Friday Fix: October 20, 2017

Gillibrand urges funding for Children's Health Insurance, the Dangers Associated with dry skin, and a new study shows deadly effects of Environmental Pollution

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “Sen. Gillibrand calls for renewed CHIP funding, health insurance for 350,000 New York kids at risk”

Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire on October 1st, and in response, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging lawmakers and New Yorkers to fight back and help to protect a child’s right to health care.

According to this article in the Watertown Daily Times, Senator Gillibrand believes New York will be able to continue funding for the program until March 2018, but many other states may run out of money before then. Nearly 9 million children across the country are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program, including hundreds in the North Country.

“I will continue to fight and I urge all New Yorkers to raise their voices with me,” Senator Gillibrand is quoted in the article. “We must protect our most vulnerable children.”

To read the whole article, click here.

2. “Dry hair, skin, and nails could point to underlying health problems”

As winter approaches and our bodies are exposed to cold air, many experience dry skin or hair. According to this edition of WRVO Public Media’s weekly health and wellness show “Take Care,” dry skin, hair, and nails are common — but they can also be symptoms of more serious problems.

In an interview, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mouth Sinai Hospital, explains that sudden dryness can be caused by a nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, or misuse of personal products like hair dyes, nail polish or blow driers.

If dryness is sudden, severe, or persistent, she recommends seeing a physician. Vitamin supplements, moisturizers, or treatment of underlying conditions may be the answer. Click here to listen to or read the full broadcast.

3. “Study: Pollution Kills 9 Million a Year, Costs $4.6 Trillion”

This Associated Press story published by U.S. News & World Report reveals that environmental pollutants kill more than 9 million people per year — more than war, smoking, hunger, or natural disasters.

The primary source for the article is a major study released yesterday by The Lancet medical journal, which claims that 1 out of 6 premature deaths are caused by “toxic exposure,” a phrase that includes polluted air, contaminated water, and thousands of other toxins found in our environment. According to the report, these pollution-related sicknesses and deaths cost the global economy more than $4.5 trillion.

“The relationship between pollution and poverty is very clear,” Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, lead environmental specialist at the World Bank, told the Associated Press. “And controlling pollution would help us address many other problems, from climate change to malnutrition. The linkages can’t be ignored.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Come back November 3 for the next Friday Fix!

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