Supportive managers curb absenteeism among employees with depression | Study: Expecting workers to monitor email can cause anxiety | Vigorous exercise lowers risk of chronic diseases, disability
August 13, 2018
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Supportive managers curb absenteeism among employees with depression
Researchers looked at data from 15 countries and found lower levels of absenteeism and higher levels of presenteeism when managers are supportive of employees with depression. The study in BMJ Open also showed employees who live in a country with more managers who avoid discussing depression tended to have more work absences.
Reuters (8/10) 
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Study: Expecting workers to monitor email can cause anxiety
The expectation that employees will check email when they are not at work can cause anxiety and stress, researchers reported at the Academy of Management's annual meeting and in Academy of Management Proceedings. The study of 100 employees found some said monitoring their work email also led to higher levels of anxiety and conflict with their spouse.
Electronics360 (8/10),  ConsumerAffairs (8/10) 
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Vigorous exercise lowers risk of chronic diseases, disability
Researchers interviewed 1,584 Australians over the age of 50 and found that those who were involved in vigorous physical activity were able to stave off chronic disease, disability and mental impairment for 10 years, compared with those who only engaged in moderate physical activity or were inactive. The findings in the journal Scientific Reports also showed that those with the highest levels of physical activity were twice as likely to prevent stroke, heart disease, angina, cancer and diabetes, and to be in optimal physical and mental shape.
Specialty Pharmacy Times (8/10) 
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Health News & Research
Climate change a key factor in rise of tick-, mosquito-borne diseases
Vector-borne diseases have increased threefold in the US between 2004 and 2016, according to the CDC, and experts say temperature shifts caused by climate change are a contributing factor. Improved surveillance as well as community engagement to help enhance disease detection and prevention are needed.
Scientific American online (8/10) 
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No link found between prenatal Tdap vaccination, autism
A study in Pediatrics showed that autism spectrum disorder incidence was 3.78 per 1,000 person-years among children whose mothers received the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, compared with 4.05 per 1,000 person-years among those whose mothers weren't vaccinated during pregnancy. Prenatal Tdap vaccination was more likely among Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders, those who were nulliparous, those with at least a bachelor's degree and those who gave birth at 37 or more weeks' gestation.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/13) 
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Childhood type 1 diabetes diagnosis linked to early mortality, CVD risk
A Swedish study in The Lancet showed that young adults who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10 or younger had fourfold increased odds of all-cause mortality and more than sevenfold higher risk of cardiovascular mortality, reducing life expectancy by nearly 18 years among women and 14 years among men, compared with healthy controls. Researchers also found a 30-fold increased likelihood of coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction, 12-fold higher heart failure risk and 11-fold increased odds of stroke among those with childhood type 1 diabetes.
Medscape (free registration) (8/9) 
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Depression more likely among obese girls, study finds
Obese girls had a 44% increased risk of developing depression, compared with normal-weight girls, UK researchers reported in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. However, the findings, based on a review of 22 studies involving nearly 144,000 youths, didn't show a higher likelihood of depression among girls who were overweight, and weight wasn't tied to depression risk in boys.
Reuters (8/10) 
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Study links limited chocolate intake to reduced CVD risks
Consuming less than 100 grams of chocolate per week may help reduce cardiovascular disease risks, according to a study in the journal Heart that found 45 grams per week was the ideal amount. Researchers said the protective effect was lost when consumption was greater than 100 grams per week, or about two chocolate snack bars.
Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (8/11) 
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Schools & Community
CDC examines school disaster preparedness, response
CDC researchers found that nearly 80% of US school districts have provisions to assist students and staff with special needs during emergencies, and offer mental health services to students, faculty and staff after disasters, according to findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. However, the researchers also found that fewer than two-thirds of school districts had response plans available for a possible influenza pandemic or another outbreak of an infectious disease.
Reuters (8/8) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Digital/Consumer Health Forum topics announced
Empowered patients, digital health to serve complex populations, the intersection of health care and innovation, life-saving technologies, balancing the digital and human health experiences, and empowering consumers are just a few of the general sessions at AHIP's Consume Experience & Digital Health Forum. You'll leave with big ideas to drive big results. Enjoy big savings before Sept. 25.
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Must-attend webinars. Register today
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, join Jared Lorinsky, Chief Experience Officer as he shares his unique perspective to "Recognize and Address Technology Blind Spots." Thursday, Sept. 6, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, "Winning Value-Based Strategies for Budgeted Health Care" examines value-based strategies payers and MCOs need to succeed with budgeted health care programs moving forward.
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