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5/22/2017

A hearing today may shed light on the future of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments after a lower court ruled that the payments were not authorized, a decision that was appealed by the Obama administration. It's not clear whether the Trump administration will allow the case to proceed, ask for a delay or withdraw the appeal.

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5/22/2017

Minneapolis now ranks as the fittest city in America, ending Washington, D.C.,'s three-year reign as it drops to the second spot, followed by San Francisco and Seattle, according to an annual list from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. The report, which considered long-term health indicators such as chronic disease and smoking rates, ranked Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville, Ky., as the least fit of the 50 metropolitan areas included.

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5/22/2017

Hyperthyroidism, now common in domestic cats, was unheard of in felines until the late 1970s, when veterinarian Mark Peterson noticed similarities between a patient's symptoms and the signs of hyperthyroidism in humans. Veterinarians around the world began to diagnose the condition in cats while research was beginning to link the condition to fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Because humans and cats live side by side, scientists are increasingly concerned that the feline disorder is a harbinger of a threat to human health, too.

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5/22/2017

San Diego Zoo veterinarians are making changes to their patients' diets to help endangered white rhinos have healthy pregnancies and deliveries in captivity. Scientists found that phytoestrogens in the rhinos' soy and alfalfa feed may have been interfering with fertility, so they removed the compounds from the animals' diets, and since 2014, three rhinos that previously could not successfully reproduce have done so.

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Times of San Diego
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5/22/2017

Swedish researchers found that 5 of 578 adults with type 2 diabetes had confirmed primary aldosteronism, all of whom were men and taking one or more antihypertensive medications. The findings in Clinical Endocrinology revealed that those with primary aldosteronism had lower potassium levels and higher systolic blood pressure than those without adrenal dysfunction.

5/22/2017

A study in Diabetes Care showed that each 5 µg/mL decrease in 1,5-anhydroglucitol level was associated with an increased estimated risk of dementia among diabetes patients. Researchers evaluated almost 13,000 patients with diabetes from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study and found that among those with an A1C level of less than 7%, those with glucose peaks had a 0.19 greater z score decline over 20 years for cognitive decline, compared with those without glucose peaks.

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5/22/2017

The number of K-12 students with diabetes increased from 83 in 2011 to 128 in the current school year in schools in Sarasota County, Fla., according to data from the Florida Department of Health. The increase has put a strain on school health services, said Suzanne DuBose, a registered nurse and supervisor of health services in Sarasota County schools.

5/22/2017

An analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed a significant association between low serum testosterone levels in women and high risk of stress and mixed incontinence. The findings, presented at the American Urological Association's annual meeting, indicate that testosterone replacement therapy could help prevent pelvic floor atrophy and reduce the risk of urinary incontinence, researcher Michelle Kim said.

5/22/2017

HHS' third update of its "International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations" guidance details how health IT personnel can receive intelligence from InfraGard, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit group, and contains links to other resources on cybersecurity. The guidance also reiterates how health care organizations can obtain a scan of their public IP address from the National Cybersecurity Assessment & Technical Services.

5/22/2017

AHIP and a number of other business and health care groups sent a letter to Senate leaders Friday calling for urgent action to ensure cost-sharing reduction payments are funded for the 2018 plan year, warning that premiums will spike and health plan participation will drop if the payments are not funded. Filing deadlines for most states are in June, so insurers must make final decisions now about whether to participate in the 2018 individual market and how to price products.

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