Replacing 30 minutes of sitting per day with physical activity lowers the risk of premature death by up to 35% in older adults, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Moderate to vigorous activity was most effective, but even light-intensity activity was associated with a 17% lower risk of premature mortality.
Write Anne Semmes says she learned from licensed clinical social worker George O'Loughlin of the Department of Human Services in Greenwich, Conn., that hoarding can rise to the level of mental illness. O'Loughlin created a Hoarding Task Force six years ago when a resident's accumulated clutter made it difficult to fight a fire at their home, and the group has 30 cases pending.
Cats at a shelter and in their own homes gravitated toward people who paid attention to them and ignored people who ignored them, researchers reported in Behavioral Processes. "In my opinion, it's very important to go out and try to interact with your cat and see what happens," said lead author Kristyn Vitale.
German researchers conducted a 104-week double-blind study involving 621 adults with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on metformin and found that those who received ertugliflozin experienced reduced fasting plasma glucose, systolic blood pressure and body weight, compared with those on placebo and glimepiride. The findings in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism also showed a lower incidence of symptomatic hypoglycemia among those in the ertugliflozin group than the placebo/glimepiride group.
A study in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation revealed that interdependent tendencies may negatively affect diabetes self-care among type 2 diabetes patients. Japanese researchers surveyed 161 adult diabetes patients, mean age of 65.1, and found that age and emotional support were positively associated with diabetes self-care among men who were younger than 68 years old, while interdependent tendency was negatively correlated with diabetes self-care among women in the same age group.
"Initiative 18|11" from the Society of Actuaries and Kaiser Family Foundation is working on projects aimed at finding ways to reduce health costs. A meeting of health care leaders led to goals that include an analysis of the 5% of people who account for 50% of health costs, an initiative on understanding drug price processes, and a project looking at effects of new technology and care models on cost and quality.
More than 250,000 GoFundMe campaigns related to health care are conducted each year, and CEO Rob Solomon said the prominence of the medical category highlights a broken health care system. Solomon said he did not realize the extent of the need for help when GoFundMe started, but said systemic health care problems should be "solved by the government working properly, and by health care companies working with their constituents."
The market gyrations and the shutdown. The trade wars and global uncertainty. None of the above has squashed the sunny optimism that a group of health care CEOs demonstrated at a roundtable discussion during the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week.
A study by Harvard University researchers found almost 75% of US workers have caregiving responsibilities, 32% have left a job due to problems with work-life balance, and more than 80% said caregiving duties at home prevent them from giving their best performance at work. The study found more than half of employers said they did not track workers' responsibilities outside of work.
Nearly 43.4% of adolescents ages 13 to 17 were given complete human papillomavirus vaccination, but only 15.8% and about 34.8% had received all recommended HPV vaccine doses by ages 13 and 15, respectively, according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers also found higher odds of up-to-date HPV vaccination at ages 13 and 15 among those who had one health provider, compared with those with two or more providers.
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