Sep 12 2012

Public Health News Roundup: September 12

Family Share of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Rises 4 percent
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust shows that the annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage is up 4 percent from last year, to $15,745. The average worker pays $4,316, according to the 2012 Employer Health Benefits Survey. Read more onaccess to health care.

Panel Says Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer Ineffective and Should Not Be Done
A new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine says screening tests for ovarian cancer do more harm than good, so should not be performed. The tests have no effect on mortality rates and can even lead to unnecessary risks, according to The New York Times. “There is no existing method of screening for ovarian cancer that is effective in reducing deaths,” Virginia A. Moyer, MD, the chairwoman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “In fact, a high percentage of women who undergo screening experience false-positive test results and consequently may be subjected to unnecessary harms, such as major surgery.” Read more onprevention.

Heavy Drinking Increases Risk of Early Stroke
Consuming at least three alcoholic drinks daily can put a person at risk for a stroke more than a decade earlier than people who do not, according to a new study in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study looked at 540 people who had suffered from an intracerebral hemorrhage. “Heavy drinking has been consistently identified as a risk factor for this type of stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain rather than a blood clot,” said Charlotte Cordonnier, MD, PhD, with the University of Lille Nord de France in Lille, France. “Our study focuses on the effects of heavy alcohol use on the timeline of stroke and the long-term outcome for those people.” Read more on alcohol.

Tags: Access to Health Care, Alcohol, News roundups, Public and Community Health