Domestic Abuse Has Long Term Health Impact, Survey Says

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Domestic abuse victims also reported up to twice as many chronic conditions compared with those who said they were not abused, the survey found. Recommended: Biden Visits Austin Domestic Violence Hotline More than 80 percent of domestic abuse survivors, and nearly 90 percent of those who said they had also been sexually abused, reported such problems as low back pain, chronic headaches, arthritis and more. They also reported a higher than average incidence of depression, diabetes, asthma and digestive disease, as well as elevated rates of impaired brain, immune or endocrine system dysfunction. “We now know from science that exposure to violence leads to significant poor health outcomes across the life spectrum,” said Kristin Schubert, the director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. “When you make this connection and understand the health, economic and social repercussions of intimate partner violence, it becomes clear that this is a problem that should concern everyone,” Schubert said.
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Health Site Flaws Test Democrats’ Unity as Attacks Rise

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Health and Human Services officials who testified this week before a House committee are set to appear next week before two Senate panels whose Republican members are outspoken critics of the health law. Marilyn Tavenner , administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has overseen the building and startup of federal online health exchanges, is scheduled to field questions Nov. 5 from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to appear the next day before the Senate Finance Committee.
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