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CDC: 1 in 7 people in the United States has kidney disease

One in seven in US have kidney diseaseThirty million American adults have chronic kidney disease -- but many don't know it.

That rate -- one in seven -- is higher than previously estimated, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings, based on 2011-2014 statistics, should "serve as a warning bell that a major public health challenge is right in front of our eyes and more must be done to address it," Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, said in a news release from the group.

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Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors

Cancer drug effective on many tumorsThe 86 cancer patients were a disparate group, with tumors of the pancreas, prostate, uterus or bone. One woman had a cancer so rare there were no tested treatments. She was told to get her affairs in order.

Still, these patients had a few things in common. All had advanced disease that had resisted every standard treatment. All carried genetic mutations that disrupted the ability of cells to fix damaged DNA. And all were enrolled in a trial of a drug that helps the immune system attack tumors.

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Trump is making America more hostile and mentally ill: New England Journal of Medicine study

Trump is making Americans hostile and mentally ill. A new review paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that a growing body of empirical evidence shows how presidential elections can have effects on physical and mental health, and can influence behavior.

Specifically, they found evidence that suggests that the campaign and subsequent election of Donald Trump has had a negative effect on the mental well-being of Americans, and in particular those in marginalized groups who are vulnerable to discrimination.

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Drug may help against advanced, genetic breast cancer

Drug may help against advanced genetic breast cancerA twice-daily pill could help some advanced breast cancer patients avoid or delay follow-up sessions of chemotherapy, a new clinical trial reports.

The drug olaparib, or Lynparza, reduced the chances of cancer progression by about 42 percent in women with breast cancer linked to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, according to the study.

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Texas' pregnancy death rate among highest in developed world, but lawmakers fail to take significant action

Texas lawmakers refuse to address high pregnance related deathsLawmakers in Texas largely failed to take significant action to address the state’s skyrocketing rate of pregnancy-related deaths just months after researchers found it to be the highest in not only the U.S., but the developed world.

Legislators introduced proposals to address the issue after a University of Maryland-led study found that Texas’ maternal mortality rate doubled between 2010 and 2012. But several key measures didn’t even make it to a legislative vote, falling victim to Republican infighting over other issues.

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Thyroid in girls may be impacted by household chemicals

Phthalates affect thyroid in girls: studyIn a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Columbia University have found a link between exposure to phthalates and depressed thyroid function in young girls.

Phthalates are a class of chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system and are found in numerous consumer products, including plastic toys, shampoos and household building materials.

The study is the first to assess the link between phthalate exposure and thyroid function in children over time. Results appear the journal Environment International.

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White House Invites Literally Anyone To Refuse To Cover Birth Control

White House attack on birth controlA draft of the Trump administration’s new birth control coverage exemption has leaked, and it is far more wide-reaching than had been predicted.

The new rule amends the Obama administration’s coverage requirement to allow any employer, school or insurance company to opt out of covering contraception due to any moral or religious objection, Vox reported Wednesday. Even massive for-profit companies with no religious affiliation will be able to deny birth control coverage to their female employees.

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