Research showed talking on a cell phone or texting while exercising reduced workout intensity and balance. Researchers reported in the journals Computers in Human Behavior and in Performance Enhancement & Health that listening to music on a cell phone while working out did not affect postural stability.
Bariatric surgery reduced the number of incident cases of diabetic retinopathy among obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, compared with those who received medical treatment, according to a study in Obesity Reviews. Italian researchers conducted a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of seven studies and found no difference in the change of retinopathy score between the treatments in three studies.
Researchers found a correlation between serum levels of seven modified metabolites and renal function decline and time to end-stage renal disease among type 1 diabetes patients. The findings in Diabetes Care were based on 158 diabetes patients with proteinuria and chronic kidney disease stage 3.
A study in ACS Nano showed that a new smart patch developed by US and Chinese researchers can monitor blood glucose and deliver insulin automatically to type 1 diabetes patients, and it may also benefit patients with advanced type 2 diabetes. The mice with diabetes were able to maintain consistent insulin concentrations in their blood after being given the smart patch, researchers found.
Health care providers have until March 13 to attest to the 2016 electronic Medicare or Medicaid health records meaningful use program requirements in order to receive MU payments; failure to do so would lead to payment reductions in 2018, the CMS announced. The agency is also considering a change in the number of required electronic clinical quality measures to be reported for this year and possibly shortening the period for eCQM reporting, said Kate Goodrich, director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.
The Joint Commission launched a "Comprehensive Cardiac Center Advanced Certification" program that encompasses consensus-based standards, evidence-based guidelines, and performance measurements and improvement. Centers will be required to offer a set list of services, including prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular risk factor identification and cardiac disease prevention.
A study in the American Journal of Managed Care found that doctors with EHR systems ordered more complete blood count tests than physicians who did not use EHR systems. Researchers said the ability to order tests more often via online access to EHRs was one of the possible causes of the increase in test ordering.
The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model is a seven-year pilot project aimed at helping financially strapped rural hospitals by giving them a fixed, all-payer global budget for inpatient and outpatient care. The goal is to help rural hospitals transition to a value-based delivery system, and the CMS is putting $25 million into the project for quality assurance, data analytics and technical assistance.
Don't rely on calorie counts alone when choosing among meal options, said registered dietitian Nichola Whitehead. Consider whether meals contain nutrients the body needs and fuel for energy, such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, lean protein, slow-release carbohydrates and healthy fats, Whitehead said.
True teas include black, green, oolong and white, said registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Dennett, while tisanes encompass other ingredients steeped or infused in hot water, such as herbs and flowers. True teas, which are distinguished by whether they are fermented or for how long, contain the catechin epigallocatechin gallate, a polyphenol that seems to have strong antioxidant properties and is linked to health benefits, Dennett said.
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