Health Beat 5.17.13
Transforming Health | 05.17.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
My Medical Choice (NY Times)
Angelina Jolie writes about her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy in a recent op-ed. “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.”
Cloning Is Used to Create Embryonic Stem Cells (NY Times)
Scientists succeeded in using cloning to create human embryonic stem cells. This will advance techniques in developing replacement tissues to treat disease.
Will insurance cover genetic testing, preventive surgery? (CNN)
Women with a hereditary gene mutation that puts them at greater risk of breast and ovarian cancers face big decisions and the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs.
Report reveals cost of medical procedures vary widely between hospitals (MSNBC)
A new report out from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed the costs of certain medical procedures in hospitals throughout the country. It highlights the vast difference in prices from hospital to hospital for the same medical procedures.
Seeking Clues to Heart Disease in DNA of an Unlucky Family (NY Times)
This is the story of a former Ironman triathlete, Rick Del Sontro, and the genetic defect that has plagued generation after generation.
Report questions benefits of salt reduction (CNN)
A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says that reducing salt consumption below the currently recommended 2,300 milligrams – about 1 1/2 teaspoons– per day maybe unnecessary. The news follows a decades-long push to reduce salt intake in the American diet due to strong links between high sodium consumption and hypertension, a known risk factor for heart disease.