A CDC report found that 9% of all Americans, or 28.9 million, were uninsured from January to September 2017, statistically unchanged from a year before but 19.7 million lower than in 2010. Among those ages 18 to 64, 12.7% lacked coverage, 69.3% with coverage had a private plan, and 43.2% had a high-deductible plan, up from 39.4% in 2016.
An aerial survey of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay watershed showed more than a million waterfowl, which is considerably higher than usual. State veterinarian Michael Radebaugh said some of the species are asymptomatic carriers of avian influenza and could be infected, so he and poultry veterinarian Annika McKillop urge owners of backyard flocks and commercial poultry operations to limit risk by following strong biosecurity protocols. The state is monitoring wild birds and poultry for infection amid the increased risk.
The Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan are launching a pilot program to attract and retain veterinarians in rural areas of the province. Five third-year veterinary medicine students will be paid $10,000 over 14 weeks to work in mixed- and large-animal practices in outlying parts of the province.
The Board of Directors plays a vital role within the association, contributing knowledge and expertise in various areas that will be useful in strengthening and expanding AWHONN. Board of Directors members are expected to serve on committees, task forces, work on special projects in collaboration with AWHONN's staff, and solicit new members to join AWHONN. Applications will close Monday, March 12, 2018. Learn more and apply.
Prediabetes as defined using the American Diabetes Association and the World Health Organization/International Expert Committee criteria was associated with a 37% and 54% higher incidence rate of nonfatal/fatal cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality, compared with normoglycemia, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Danish researchers used a cohort of 5,427 individuals, ages 50 to 79, and found no association between prediabetes defined by fasting plasma glucose or two-hour plasma glucose and excess risk of nonfatal/fatal CVD or all-cause mortality.
HHS withdrew an $11.5 billion budget request to fund the Affordable Care Act's risk-corridor program, saying the request was the result of an accounting error, but the president's budget request still includes funding for the program. Two insurers that have sued over unpaid risk-corridor funds stated in court documents that the budget item contradicted the government's argument that it is not obligated to make risk-corridor payments to insurers.
Two Willis Towers Watson surveys found 56% of employers said wellness programs help improve their employees' health, compared with 32% of employees. The research showed 54% of employees said there should be financial rewards for having a healthy lifestyle and 46% said they only would participate in a wellness program if they received a financial incentive.
Some government employers in Idaho are offering yoga classes as part of employee wellness programs. Post Falls HR director Teresa Benner said yoga's stretching and balancing poses may help workers who sit all day and do repetitive tasks, and the city believes the programs can lead to reduced health care costs for surgery and services such as chiropractic care and physical therapy.
Listening to music while walking was associated with a 28% increase in enjoyment of the task, compared with walking without music, and a 13% greater enjoyment compared with listening to a podcast, according to a small study in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The outcome was linked to increased beta waves in the cerebral cortex.
Australian researchers found that children and teens with chronic kidney disease had a 10.5 points lower mean intelligence test scores, as well as lower scores in executive function and on visual and verbal memory tests, compared with the general population. The findings in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, based on a systematic review of 34 studies, also showed the lowest scores among those with CKD who underwent dialysis.
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