Scientists identifies new genetic changes that increase risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma

December 1, 2017

People who inherit genetic changes which alter the function of their immune system are at increased risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma, a major new study reports.

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, identified six new genetic changes that increase the risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma – one of the most common cancers in young adults.

Many of the DNA changes seemed to affect the function of the immune system, and three had previously been associated with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

With CHIP In Limbo, Here Are 5 Takeaways On The Congressional Impasse

Two months past its deadline, Congress has yet to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, leaving several states scrambling for cash.

Lawmakers grappling with the failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act allowed authorization of the program to lapse on Sept. 30. Although CHIP has always had broad bipartisan support, the House and Senate cannot agree on how to continue federal funding. And the Trump administration has been mostly silent on the issue.

CHIP benefits 9 million children nationwide and 370,000 pregnant women a year. It helps lower- and middle-income families that otherwise earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid. Like Medicaid, CHIP is paid for with state and federal funds, but the federal government covers close to 90 percent of the cost.

Texans With HIV Cope With Homes And Medicines Ruined By Hurricane Harvey

People With HIV Went Weeks Without Meds After Hurricane Harvey

This story by KHN senior national correspondent Sarah Varney aired Nov. 24, 2017, on Here & Now.

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Angelia Soloman watched out the window of her ranch house in northeastern Houston as the floodwaters rose up to the windowsills.

She huddled inside with her three adopted children (ages 12 to 15), a nephew and her 68-year-old mother. “They were looking and crying, like, ‘We’re gonna lose everything,’” said Soloman. “And I’m like, ‘No, it’ll be OK.’”

Exclusive: CVS eyes major expansion of health clinics with Aetna deal – sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) is planning to significantly expand health services at its retail pharmacies if it completes a more than $66 billion deal for insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N), a move that could save more than $1 billion annually, people familiar with the matter said.

FILE PHOTO: The CVS logo is seen at one of their stores in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

A key rationale is to use many of the U.S. pharmacy chain’s 9,700 brick-and-mortar outlets to improve access to preventative care and cut back on some emergency room visits for Aetna’s roughly 23 million members with medical coverage, these people said.

Exclusive: U.S. health regulator Verma eyes new methods for drug pricing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering setting new payment methods aimed at curbing costs for Medicare and Medicaid coverage of breakthrough medical treatments with very high prices, particularly novel gene-based therapies for cancer and other diseases, a top health official said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma (C) is joined by Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance (L) as she talks to reporters about President Trump’s signing of House Resolution 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortion services, at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), made the comments in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York.

Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

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News Picture: Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Tie the knot, save the brain?

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A new research review suggests there’s something about marriage — or people who get and stay married — that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age.

“We were surprised by the strength of our findings,” said review lead author Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, a psychiatrist in England.

The new analysis found that lifelong single people have a 42 percent higher likelihood of developing dementia than married people. Widowed people also have a higher rate of dementia, but divorced people don’t.

Wear your red ribbon – Support World AIDS Day

Did you know that 40,000 people are diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. each year? Of the 1.1 million people currently living with HIV in the U.S., 1 in 7 don’t even know they have it. Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with Medicare 15-65 years old who ask for the test, people younger than 15 or older than 65 who are at increased risk, and pregnant women.