Ill. city sees good response to new employee clinic | Mich. walking challenge draws 50+ companies | Increased muscle fitness tied to better memory in youths
April 21, 2017
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Ill. city sees good response to new employee clinic
A medical clinic for city employees in Springfield, Ill., staffed by a nurse practitioner, medical assistant and registrar, has seen more than 250 patients since opening in March. The city's goal is to have the clinic improve medical care for employees and their families and reduce health care costs.
The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (4/20) 
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Mich. walking challenge draws 50+ companies
What began as a friendly competition between Terryberry and Grand Rapids Label has grown to include more than 50 companies competing in the West Michigan Walking Challenge. Terryberry workers are tracking steps on wearable devices or through apps and the total will be compared against other companies at the end of the challenge.
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (4/19) 
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Increased muscle fitness tied to better memory in youths
Children with elevated aerobic fitness levels had higher memory and math test scores than those who didn't, with muscle fitness directly associated with memory performance, according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The findings, based on 79 youths ages 9 to 11, also showed equal working memory benefits from increased muscle fitness between boys and girls.
HealthDay News (4/19) 
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Health News & Research
FDA warns against codeine, tramadol for youths, breast-feeding mothers
The FDA issued a warning against the use of codeine and tramadol in children younger than 12, in adolescents ages 12 to 18 who are obese or have conditions that cause problems with breathing, such as sleep apnea and lung disease, and breast-feeding mothers, as well as a warning against tramadol use in children ages 18 and younger who underwent tonsil and adenoid removal, after a recent review showed serious breathing difficulties among youths who received the drugs. The FDA is requiring drugmakers to update warning labels on the drugs to reflect the new contraindications.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/20),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/20),  National Public Radio (4/20) 
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Breast cancer striking more Asian-American women
The breast cancer incidence rate is rising among women in six of seven Asian-American ethnic groups studied, according to a study in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The finding warrants additional attention and research to identify relevant risk factors for specific breast cancer subtypes, lead researcher Scarlett Lin Gomez said.
HealthDay News (4/14) 
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Study associates diet soda intake with increased dementia, stroke risk
Study links diet soda intake to increased dementia, stroke risk
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Boston University School of Medicine researchers found that adults who drank one artificially sweetened soda daily were nearly three times as likely to develop dementia and ischemic stroke over 10 years, compared with those who didn't drink diet soda. The findings in the journal Stroke, based on data involving 4,372 adults ages 45 and older, also showed a 2.6 times increased odds of stroke but not dementia among those who drank six or fewer diet sodas a week.
CNN (4/20),  NBC News (4/20),  CBS News (4/20) 
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Study: Parents' ideas on portion size may predict children's BMI
A UK study in Pediatric Obesity found that children's body mass index was linked to their parents' beliefs on what the child's ideal and maximum tolerated food portions would be, but not their own self-reported ideal and maximum tolerated portions. The findings, based on 217 youths ages 5 to 11 and their parents, also showed that parents' estimated portion size was closer to their children's self-selected portions as pediatric BMI increased.
Healio (free registration)/Endrocine Today (4/20) 
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Schools & Community
Drexel nurses help develop new community wellness center
Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions partnered with two other groups to open the Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in West Philadelphia. Drexel's Loretta Sweet Jemmott helped spearhead the initiative, and her team identified key health concerns among area residents that the center will seek to address.
The Philadelphia Tribune (4/18) 
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Fla. schools feed students from certified "food forests"
Eleven public elementary and middle schools in Florida's Miami-Dade County grow produce in "food forests," and this year, for the first time, the fruits and vegetables will be served in school lunches. The certified food forests are 5,000-square-foot, self-sustaining gardens that grow crops appropriate for the climate.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Webinar: Building a successful retrospective chart review program
On April 27, 2-3p.m. ET, "Building A Successful Retrospective Chart Review Program" addresses ways you can leverage Retrospective Chart Reviews as an asset to drive growth and improve care for beneficiaries. Risk-bearing entities embracing a systemic approach for retrospective chart reviews will find an increased benefit when running these programs, including improving operational efficiency and reducing costs.
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Influencer Series: More reasons to attend Institute & Expo
The list of reasons why you should register for Institute & Expo, June 7 through June 9 in Austin seems to get longer and longer, doesn't it? Go ahead and add our Influencer Series, featuring speakers including Michael Chernew, PhD, Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH. These in-depth concurrent-focused sessions are part of your conference registration. Register by 4.26 to save.
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