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A surprising and disturbing number of Americans are ill-prepared for the financial consequences of a health emergency. In a new survey by Kaiser Permanente, only 44% of families said they had funds or cash in hand to cover a $500 emergency health expense; 13% said they would need to redirect funds from their food budget.

Obesity Up, Diabetes Down

Despite high rates of obesity in the U.S., new cases of diabetes are paradoxically going down, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of new diabetes cases fell from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.3 million in 2017, but the downward trend applied only to whites, Asians and persons with at least a high school education. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes usually go hand in hand. The new study could not reliably distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, which might help explain why obesity and diabetes rates aren't trending the same way. The study authors say that how diabetes is now diagnosed may be contributing to the decreased number of new cases.

Get Me That, Stat!

In a survey of California high schools students, 14% said they were bullied. Those who were bullied were more likely to use harmful substances such as alcohol (40% compared to 29% of students who didn't report being bullied).



18: Number of states that ban conversion therapy for minors (to change sexual orientation or gender expression).

4: Number of states that implemented bans this year (Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Colorado).

Source: STAT

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