PwC's 2018 Employee Financial Wellness Survey found 48% of millennials and 51% of Generation X workers cited not having sufficient emergency savings as their top financial concern, while 46% of baby boomers said it was not being able to retire at a time of their choosing. The survey found 25% of workers said having a financial wellness program with unbiased counselors was the benefit they wanted most for the future, and 41% said their company's financial wellness program had helped them control their spending.
Some companies are striving to retain talented employees by offering older workers flexible working arrangements that can reduce stress while providing needed income. Last year, about one-fourth of employees worked for companies that allowed flexible working arrangements, an increase from 19% in 2015, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
Researchers found that individuals who make it a lifelong habit to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, two or three times a week, had less stiff middle-sized arteries, while those who routinely exercised four to five times weekly had more youthful large, central arteries, compared with those who did not exercise. The findings in The Journal of Physiology were based on 102 adults older than 60.
A Research!America and American Society of Microbiology survey showed 77% of US adults expressed confidence in oversight of vaccine safety and recommendations this year, an 8-percentage-point decline from 2008, while the number who "strongly" believed they had derived personal benefit from vaccine development over the past 50 years dropped by 16 percentage points to 59%. Ninety percent of respondents said it was "very important" or "somewhat important" for parents to have their children vaccinated, down from 96%.
A study in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who achieved triple treatment targets for glycated hemoglobin less than 7%, blood pressure less than 140/90 mmHg and LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg/dl had a lower risk for mortality and macrovascular and microvascular complications than dual-goal, single-goal and no-goal achievers. Researchers used a cohort of 53,120 diabetes patients and found that management of LDL cholesterol levels was associated with a consistent reduction in possible complications.
Every 10 parts per billion increase in ozone exposure at birth was linked to 82% higher odds of asthma in childhood, Canadian researchers reported at the American Thoracic Society meeting. However, the findings, based on data involving 1,881 Canadian youths followed from birth until age 17 on average, didn't associate nitrogen dioxide or particulate matter PM2.5 exposure at birth with increased pediatric asthma risk.
Adults who consumed an average of 0.76 eggs daily had an 11% reduced risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and an 18% reduced risk of CVD mortality, compared with those who never ate eggs, according to a Chinese study in the journal Heart. The findings were based on 461,213 adults without a history of heart disease, with a mean age of 51.
Researchers reviewed data from the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study for thousands of adults aged 45 to 65 and found that women with higher levels of total and abdominal fat were more likely to have lower vitamin D levels, with abdominal fat most associated with vitamin D deficiency. The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology, also showed an association between higher levels of fat in the abdomen and liver with lower vitamin D levels in men.
A mobile grocery truck is expected to help provide fresh foods in small Kansas towns where local grocers have closed. The food truck program is being backed by a coalition of local agencies and stocked by a Save-A-Lot store in the region.
Let's tackle health care's biggest challenges together
At AHIP's National Conferences on Medicare, Medicaid & Duals, you'll participate in deep discussions about what matters most. We'll discuss payment reform, benefit design, the regulatory environment, community-based care, and more. Register today for Oct. 14 through Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. But don't delay. The Super Saver discount is available right now.
Care coordination is the single most important criteria influencing the member experience. Join us Wednesday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET to gain insights on improving key member experience metrics and learn how payers and labs can learn from one another and partner to co-design an improved member experience. Register here.
Tackling health care’s biggest challenges At AHIP's National Conferences on Medicare, Medicaid & Duals, we'll discuss payment reform, benefit design, the regulatory environment, community-based care, and more. Register today for Oct. 14 through Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. Don't delay. The Super Saver rate is available right now.
A headline in Friday's issue of AHIP Wellness SmartBrief mischaracterized the study findings. It should have read, "Research links high-intensity exercise to increased insulin sensitivity, reduced CV risk." SmartBrief regrets the error.
The basis of insincerity is the idealized image we hold of ourselves and wish to impose on others.
Anais Nin, writer
Product announcements appearing in SmartBrief are paid advertisements and do not reflect actual AHIP endorsements. The news reported in SmartBrief does not necessarily reflect the official position of AHIP.