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Health Highlights: April 2, 2019


Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

U.S. Measles Cases Already Top Last Year's Total

The number of measles cases in the United States so far this year has already surpassed the total for last year.

As of March 28, there had been 387 reported cases in 15 states, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Monday.

Last year, there were 372 cases nationwide, CBS News reported.

The number of cases so far this year is the highest since 2014, when there were a total of 667, and the second highest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

The high number of measles cases so far this year are due to outbreaks in a handful of states, including California, New York and Washington, CBS News reported.

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FDA to Hold Hearing on CBD in Consumer Products

A public hearing to gather more information on the use of CBD in consumer products such as cosmetics and foods will be held May 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

CBD is a cannabis compound from marijuana and hemp plants that does not cause a high. It's becoming more popular as people are attracted by its supposed calming effects, the Associated Press reported.

The science, safety and sale of cannabis compounds like CBD will be discussed at the hearing, the FDA said.

CBD is not approved for use in food, drinks and dietary supplements, but the FDA has said that could change. It also said any CBD products that make drug or treatment claims need to be approved by the FDA, the AP reported.

The agency has approved a pharmaceutical version of CBD to treat rare seizure disorders.

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People Raised by Lesbian Parents Less Likely to Identify as Straight: Study

Adults who were raised by lesbian parents are less likely to identify as heterosexual and more likely to report same-sex attraction, a new study finds.

It included 76 U.S. adults in their mid-20s who were raised by lesbian parents and are part of the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, which began in 1986. They were compared with similarly-aged participants in the National Survey of Family Growth.

Seventy percent of the women and 90 percent of the men in the first study group identified as "heterosexual or straight," compared to 88 percent of women and 98 percent of men in the second group, NBC News reported.

The study also found that 54 percent of women and 33 percent of men with lesbian parents reported having a same-sex sexual experience between the ages of 17 and 25, compared to 38 percent of women and 9 percent of men in the NSFG group.

The study was conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a think tank specializing in sexual orientation and gender, NBC News reported.

"These findings suggest that adult offspring from planned lesbian families may be more likely than their peers to demonstrate diversity in sexual attraction, identity and expression," the study said.

There are multiple theories to explain sexual orientation -- including hormones, genetics and the environment -- but available "evidence suggests that there is no one factor that is a single determinant," study lead author Nanette Gartrell told NBC News.

One reason why children of lesbian parents might be less likely to identify as heterosexual could be that they "may have more expansive perspectives on sexuality," she suggested.

"They were raised by parents who were nonjudgmental and may be more attuned to their own feelings because of the environments in which they were raised," Gartrell told NBC News.

"Perhaps we should be celebrating that the culture has evolved enough that these young people feel free to explore who they are," she added.

As many as 6 million children and adults in the United States have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents, according to the institute, NBC News reported.

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Americans Borrowed $88 Billion in Past Year to Pay for Health Care: Survey

About 1 in 8 Americans borrowed a total of $88 billion in the past year to pay for health care, a new survey shows.

It also found that 65 million adults said they didn't seek treatment for a health issue due to cost, and nearly a quarter reduced spending to pay for health care or medicine, CNN reported.

The West Health-Gallup survey was released Tuesday.

"Not only do you have a real significant number that are deferring care, forgoing care altogether, you also have a big chunk that are getting the care but having to borrow to get it," Gallup senior researcher Dan Witters told CNN.

"There are few Americans out there who are safe from the American health care cost crisis," he added.

In 2017, the United States spent more than $10,700 per person on health care, according to federal data, CNN reported.

Even though that's more than any other country, the United States consistently finishes near the bottom in health care measures among developed nations, the survey found.

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Mick Jagger to Have Heart Valve Surgery

Mick Jagger will have surgery to replace a valve in his heart this week.

The Rolling Stones singer will have the operation Friday in New York City and is expected to make a full recovery and return to touring this summer, according to the Drudge Report, Rolling Stone magazine said.

The band had postponed the North American leg of their current tour.

When the postponement was first announced, a rep for the Rolling Stones said: "Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible."

In a statement, Jagger said: "I really hate letting you down like this. I'm devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can," Rolling Stone reported.

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