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11/17/2017

A CDC report found 9% of US adults eat enough vegetables each day and 12% get enough fruit, while 10% consume more fruits and vegetables than recommended in the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. The study, in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found men were less likely than women to meet recommendations.

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11/17/2017

The CMS announced Thursday that it might allow Medicare drug plans to require that members get opioid prescriptions from selected prescribers and fill them only at certain pharmacies as part of measures to fight the opioid abuse epidemic. The agency is also considering requiring payers to pass on drug discounts to consumers, treating out-of-pocket costs for biosimilars like generic drugs and permitting midyear formulary changes after a lower-cost generic drug enters the market. The proposal is open for comments until Jan. 16.

11/17/2017

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to hold a hearing on Nov. 29 to discuss President Donald Trump's nomination of former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar for HHS secretary. Azar, who previously served as HHS general counsel and then deputy secretary during President George W. Bush's administration, will likely face questions about his time as a pharmaceutical executive and his plans for the Affordable Care Act.

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The Hill
11/17/2017

Playful mindsets are more important contributors to employee wellness than colorful offices or carefully selected artwork on the walls, explains scholar and author Brian Sutton-Smith. It's most important to provide employees with spaces where they can relax or be playful, according to Curiosity China co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Alexis Bonhomme.

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Forbes (Asia)
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Curiosity China
11/17/2017

A study in the journal NeuroImage found aerobic exercise increased the left side of the hippocampus in the brain, an area involved in memory function and verbal learning. Lead author Joseph Firth said the data suggest aerobic exercise is a maintenance program for the brain, slowing cognitive decline related to aging that comes from a decrease in the side of the left hippocampus.

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Neuroimage
11/17/2017

Middle-age and older women who had more than one traumatic life event had an 11% higher risk of obesity than women who did not have any events, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting. Women who experienced four or more negative events over five years had a 36% higher risk of obesity.

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American Heart Association
11/17/2017

Researchers tied every one standard deviation increase in maternal nonfreeway nitrogen oxide exposure during pregnancy to 33% higher leptin levels, 9% increased high-molecular-weight adiponectin levels and 23% higher leptin-to-HMW adiponectin ratios in their infants' cord blood. The findings in Pediatric Obesity also showed that infants gained 0.21 kg and 0.18 kg between ages 1 month and 6 months for every one SD increase in cord blood leptin and leptin-to-HMW adiponectin ratio, respectively, with girls having more significant weight gain than boys.

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Pediatric Obesity
11/17/2017

The Federal Trade Commission has seen a decline in the number of patent settlements between brand-name and generic-drug makers, acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen says.

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Reuters
11/17/2017

John Kapoor, founder of pharmaceutical firm Insys Therapeutics, entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy to commit racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud charges over his alleged involvement in an opioid painkiller bribery scheme. Kapoor and six other former Insys executives were accused of paying bribes to doctors and other medical professionals in exchange for prescribing Subsys, the company's fentanyl-based spray for cancer pain, and of defrauding private insurers into approving payments for the drug.

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Reuters
11/17/2017

Diplomat Pharmacy announced plans to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services on the heels of an earlier announcement that the specialty pharmacy would acquire National Pharmaceutical Services.

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Reuters