A review of 39 studies found regular moderate-to-vigorous aerobic and resistance exercise may improve thinking and memory skills in middle-age adults, researchers wrote in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They found different exercises had different effects, but the best training may be combining aerobic and resistance training.
The White House has told lawmakers it will continue funding cost-sharing reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act, withdrawing the threat that it might end the support from negotiations over government funding. However, the White House could still end the payments at any time, and AHIP spokeswoman Kristine Grow called for a congressional appropriation to give insurers the certainty they need.
The American Pet Products Association pet owner survey found that millennials make up 35% of the pet-owning demographic and they comprise half of reptile, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, ferret, gerbil and saltwater fish owners. Spending on veterinary care, pet food, pet supplies, over-the-counter products and pet services were all up from previous surveys, but purchases of pets themselves were down.
Canadian researchers found Filipino Americans without obesity had a higher prevalence of diabetes at 7.6%, compared with 4.3% among non-Hispanic white Americans. The findings in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, based on 1,629 Filipino Americans and 72,072 non-Hispanic white adults without obesity, revealed an association between Filipino Americans' increased odds for diabetes and age, overweight body mass index and cigarette smoking.
Patients with type 1 diabetes who used febuxostat for eight weeks to reduce levels of plasma uric acid experienced a modest reduction in systolic blood pressure, compared with controls, according to a study in Diabetes. Canadian researchers evaluated 73 patients with and without diabetes and found that FBX had no effect on arterial stiffness, urinary nitric oxide or flow and nitroglycerin mediated dilation.
An Israeli study in The Journal of Rheumatology showed that patients with psoriatic arthritis were at an increased risk for diabetes and other endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, Cushing disease and osteoporosis, compared with controls without psoriatic arthritis.
A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that an EHR-based surveillance system provided an accurate measurement of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other chronic health issues in New York City, and was comparable to in-person and telephone surveys. The researchers developed a surveillance system, called NYC Macroscope, to gather data from EHRs of more than 700,000 primary care patients.
A study published in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging demonstrated that a three-modality method of fusion imaging yields comprehensive, real-time guidance during surgeries. The researchers added photoacoustic imaging to real-time ultrasound and pre-acquired magnetic resonance images, and integrated the modalities with an optical tracking-based navigation subsystem for concurrent display.
Survey data from CFO Research and Prudential showed 82% of executives felt their company would benefit from having a financially secure workforce, and most said financial wellness is important to corporate performance and is an effective human resource management strategy. The survey found 70% of respondents said companies should measure employee financial wellness and 78% said employers should help workers achieve financial wellness.
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