A LifeWorks survey found the most popular well-being benefits were health insurance, flexible scheduling and free food, while benefits used the least included employee assistance programs, wellness programs and mindfulness training. Top reasons employees did not use the benefits included being unaware of them, not understanding the benefits and not having time to use them.
Chicago startup company Karrot Health aims to revamp how employee wellness bonuses work by allowing employers to set up a recurring bonus for people who reach their goals and fitness milestones. Employees can track their progress on their wearable devices or phones and the program's app automatically pulls in the data.
Even short bursts of exercise can alter the molecular composition of fat tissue in a way that benefits metabolic health, a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found. Researchers compared fat samples before and after exercise and found slight, but significant, increases in genetic activity responsible for improved blood flow and reduced inflammation.
Obese women may be at higher risk of developing rosacea, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study also found higher waist circumference and hip circumference were associated with a higher risk of rosacea, independent of body mass index.
A Danish study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that children whose mothers had rheumatoid arthritis had a nearly threefold higher likelihood of developing RA, compared with those whose mothers didn't have RA. The findings also showed a 2.2 times increased odds of thyroid disease and 1.6 times greater epilepsy risk among those whose mothers had RA.
Youths who had higher blood concentrations of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids starting at age 8 had a reduced risk of developing asthma and allergies by age 16, according to a Swedish study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers also found that children with high levels of the omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid had a lower risk of developing rhinitis and asthma by age 16.
The next iteration of CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program should accelerate the shift to value-based health care and hasten the end of the fee-for-service model, says analyst Keely Macmillan. Health care providers understand the program and the potential for success better now than when it was launched, and more will want to participate, Macmillan says.
Children who watched TV or played video games before going to bed had 30 minutes less sleep on average, while those who used cellphones or computers before bed received an hour less sleep on average, compared with those who didn't use such devices, researchers reported in the journal Global Pediatric Health. The findings also showed an association between increased technology use before bedtime and higher body mass index.
Researchers found that young people who participated in experimental exercise programs had improved math, reading and language skills, compared with those who didn't. The findings in Pediatrics, based on a review of 26 studies involving more than 10,000 children ages 4 to 13, also showed that integrated physical activity was more beneficial to school performance than extracurricular physical activity.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she has yet to decide whether to support the final tax bill being negotiated by House and Senate leaders after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., indicated he was not bound by Collins' health care deal with Senate GOP leaders. Collins voted earlier this month for a tax bill that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate after receiving a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would work for passage of bills designed to stabilize insurance markets.
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