Employee benefit trends on the horizon include a greater number of choices, flexibility in changing selections and personalized plans, experts told the American Benefits Council's 50th Anniversary Symposium. Kevin Avery of ConocoPhillips said recruiting the best employees will require companies to meet their needs for paid-leave policies, flexible scheduling and work/life balance.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance, two-hour glucose, fasting insulin, C-reactive protein, triglycerides and waist circumference were negatively associated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among prediabetes patients. UK researchers used a cohort of 2,326 adults and found positive correlations between sedentary time and HOMA-IR, fasting insulin, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, C-reactive protein, triglycerides and waist circumference.
A study estimated the number of US Alzheimer's disease cases will double by 2060, and author Ron Brookmeyer said it highlights the need for ways to better identify people who will develop the disease and for new interventions to slow or stop disease progression. The research, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, found that about 5.7 million people will have mild cognitive impairment and 9.3 million will have Alzheimer's disease by 2060.
Infant rice cereals had sixfold higher levels of inorganic arsenic, on average, compared with other grain cereals, according to a Healthy Babies Bright Futures report. The findings also showed arsenic levels in infant rice cereals averaged 85 parts per billion, lower than the average arsenic level of 103 ppb found in a FDA study in 2013 and 2014, while the highest amounts of arsenic were found in brown rice cereals.
A study in Pediatrics that analyzed 31 G- and PG-rated movies from 2012 through to 2015 found they all promoted obesity or unhealthy food or beverage choices at least one time, and most had the themes throughout the film. Healthy foods often were linked to negative or neutral emotions, less nutritious foods were more likely to be cast in a positive way, and overweight and obese characters were depicted negatively.
Researchers from South Korea used generative networking, a machine-learning technique, to produce structural MR images from florbetapir PET scans of dementia patients, and they found the generated MR images had signal patterns similar to real MR images and a significantly smaller estimated mean absolute error of standardized uptake value ratio of cortical composite regions than other MR-less methods. The approach, described in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, could be used in amyloid quantification and "might be used to generate multimodal images of various organs for further quantitative analyses," researchers said.
An agreement was reached by Cerveau Technologies and VU Medical Center in Amsterdam for the manufacturing and supply of Cerveau's F-18 MK-6240, an investigational PET tracer for imaging neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, to support future research projects. VU Medical will also have access to Cerveau's pharmaceutical partners, which are planning a series of therapy trials.
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Dietitians cannot ignore video because it gives them the ability to inform, influence and inspire through the sharing of evidence-based messages and healthy recipes, said registered dietitian nutritionist Betsy Ramirez. Creating videos can be time-consuming but dietitians should learn how to do it, decide the purpose for using it and get the required equipment.