Soft drinks were the top item purchased by households in the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, accounting for 5% of dollars spent on food, a USDA study found. Overall, data showed about 40 cents of every SNAP dollar went toward food basics such as meat, fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and bread.
Two-thirds of employers supplement core benefits with voluntary products, such as long-term disability; dental, vision and hospital coverage; and even pet insurance, yet a recent study found that only 30% of employees surveyed are familiar with this type of benefit. While 45% of those surveyed say they don't have savings to cover an unexpected emergency, experts say rising worker contributions to medical care may spark concerns about the affordability of voluntary products.
Therapeutic continuous glucose monitors, which so far include only the Dexcom G5 Mobile from San Diego-based Dexcom, have been classified by the CMS as durable medical equipment under Medicare Part B coverage.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that older adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease who took sitagliptin didn't experience any significant impact on their primary composite outcome or on severe hypoglycemia, hospitalization due to heart failure or death. UK researchers used a cohort of 14,351 participants and also found that sitagliptin didn't raise any significant safety concerns among older patients.
Only 11% of women with gestational diabetes needed insulin after receiving a combination of metformin and glyburide, compared with 32% of those who received either drug alone, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. The findings, based on 104 women with gestational diabetes, showed comparable results in mean daily blood glucose and other neonatal and obstetric outcomes, including neonatal hypoglycemia, electrolyte imbalance and macrosomia, between patients in the combination therapy and monotherapy groups.
GeoPrecise, a new analytics and patient identification tool, has been launched by Allscripts and ePatientFinder. The tool will enable contract research organizations and clinical trial sponsors to use Allscripts' EHR systems and ePatientFinder's Clinical Trial Exchange platform to match patients with clinical trials, said Tom Dorsett, president and CEO of ePatientFinder.
UnitedAg is opening a Health & Wellness Clinic in Visalia, Calif., to provide care for farmworker families. The trade association's facility will offer medical care, wellness coaching and laboratory services.
Bravo Wellness CEO Jim Pshock says corporate wellness programs are maturing, but a focus on well-being should not mean ignoring a return-on-investment in employee health, because increasing costs are still a big issue. While it is necessary to include financial wellness and programs aimed at better sleep and stress management to support individuals, Pshock says, "a focus on well-being cannot afford to separate its impact from measurable physical health improvement."
Kundalini yoga, which is based on sequences of exercises called kriya to stimulate muscles and improve internal systems, is gaining in popularity. The American College of Sports Medicine listed kundalini as a top 10 fitness trend for 2017.
Israeli researchers found that youths with severe and persistent night terrors who underwent cognitive behavior therapy that involved play for four weeks didn't have improved sleep in actigraph measurements but had significantly reduced parent-reported sleep problems and co-sleeping compared with those who received non-directive therapy with play. The findings in Sleep Medicine were based on data involving 90 children ages 4 to 6.
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