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7/22/2019

A federal judge upheld a Trump administration rule extending the duration of short-term health plans, which do not comply with the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements, from three months to one year, noting the rule's potential negative impact is minimal "but its benefits are undeniable." The plaintiffs say they will appeal the ruling.

7/22/2019

Researchers performed three random blood glucose tests within 12 months on more than 900,000 Veterans Administration patients and found that those who had a minimum of two glucose measurements of at least 115 mg/dL within a year were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes in the next five years, while patients whose readings reached 130 mg/dL had an even higher risk of developing the condition. Findings published in PLOS ONE showed random blood glucose tests "could appropriately prompt high-yield, focused diagnostic testing and improve recognition and treatment of prediabetes and early diabetes," stated lead author Mary Rhee.

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7/22/2019

Teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes and low disturbed eating behaviors had the highest self-management scores and the lowest scores on diabetes distress, A1C levels and depressive symptoms, compared with least adaptive scores among those with persistent DEB, and intermediate outcomes among those with increasing and decreasing DEB, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found that diabetes self-management over time was stable among those in the low and persistent DEB groups, improved among those in the decreasing DEB group and worsened among those in the increasing DEB group.

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7/22/2019

Researchers surveyed 18,769 adults enrolled in WW International, a commercial weight management program, and found that 63.5% of the participants experienced weight stigma and 46.3% reported experiencing weight stigma in childhood or adolescence. Findings published in Obesity Science and Practice also showed that younger participants, women and those with a higher body mass index had increased weight bias internalization, with those who had a romantic partner or were widowed and black participants had lower weight bias internalization.

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WW International
7/22/2019

Premature adrenarche was not tied to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, hypertension, hepatosteatosis, atherosclerosis or low-grade inflammation but women with PA did have a higher prevalence of insulin resistance and acanthosis nigricans, higher A1C levels and more central fat mass than controls, according to an analysis in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers said that the risk of decreased insulin sensitivity in women with PA is likely tied to the increased central adiposity in adulthood, rather than prepubertal factors.

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metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia
7/22/2019

Individuals with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease who received daily intranasal insulin through the Kurve ViaNase device, but not those whose intranasal insulin was delivered via the Impel NeuroPharma device, scored six points lower on the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale after 18 months, indicating delayed Alzheimer's progression by one to two years, compared with those who were given placebo, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association annual meeting. Researchers also found improved beta-amyloid 42/40 and beta-amyloid 42/tau ratios among those treated with the Kurve ViaNase.

7/22/2019

Social workers must be aware of the signs of a gambling disorder and the resources available as legalized gambling expands. Additional education is key because, "If you're not trained, you could easily miss it," says licensed clinical social worker Jody Bechtold.

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Social Work Today
7/22/2019

Older adults are more sensitive to the effects of extreme heat, so they should take certain precautions. Social workers Rachel Dewees and Nina Abney offer five tips to stay cool, such as drinking a lot of water, finding a cooling center, and only working outside early in the day, if at all.

7/22/2019

Social workers are increasingly working at public libraries, where people can get help without feeling stigmatized, says Leah Esguerra of the San Francisco Public Library. Such programs have drawn interest from the Public Library Association, which launched a task force that includes social workers to study how to best address the social service needs of library patrons.

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Leah Esguerra
7/22/2019

Thousands of people in four Mississippi counties will lose access to mental health care when the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center runs out of funding next month. Mississippi is already the subject of a lawsuit that asserts its mental health services are inadequate.

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The Associated Press