Call renewed for transportation worker sleep apnea screenings | Employee leave for pet care, mourning is catching on | School-based intense interval training may improve pediatric bone health
February 12, 2018
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Call renewed for transportation worker sleep apnea screenings
In the wake of two train accidents in New York and New Jersey that were attributed to worker fatigue, the National Transportation Safety Board is once again calling for sleep apnea screenings and treatment for transportation workers. "The broader issues of reducing fatigue-related accidents and demanding medical fitness are both on NTSB's 'Most Wanted' list of transportation safety improvements," said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt.
Safety + Health magazine online (2/8) 
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Employee leave for pet care, mourning is catching on
An emerging perk among companies is allowance of leave for employees to bond with new pets, care for sick pets or grieve over lost ones. While new and still mostly informal in the US, the trend is well established in the UK.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (2/7) 
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School-based intense interval training may improve pediatric bone health
Children in the third-grade who participated in 40-minute intense interval training at school such as ball games or circuit training three times a week had 45% higher bone density, 15% better balance and 10% greater muscular strength, compared with those who had normal physical education classes, according to a Danish study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The findings were based on data involving 295 youths ages 8 to 10.
The Economic Times (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (2/9) 
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Health News & Research
CDC examines significant head injuries among youths
A CDC report showed that approximately 7% of children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 had parent-reported significant head injuries, with such injuries more common among boys and those who are older. The findings, based on 2016 national survey data, also showed a higher head injury risk among whites and those whose parents had more than a high-school education.
HealthDay News (2/9) 
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Report: Energy drinks not safe for children, teens
An American College of Sports Medicine official statement published in Current Sports Medicine Reports said caffeinated energy drinks are not safe for children and teens, who are at a higher risk of consumption-related complications. The statement said children and teens should not consume the drinks before, during or after intense exercise and the drinks should not be marketed to them.
HealthDay News (2/9) 
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Higher blood glucose, lipid levels seen 20 years before diabetes diagnosis
Researchers evaluated 296,428 individuals participating in the Swedish AMORIS cohort and found that people who developed type 2 diabetes showed higher levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides and mean body mass index more than 20 years before diagnosis, compared with the control group. The findings were published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/9) 
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Increased hunger feelings may linger long after weight loss
Feelings of hunger may linger for people who have lost weight long after their loss, according to a small study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. In the two-year study, 34 severely obese participants took part in a weight loss program, and researchers found that their levels of ghrelin, the hormone that boosts appetite, had increased and stayed high during the study's duration.
LiveScience (2/8) 
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Schools & Community
Hospital donates meals from its extra cafeteria food
KSB Hospital in Dixon, Ill., is donating extra cafeteria food to food-insecure individuals and families through a partnership with a local church. The program in January provided 615 meals, and KSB staff volunteered to pack the meals, provided education materials and checked blood pressure readings.
Sauk Valley Newspapers (Dixon, Ill.) (2/8) 
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Baltimore schools open on-campus health centers
Some schools in Baltimore offer on-campus health centers. One such clinic, operated by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, is similar to a pediatrician's office and is intended to help keep students in school and out of the hospital.
The Baltimore Sun (2/9) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Re-imagining care delivery through data, tech, and collaboration
During AHIP's National Health Policy Conference, we'll explore how health insurance providers, physicians, hospitals, and other stakeholders transform care delivery. Donald H. Crane (America's Physician Groups), Dr. Kavita Patel (Brookings Institute and Johns Hopkins), and Dr. Reed V. Tuckson (Tuckson Health Connections) will share tactics from the frontlines of collaborative care. Register now for March 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.
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As the small group market continues to change, more health plans realize they have an enormous opportunity to help employer clients protect their bottom-line. How? Through their brokers. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET as experts demonstrate why brokers hold the key to a carrier's profitability within this market. Register here.
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