Registered dietitian LeeAnn Weintraub says heart-healthy foods to add to the menu during American Heart Month in February include berries, green tea, tomatoes, nuts and tuna. Weintraub says having a healthy weight is important to heart health, but people need to do more than exercise and control food portions.
Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who followed a carbohydrate-restricted diet for two weeks showed improved levels of liver fat and other metabolic measures, researchers reported in the journal Cell Metabolism. The diet also led to changes in gut microbiota that led to higher circulating levels of folate, which is associated with improved liver fat metabolism.
Researchers found that diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking may play a larger role than thought in sudden cardiac arrest among young people ages 5 to 34. The findings in the journal Circulation, based on almost 3,800 cases of sudden cardiac arrest deaths among patients in Oregon, cited the importance of screening children and adolescents for these risk factors.
Patients with breast or colon cancer who participated in a supervised exercise intervention while undergoing treatment were more likely to be physically active after therapy ended, compared with patients receiving usual care, researchers reported at the Cancer Survivorship Symposium Advancing Care and Research. The study found participating in an exercise program during cancer treatment also may reduce long- and short-term fatigue.
Augusta Health and Allegheny Mountain Institute in Virginia are developing a farm-to-table project that will include a greenhouse and land for growing fresh fruits and vegetables. The hospital will use 8,000 pounds of food in patient meals, the cafeteria system and catering, while also creating a food pharmacy program for diabetes patients.
Interhospital patient transfers increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection, according to a Canadian study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers said antimicrobial stewardship programs can reduce the risk of C. diff infection.
St. Anthony Hospital in Chicago used a "hospitalwide huddle" to reduce the duration of catheter use and hospital-acquired infections. Reductions in device utilization rates were associated with a 90% decrease in HAIs and a savings of almost $500,000.
A statement from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America said infectious disease specialists are uniquely qualified to lead antimicrobial stewardship programs. The statement in Clinical Infectious Diseases was issued as a response to a proposed CMS rule calling for antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention programs in hospitals receiving federal funding and to meet Joint Commission standards.
Four mental health intervention teams comprising police officers and social workers began patrolling Sunday in the Albuquerque, N.M., area. Funded through a behavioral health tax, the pilot project aims to provide services as alternatives to arrest for persons whose disruptive action results from mental illness.
Three out of four women in the District of Columbia who are homeless and living without children have suffered violence, according to a new report from the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness. The current national attention to mistreatment of women should have a "MeTooHomeless" component, said Kris Thompson, a leader in the study.