Health Digest: Deadly dialysis, healthy chocolate
November 10th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Health Digest: Deadly dialysis, healthy chocolate

Here are some of the latest health headlines that people are talking about:

When dialysis turns deadly
Kidney dialysis nearly killed Barbara Scott. When a tube giving her blood dislodged, more than a quarter of her blood spilled on the floor. She never really recovered, and died later of heart failure. Read her story and more as ProPublica investigates horror stories from dialysis treatment centers.

Professor eats nothing but Twinkies
CNN featured a professor of human nutrition who lost 27 pounds with a diet that may surprise you: snack cakes. How did he do it? Counting calories. Many Americans don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, he says. The story generated much discussion about dieting.

Is chocolate good for your heart?
The latest dose of "chocolate is good for you" news: An Archives of Internal Medicine study finds that eating chocolate once a week may be good for the heart. A previous study reported on by Health.com also supports the idea that chocolate can be healthy.

Anorexia and unplanned pregnancy
Women with anorexia nervosa are more likely to have unplanned pregnancies and abortions than women who don't have the disease, Time.com's Healthland reports. The culprit may be the false belief that women can't get pregnant if they don't have regular periods. In fact, they can. Anorexic women make up about 1 percent of the U.S. population.

59.1 million lacked insurance
CNN reports on a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing the rising numbers of uninsured Americans. But the Affordable Care Act is expected to cover about 32 million additional people by 2019, the CDC said.

Overweight kids stressed out
Time.com's Healthland reports on a report about stress among children, finding higher levels among overweight kids than those with a healthy weight. A survey from the American Psychological Association found that stress can lead to additional weight gain. The CDC says one in five American children are overweight.

Filed under: Healthy Eating • Heart • Women's Health

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  1. squishy


    November 10, 2010 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Diane

    It's about time someone did something about the way hemo dialysis patients are treated.
    It is a very deadly treatment, and the incompetence in those places is horrifying.
    The doctors get over $1,000.00 per treatment.
    That's why they tell the elderly, "Oh, you're not a candidate for periteneal dialysis.
    They get nothing if you use that much safer form in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

    November 10, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nikki

    I find the above comment to be negligently misinformed and grossly ignorant. I worry that patients who truly require hemodialysis will read the above comment and walk away from potentially life-saving treatment. As a medical profession, and as the spouse of a nephrologist, I can tell you that there is nothing further from the truth. Hemodialysis is a life-saving procedure. WIthout it, millions of patients with end-stage kidney disease would be left without any hope. The reason many elderly patients are not good candidates for peritoneal dialysis is because this form of dialysis requires a large degree of deft and reliability on the patient's part. Many patients are simply unable to understand how to safely and correct perform dialysis at home. Does hemodialysis carry no risk? Absolutely not! But neither does any other life-saving procedure on the planet. Do your research, please!

    November 11, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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    November 26, 2010 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply

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