Stephen Colbert, whose father and two brothers died in a plane crash when he was 10 years old, discusses his outlook on grief during an interview with Anderson Cooper. "I want it to not have happened, but if you are grateful for your life ... then you have to be grateful for all of it," Colbert says.
The FDA has stepped up regulatory actions against laboratories that offer pharmacogenetic testing services without premarket clearance or approval to encourage the firms to submit their products for regulatory review. The companies are avoiding mentions of drugs or drug classes in lab reports and online marketing materials and are reporting only patients' pharmacogenetic variants because guidance from the agency is unclear.
Bosses tell people what they want them to do, whereas leaders are collaborative and empower people to do their jobs, writes John Stoker, who offers 12 characteristics that separate leaders from bosses. "Good leaders will understand what is required of each team member and will support and encourage them in ways that motivate them to do their best," he writes.
The Bowling Green Independent School District in Kentucky began providing all students free breakfast and lunch this year and already has seen participation increase. Dalla Emerson, director of food service operations, said providing free meals gives parents peace of mind during the morning rush to prepare for school.
A review in The Diabetes Educator showed that among 14 studies published between 2001 and 2017, eight reported positive effects of diabetes self-management education and support on hypoglycemia outcomes, two of which reported a decline in hypoglycemia events. Five studies also found that DSMES significantly reduced reported symptoms of hypoglycemia.
The FDA has granted Medtronic investigational approval for a proposed trial of its insulin infusion set that can be used for up to seven days. The multicenter study, which will include 150 adult patients with type 1 diabetes, will evaluate the efficacy of the infusion set in comparison with the MiniMed 670G device.
Researchers examined data from 63 US adults, mean age of 43, and found that those who took vacations away from home had a 38% odds of meeting the criteria for metabolic syndrome, compared with 11%, on average, among those who stayed at home during vacation. The findings published in Psychology & Health also found a 24% reduction in MetS risk for every additional vacation taken by participants over the past 12 months.
Fifty-seven percent of hospital IT and business leaders responding to a Center for Connected Medicine survey said their institution has moved to a single EHR system to improve the sharing of medical data within the organization, and 44% said they have hired new staff to improve interoperability. Other actions leaders have taken include working with interoperability technology vendors, improving existing employees' analytics skills and joining health information exchanges.
A stretchy, stick-on skin patch composed of an antenna and sensor monitors heart and respiration rates by detecting how the skin stretches and contracts with each heartbeat or breath and can track arm and leg motions by sensing when the skin tightens and relaxes as underlying muscles flex. The readings are sent wirelessly to a receiver worn on clothing, and developer Zhenan Bao says the technology could be used in hospitals to monitor sleep patterns and heart conditions.
The HHS Office of Inspector General is auditing selected state Medicaid managed care organizations to find out how they use telehealth to deliver behavioral health care services. The OIG will also review how states monitor telehealth-based behavioral health services and identify practices for maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks.
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