Health Highlights

January 21, 2020

Health Highlights: Jan. 21, 2020

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

Taylor Swift's Mother Has Brain Tumor

While Taylor Swift's mother was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, doctors discovered that she also had a brain tumor, the pop star says.

Taylor Swift first revealed in 2015 that her 62-year-old mother, Andrea Swift, had breast cancer. Her brain tumor was found while she was having chemotherapy for breast cancer, NBC News reported.

"And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we've ever been through with her cancer before,'' Taylor Swift told Variety. "So it's just been a really hard time for us as a family."

Andrea Swift's cancer returned last year after her initial treatment in 2015, her daughter wrote in Elle magazine in March, NBC News reported.

"It's taught me that there are real problems and then there's everything else," she wrote. "My mom's cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now."

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Ozzy Osbourne has Parkinson's Disease

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne revealed Tuesday that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

In an appearance on Good Morning America, the 71-year-old musician also said he was diagnosed with pneumonia and suffered a fall in his Los Angeles home in the past 12 months, People reported.

"I did my last show New Year's Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves," said Ozzy, who was joined on the show with wife Sharon Osbourne and children Jack Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne.

Ozzy said he's now taking Parkinson's medication and nerve pills, People reported.

"It's PRKN2," Sharon said, adding that Ozzy's Parkinson's disease is "not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination."

"It's like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day," she added.

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Medicare for All Needed to Fix 'Ill' U.S. Health Care System: Doctors' Group

The American College of Physicians says the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs and bold new prescription" that includes coverage for all Americans and lower costs.

The 141,000-member group endorsed two proposals being discussed by Democratic presidential candidates: a government-operated single-payer system that would cover everyone, or a government-run plan that would offer a comprehensive coverage option to private insurance, the Associated Press reported.

The group's recommendations are based on an analysis of available evidence of how best to tackle U.S. health care problems such as coverage gaps, high costs, spotty quality and overcomplexity, according to Dr. Robert McLean, president of the college.

"We think there is a realistic chance that either of these two approaches could get us to a much, much better place," said McLean, the AP reported. "It is not looking to be partisan, but I would say it is unavoidably political because policy is political."

A national Medicare for All plan is supported by about half of U.S. adults, recent Kaiser Family Foundation polling found, while a public option has the support of about two-thirds, the AP reported.

Both proposal are strongly opposed by the health insurance industry.

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