Updated recommendations from the American Diabetes Association call for diabetes patients engaged in sedentary behavior, such as watching TV, to do at least three minutes of light activity every 30 minutes to aid blood glucose management. The guidelines, published in the journal Diabetes Care, also focus on specific exercises and their benefits for diabetes patients.
A study in the Journal of Internal Medicine showed that type 2 diabetes patients who took insulin or insulin secretagogues and statins had a reduced risk of cancers of the brain, colon, liver, lung, pancreas and prostate, with a greater reduction seen among those who didn't receive antihyperglycemic drugs. Austrian researchers used a cohort of 1,847,051 patients with hospital stays during 2006 to 2007 and found the strongest effects for insulin use and pancreatic cancer, sulfonylureas or glitazones and skin cancer, and metformin and prostate cancer, corpus uteri and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital in Indiana opened the Women's Cardiac Risk Clinic, and nurse practitioner Angie Howald said it focuses on teaching women about heart disease. "If you're not educated on what risk factors are, how would you be able to modify your lifestyle to prevent it?" Howald asked.
For some people, the tax penalty for remaining without health insurance is lower than the cost of premiums and deductibles, prompting some young, healthy people to forgo insurance, tax lawyer Christine Speidel says. But even high-deductible plans cover preventive care and protect against catastrophic costs, and subscribers' out-of-pocket costs are usually subject to discounts negotiated by their insurer, the White House says.
Children with peanut allergy who received low and high doses of peanut protein through DBV Technologies' Viaskin wearable patch for a year had success rates of 46% and 48%, respectively, in consuming at least tenfold more peanut protein than at baseline, compared with 12% for those who received placebo, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, the findings, based on data involving 74 youths ages 4 to 25, showed that only those younger than 11 significantly benefited from the treatment.
Compliance with the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure program increased for both teaching and nonteaching hospitals, researchers reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The data showed performance got better each year of hospital participation.
Registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot says her diet often includes popcorn, high-fiber crackers, powdered peanut butter, green tea and turkey jerky, because each offers healthy benefits. She says popcorn is high in fiber but low in calories, while turkey jerky is a good source of protein and green tea can help reduce hunger pangs.
More than 100,000 students in New York City's public schools are homeless -- an increase of 22% over last year. Schools and other groups are working to assist homeless children, setting up long-term, stable relationships with social workers, among other measures.
New Hampshire's child protective services offices will continue to close at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays for the time being after efforts to staff them around the clock stalled for lack of staff and vendors. The Division for Children, Youth and Families faces criticism in the wake of two child deaths and other incidents.
Analyzing fecal bacteria could indicate which irritable bowel syndrome patients will respond to a diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, researchers reported at United European Gastroenterology Week. Researcher Sean Bennet from the University of Gothenburg said patients who did not benefit from a low-FODMAP diet had "more abnormalities in their gut bacterial profiles before they started the diet than those who responded to the diet."
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