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#monkeypox #LungCancer #pollution #HealthCareQuality

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Major U.S. city announces first monkeypox death

>> Clues to lung cancer in non-smokers

>> What grade do Americans give health care?

The Med & Mic™ 09.13.22

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First U.S. Monkeypox Death

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced the first known death from monkeypox in the U.S. The individual lived in LA County, had a severely weakened immune system, and was hospitalized. Last month in Harris County, Texas, a person with monkeypox died, but the virus’ role in that death has not been confirmed. Per CDC data, nearly 22,000 cases of probable or confirmed monkeypox have been reported in the U.S. California has the most with 4,300. Worldwide, there have been 58,000 cases and 18 confirmed deaths. (Source: CNN, K. Dellinger, 9.13.22)

A Mechanism behind Lung Cancer in Non-smokers

Some air pollution particles may cause changes in cells in the airways, triggering lung cancer in people who have never smoked. Exposure to airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers can lead to genetic mutations in lung cells. These abnormalities are seen in about 50% of people with lung cancer who never smoked. Furthermore, when cells with these mutations are exposed to pollutants, more cancers arise more quickly, compared to abnormal cells not exposed to pollutants. Researchers presented these findings at the European Society for Medical Oncology Presidential Symposium in Paris. (Source: CNN, J. Howard, 9.12.22)

Health Care Gets an F

According to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the majority of adults in the U.S. say that health care is not handled well. Prescription drug costs, quality of care at nursing homes, and mental health care received low marks. In addition, 8 in 10 Americans are moderately concerned about getting access to quality health care when they need it. About two-thirds of adults believe it’s the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have access to health care coverage, however, there is no consensus on how that might be delivered. (Source: AP, A. Seitz, 9.12.22)

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