The Week in Health: Sperm banks, Jahi McMath and coffee

By Amanda Stewart,

The previous week in health was certainly an interesting one. Jahi McMath’s family continued to fight for their daughter’s life; a pregnant woman’s family had no choice in whether she would be kept on life support; sperm was swapped at a fertility clinic and some more health myths have been busted. It’s hard to keep up!

A mother in Utah found out, 21 years later, that the biological father of her daughter was a convicted felon and not her husband. Avocado will help your weight loss efforts. Obamacare is covering preventative breast cancer treatments.

Other research has also found that coffee is actually just as hydrating as water is! Here is what you need to know from the week of January 6.

1. You read correctly, a women’s sperm sample was swapped and she’s finding out 21 years later! The family, presented as aliases Paula, Jeff and Ashley, were all stunned to find out that a convicted felon at the clinic replaced Paula’s husband’s sperm with his own. They have reached out and urged others to make sure they have not been victimized by the same man at the clinic which has been closed for over a decade. Paula could only say, “I thought to myself ‘Oh my God.’”

You can check out the full story at TheCelebrityCafe.com.

2. Women who have an increased chance of developing breast cancer will be offered free preventative care under the Affordable Care Act. This portion of the new healthcare law will make it possible for women at risk to have drugs that will help prevent development at no out of pocket cost. The Obama administration is also urging people who are covered to go for HIV screenings, vision screenings and counseling for obesity.

To find out more, read our story here.

3. The 50-year anniversary of the launch of the tobacco control efforts was marked this week and the efforts have saved approximately eight million lives. 50 years ago, the Surgeon General released “Smoking and Health,” warning Americans against the dangers of smoking. Though rates of smoking have been cut in half in the U.S., one in five Americans continue to smoke today. Tobacco control efforts have been urged to continue to increase in years to come, to save even more lives.

To read the full stats, check out the full story.

4. The myth that everyone has heard that coffee dehydrates you has been busted! Researchers at Birmingham University did a study in which coffee consumption did not affect those who drank it at all. In fact, coffee was found to be just as hydrating as water as long as it is consumed in moderation. Sophie Killer, lead author of the study. "Our research aimed to establish if regular coffee consumption, under normal living conditions, is detrimental to the drinker’s hydration status."

To read more about the study visit TheCelebrityCafe.com.

5. Doctors also found that a simple blood test may be able to detect a heart attack before it occurs. The test is able to identify particular cells that are known to be found after heart attacks. Identifying someone who is at risk for a heart attack is important, especially when every minute counts. It can also make people who are experiencing chest pain at ease if the test proves that they are not at risk.

If you would like to read more on the new test check out the story here.

You can also read the latest on Jahi McMath here.

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