A study presented at the Emirates Cardiac Society Congress showed obese adults with heart disease and type 2 diabetes saw the biggest benefit after doing a combination of yoga and aerobic exercise, compared with those who did either one alone. The yoga plus aerobic exercise group had twice the improvements in total cholesterol, triglycerides, bad LDL cholesterol and weight and waist circumference as the other groups, as well as significant improvements in heart function and exercise capacity.
Anthem will offer home-delivered meals after hospital discharge as a benefit for some of its Medicare Advantage plan members starting in 2018. The goal is to help reduce weight loss and malnutrition that can lead to hospital readmissions, longer lengths of stay and poor outcomes.
UK and US researchers who used electroencephalogram found that older individuals with mild cognitive impairment who developed Alzheimer's disease had delayed neurological response to processing written words, compared with an intact response among healthy peers and those with MCI who did not develop Alzheimer's. The findings in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical suggest that impairment of the brain network related to language comprehension may serve as a biomarker for Alzheimer's risk and could lead to development of a noninvasive test for use in routine evaluations of patients with memory problems, said researcher Katrien Segaert.
An analysis of 229 dietary supplements found 26 did not have any ingredients labeled, while 90 of the 203 that did had accurate content, researchers reported at The Liver Meeting 2017. Mislabeling rates were 79% for bodybuilding products, 72% for weight loss products, 60% for energy boosters and 51% for general health supplements.
Registered dietitian Monica Auslander runs her business, Essence Nutrition, out of shared office space in Miami because she did not have room at home and wanted a separate mailing address. Auslander said noise is not a problem in the shared space and she pays for 20 hours per month of conference room time to meet with clients.
To avoid foodborne illness in young children, reheat solid foods to an internal temperature of 165 degrees and check it with a food thermometer, said registered dietitian nutritionist Julie Buck. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave, do not feed infants from a baby food jar to avoid contamination of leftovers, and refrigerate unused portions of baby food in the original jar, Buck said.
A Whitman College program run by students teaches older men how to prepare meals for themselves. Kaye Peck, a dietitian at The Center at the Park senior center who helps decide topics for the "Men Making Meals" program, said older adults may find it difficult to learn to cook after the death of a spouse or may face physical or budget limitations.
The rate of cardiovascular events associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the same for women and men, according to a population-based study presented at The Liver Meeting 2017 conference. Researcher Dr. Alina Allen said the findings show the NAFLD negates the protective effect of female gender for cardiovascular events.
Substance abuse among employees can put companies in a difficult situation, because while they must ensure safety and customer service they also want to treat workers fairly and with compassion, said Lynn Flinn, president of The Rowland Group in Tulsa, Okla. Wellness and employee assistance programs can help, but companies have varied policies on the use of prescription and illegal drugs at work.
Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic told the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee that the clinic's employee wellness program has reduced sick leave and saved $254 million in medical costs over seven years. Other witnesses at the hearing talked about concerns with privacy and the use of incentives in wellness programs.