaotic for insurers, who've largely benefited from the law so far. Most of the uninsured would no longer be subject to Obamacare's individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance because they wouldn't then have access to "affordable" coverage, as the Affordable Care Act defines affordability. But all of the law's other features that increase the cost of health insurance, such as guaranteed coverage regardless of preexisting conditions, would remain in place...
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"Rich and Poor Have Very Different Views on the Causes of Health Problems"
People earning less than $25,000 a year are much more likely to cite the conditions of their neighborhood, housing and workplaces as the causes of ill health than people earning $75,000 or more annually...
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USA Today
"Study: One in Five Teen Girls Victim of Dating Violence"
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated—a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows...
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"Teens Can Easily Buy E-Cigarettes Online, Study Says"
Teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online even though sales to minors are banned in 41 states, a new study shows...
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The Wall Street Journal
"Focus More Heart Care on the Young, Study Says"
Living decades with high cholesterol greatly increases the risk for heart disease, according to a recent study that bolsters a push by some doctors for regular cholesterol testing and perhaps early drug treatment of people in their 30s and 40s...
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"What Are the Best Hospitals? Rankings Disagree"
What makes a top hospital? Four services that publish hospital ratings for consumers strongly disagree, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs...
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"What the Supreme Court Challenge Means for the Health-Care Law"
On Wednesday, the court will hear oral arguments on a challenge to subsidies received by millions of Americans, in as many as 37 states, who purchased health insurance through a federally run exchange. The suit represents one of the biggest threats to the Obama administration’s signature domestic achievement since it passed, rivaling a 2012 legal challenge the law survived...
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