Trending News Today: Red Meat Consumption Linked to Increased Death Risk

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Findings from an observational study found a link between the consumption of red meat and an increased risk of dying from 9 disease states, reported The New York Times. The study examined more than 537, 000 individuals aged 50 to 71, and tracked the participants’ diet and health for an average of 16 years. The investigators recorded their intake of total meat, processed and unprocessed red meat, and white meat. The results of the study, published in BMJ, found that the one-fifth of individuals who ate the largest proportion of red meat had a 26% increased risk of dying from various causes compared with the one-fifth of individuals who ate the least amount of red meat. High red meat consumption increased the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infections, kidney disease, liver disease, respiratory disease, and stroke, according to the NY Times. For white meat consumption, the investigators found that those who ate the highest proportion had a 25% reduced risk of dying from various causes compared with individuals who ate the least white meat.

Following the international cyberattack, health care officials and hospitals are scrambling to prevent further damage, according to The Wall Street Journal. The attack had a significant impact on the US health care system, including several medical devices that were infected with the ransomware. Federal officials have declined to identify which devices were affected.

The Trump administration’s antiabortion policy may impact the fight against HIV/AIDS by restricting nearly $9 billion in foreign health assistance. According to The Wall Street Journal, expansion of the “Mexico City Policy” applies to the bulk of the current $6.8 billion in funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, commonly known as PEPFAR. Experts and health officials said that it will continue to monitor how the policy will affect the Unites States’ largest global health-assistance initiative.