A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased 8% for each alcoholic drink consumed per day, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that followed almost 900,000 people over 12 years. Lead author Dr. Peter Kistler said that while moderate drinking may have a protective effect on the "plumbing" or blood supply to the heart, it does not extend to the electrical parts such as heartbeat.
As the Jan. 1 veterinary feed directive rules' effective date approaches, many producers still have questions about its implications. Veterinarians provided last-minute preparation tips at an Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, including which medications are affected, the need for a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship, inventory management, paperwork organization and standard operating procedure recommendations.
Eleven variants that reduced the transcriptional activity of hepatocyte nuclear factor-1a gene to less than 60% of normal were strongly associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes in the general population, according to a study in Diabetes. Norwegian researchers evaluated 27 HNF1A variants identified in 4,115 individuals and found that 0.44% of the population were carriers of HNF1A variants that increased diabetes risk.
Swedish researchers found that obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery had a 29% lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation over 20 years, with younger individuals at an even lower risk, compared with those who didn't undergo surgery. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed those in the surgery group lost a mean 25% of their body weight within one year, compared with no changes in the control group.
A new drug application has been submitted to the FDA by Novo Nordisk for semaglutide as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in adults. The filing was backed by results from eight Phase IIIa trials that involved over 8,000 patients with the disease and evaluated the drug on glucose control and weight loss.
Researchers said a study of mammograms in women ages 75 to 90 does not support the use of age limits for breast cancer screening. The review of 5.6 million mammograms found a "continuing increase of cancer detection rate and positive predictive values," co-author study Cindy Lee of the University of California at San Francisco said at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The health care industry tripled its use of cloud computing since 2014 as organizations have become more trustful of cloud technology, according to the HIMSS Analytics 2016 Cloud Survey. Researchers expect a strong future for the health care cloud, driven by its increasing use for patient engagement, revenue cycle management, back-office applications and backup and disaster recovery.
Colorado's Weld County supports employee wellness initiatives but Human Resources Director Patti Russell says department heads have to show commissioners there will be a return-on-investment because taxpayer dollars are involved. The ROI so far includes fewer employee sick days, lower insurance costs and better worker retention.
Genomics and data analytics are moving into the consumer diet and exercise market, with apps that make recommendations based on the results of genetic testing. Critics say the tests can lack scientific validation, and the cost can be similar to buying a fitness wearable.
Wellness trends in 2016 focused on expanding initiatives related to mindfulness, stress and finances, says EPIC wellness consultant Craig Schmidt. CBIZ's national director of wellness solutions Emily Noll says companies are adding mindfulness and resiliency programs to reduce stress and increase employee engagement, and Schmidt says 2017 will see more emphasis on corporate culture and creating a good working environment.
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