A European study found eating foods with low nutritional quality may increase the risk of cancer in men and women, researchers reported in PLOS Medicine. The study used the nutrient scoring system of the British Food Standards Agency, which includes a color-coded Nutri-Score, in analyzing data, and researchers said the results support the idea of using a food labeling system to help people make healthier choices.
The internet and social media have been a double-edged sword for social workers, accelerating communication and enabling global reach yet posing dangers such as privacy breaches and regulatory concerns. Professionals should self-regulate their own online activity while also calling upon government regulators to strengthen privacy protections, writes Elliot Caleria.
Maximize your learning by avoiding shortcuts and trying new things, especially in areas that you typically avoid, writes Jesse Sostrin. "When you look for the easy way, you'll save some time -- but the lack of learning and growth will ultimately limit your progress," he writes.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 91.2% of patients with diabetes in the US, while 5.6% have type 1 diabetes and the remainder have other types, according to a study in The BMJ.
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that type 2 diabetes patients who took 33mg of liquid ubiquinol three times daily for 12 weeks had a significant decrease in A1C levels and lower levels of fasting glucose, compared with those on placebo. The Taiwanese researchers also found that the ubiquinol group had fewer participants using thiazolidinediones and had significantly higher activity levels of antioxidants than the placebo group.
Youths whose mothers exceeded the recommended weight gain during pregnancy had increased odds of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as elevated fasting insulin readings, hypertension and high body mass index, compared with those whose mothers met the recommended gestational weight gain, researchers reported in Diabetologia. The findings also showed a higher likelihood of higher glucose readings and slightly increased blood pressure among those whose mothers had inadequate weight gain during pregnancy.
A Moody's Investors Service report warns the aging US population and increased health care spending will have adverse effects on the broader economy, straining government, business and household budgets. Health care spending in 2016 totaled 18% of the US gross domestic product, according to Moody's, almost double what other high-income countries spend based on their economies.
HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf says the challenge associated with providing health care for an aging US population will drive innovation. A major issue is the current need for 7 million more health care professionals to provide care, and the need to deliver care to increasing populations of sicker patients is what's driving investments in digital health.
Digital health investing -- at least in the US -- is in a bubble. That was the main takeaway from a panel at the annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., featuring speakers from Canaan Partners, GE Ventures and Sanofi Ventures, the VC arm of the big pharma company.
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would permit states to use Medicaid funding to cover up to 90 consecutive days of care at addiction treatment facilities for patients with substance abuse disorders, doing away with a restriction on coverage at inpatient, residential facilities with 16 or more beds. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, one of the bill's sponsors, said they will push for its inclusion in the final House-Senate opioid package.
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