The FDA approved Sanofi's once-daily mealtime injection Adlyxin, or lixisenatide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, as an adjunct treatment to diet and exercise to manage blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. The approval was backed by results from a clinical program and the ELIXA trial, which demonstrated the drug's cardiovascular safety and effectiveness in reducing A1C levels.
Researchers have established reference ranges for cortisol in dog saliva, and their work is reported in Domestic Animal Endocrinology. The study identified predictors of cortisol levels, such as intact status in females, whose levels tend to be higher, and living in a shelter for more than two weeks, which was associated with lower levels than life in a private home.
Japanese researchers found that brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity was a significant predictor of all-cause mortality among diabetes patients after first non-traumatic lower extremity amputation, while ankle-brachial pressure index was not. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, based on 102 Japanese diabetes patients, revealed that 44 patients reached the endpoint of all-cause mortality during a mean follow-up period of 3.3 years.
In addition to electronic medical records and billing software, four technologies that experts say medical practices should consider are revenue cycle management software, data analysis systems, point-of-sale payment terminals and patient registration systems. The return on investment in these technologies may be significant, even for small practices.
Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease taking a new opioid prescription had a higher risk of adverse respiratory outcomes and were up to four times more likely to die from any cause compared with those who were not prescribed pain medication, according to research in the European Respiratory Journal. The study in Ontario found an about 70% rate of opioid prescribing among COPD patients who were not receiving palliative care.
Health officials in Florida have determined that four cases of Zika virus infection in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are likely the result of mosquito bites. Meanwhile, the FDA on Wednesday said blood centers in the two counties should take precautions to protect the safety of the blood supply, including the implementation of testing for the virus.
A study in PLOS Medicine showed that adults who participated in diabetes prevention programs lost weight and had improved blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Researchers analyzed 44 published studies involving 9,000 program participants and found greater health benefits among those who were enrolled in programs that kept in contact with participants even after the core program sessions have been completed.
Medicare patients who were treated for dementia with medication had better survival rates, fewer hospice visits and lower costs when compared with those who were not treated, researchers said at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016. Health care costs more than tripled, on average, during the first month following an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, but patients treated with medication had monthly costs of $5,535, compared with $6,711 for those not on medication, data showed.
Employees at Clif Bar get a paid six- to eight-week sabbatical for every seven years of service and can use the time as they choose. The perk, also available at companies such as General Mills, Boston Consulting Group and REI, can increase productivity and engagement and reduce turnover.
A survey by One Medical Group found about two-thirds of employees would take better health and wellness benefits over other types of perks, while 64% said one of a company's top goals should be keeping workers healthy. The survey of 1,000 professionals found almost 60% said employee benefits were very important to how they felt about their company and job.
- Page 1