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4/28/2017

The USDA's Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program gives new veterinarians up to $25,000 annually to help pay back student loans if they commit to working in an area in need for at least three years, and applications are being accepted for this year. Large-animal veterinarian Lisa Hansen with the Barron Veterinary Clinic sees a growing need in her area for large-animal practitioners, who must increasingly manage larger areas as veterinarians retire, opt for companion animal medicine or work in other areas.

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4/28/2017

Only about 50% of an expected 1.2 million children in the US with blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher were reported to the CDC, according to researchers. The findings in Pediatrics, based on 1999 to 2010 CDC data involving youths ages 1 to 5 in 38 states and Washington, D.C., also showed that elevated blood lead cases were nearly three times as likely to be missed than diagnosed in Western and Southern states.

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CDC
4/28/2017

A study in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications showed that patients with type 2 diabetes and mild cognitive impairment were twice as likely to develop dementia as those without diabetes. Spanish researchers used a cohort of 202 MCI patients with and without diabetes and found that type 2 diabetes was an independent risk factor for the development of dementia.

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4/28/2017

Fewer type 2 diabetes patients who were treated with exenatide once weekly reported gastrointestinal adverse events, compared with those on exenatide twice daily or liraglutide once daily, according to a study in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Australian researchers conducted a pooled analysis of several studies and found that all of the reported gastrointestinal adverse events were mild.

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diabetes, exenatide
4/28/2017

Republicans said they do not have the votes to pass a new health care measure but will vote on a one-week continuing budget resolution today to put off a potential government shutdown. The White House had sought a House vote on the health care measure during the first 100 days of President Donald Trump's administration.

4/28/2017

Republican House leaders said the House will not vote this week on amended health care legislation, because although they won the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus, they don't yet have enough support from moderates.

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Reuters
4/28/2017

Six schools in Colorado's Thompson School District have salad bars, but the goal is to have a salad bar in every school to give students choices that encourage healthier eating habits, said Sarah Tomsic, nutrition services coordinator for the district. Parent groups are raising money for salad bars, and the district has applied for a grant from the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program.

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Colorado
4/28/2017

A breakthrough imaging agent with an aggregate of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and macroaggregated albumin, developed by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, enabled magnetic particle imaging of lung capillaries in rat models. The findings, published in Physics in Medicine and Biology, may enable faster, non-invasive and radiation-free detection of pulmonary embolism in human patients in the future, said researcher Xinyi Zhou.

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pulmonary embolism
4/28/2017

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday filed an interim final rule that said it will delay the compliance deadline for new menu-labeling regulations, which were to take effect May 5, and accept comments from stakeholders. Food industry groups have been lobbying the Trump administration to delay or eliminate upcoming nutrition regulations, including food-label changes, claiming they are overly burdensome and costly.

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FDA, food industry
4/28/2017

Registered dietitian nutritionist Elizabeth Shaw said she was inspired to become a dietitian after her own battle with an eating disorder. Shaw said she worked with an RD who changed her life forever and "showed me how beautiful food was when you use it to nourish your body."

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Elizabeth Shaw, RDN