Spanning Cloud Apps polled over 400 US employees and found that 60% of government workers would let colleagues use their work computer, compared with 40% of health care staffers. Another study by Wombat Security found that on average, health care employees incorrectly answered 23% of questions related to IT security best practices, compared with 24% among those in the hospitality industry.
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.
Senate lawmakers approved an $854 billion spending package that includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and $178 billion for the Labor, Education and HHS departments, including $3.8 billion in funding to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. The package, which now goes to the House, includes stopgap legislation that would keep the government open through Dec. 7.
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.
Marburg virus persisted in the testes of crab-eating macaques, suggesting that Marburg and other filoviruses, such as Ebola, might also persist in human testes after the body clears the virus from other organs, researchers reported in Cell Host & Microbe. Marburg virus caused the breakdown of the blood-testes barrier that protects Sertoli cells, but the presence of the virus did not appear to affect sperm generation or reproductive function.
The Argonaute 2 protein silences RNA and slows liver metabolism, impeding the organ's ability to process fat, and blocking AGO2 prevented obesity, diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat diet. The findings, published in Nature Communications, might have implications for treating chronic metabolic disorders in humans.
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.
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