Employers turn to online doctors to cut costs | Work dominates in post-recession work-life balance | Studies link reduced dementia risk with midlife physical activity
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July 16, 2014
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Employers turn to online doctors to cut costs
Home Depot and T-Mobile are among the employers offering Teladoc, an online doctor-consultation service for employees. Costs for online physician services can be a quarter of an in-office visit. Eighteen percent of employers offer telemedicine, compared with 15% in 2012, Mercer says. CNBC (7/10)
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Work dominates in post-recession work-life balance
Pressure from the recent recession has driven the average number of hours employees at small and midsize businesses worked per month up by 5.14 when compared with 2007 averages, according to a study by TriNet. The study, which examined Bureau of Labor Statistics data, also found that employees in all industries except professional services worked more hours during the recession. BenefitsPro.com (7/14)
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Study Shows Glutathione is Effective When Taken Orally
Glutathione is critical in protecting cells from damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxins, both contributing factors to many fatal diseases. A recent milestone study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition by Dr. John P. Richie, Jr., proves "master antioxidant" glutathione is effective and supports the immune system when taken orally.
 
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Studies link reduced dementia risk with midlife physical activity
Older adults who were physically active in middle age had a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to two studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. HealthDay News (7/14)
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D.C. doctor writes prescriptions for youths to play outside
A physician in Washington, D.C., is prescribing more exercise for youths who are overweight or obese. Dr. Robert Zarr, who works primarily with low-income and uninsured youths, has mapped out every park in Washington and writes an "Rx for Outdoor Activity" that spells out when and where his patients will play outside each week. National Public Radio/Shots blog (7/14)
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Practical tips to do more stress-relieving exercise
Exercise increases endorphins and can serve as a type of meditation, two factors that are natural stress-beaters and mood enhancers, writes registered dietitian Mark Mahoney. Start small but commit to the addition of regular exercise; set goals; get a friend involved; and exercise in increments if that helps get it done, Mahoney writes. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (7/14)
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Health News & Research
U.S. sees decline in stroke rate in past two decades
The overall first-time stroke rate among Americans dropped 24% from 1987 to 2011, with a greater drop seen among people aged 65 and older, according to an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found a 20% overall decline in stroke-related deaths per decade. HealthDay News (7/15), DailyRx.com (7/15)
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Review: Organic produce has more antioxidants, less cadmium
Organic foods contain more antioxidants, fewer pesticides and less cadmium residue, but the effects of these differences on health are unclear, according to a review of 343 peer-reviewed studies on organic and conventional produce. The findings were published in the British Journal of Nutrition. HealthDay News (7/15)
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Study finds disparity in use of minimally invasive surgeries
Use of minimally invasive surgery for appendectomy, colectomy, hysterectomy and lung lobectomy varies widely by procedure, geographic location and hospital type, according to a study published online in The BMJ. Complication rates for minimally invasive procedures are lower than for open surgeries for all four surgeries, the researchers said. Physician training, location and background are the primary factors in whether minimally invasive or open procedures are used, the researchers found. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/11)
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Studies link moderate drinking to greater heart risk
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that even moderate daily consumption of wine or liquor, but not beer, was associated with a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The risk of developing irregular heartbeat rose 8% for each additional drink of any kind of alcohol per day, an analysis of data from six studies found. HealthDay News (7/14)
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Schools & Community
Physicians offer state park passes for patients
Primary care doctors at 124 practices across Maine that participate in the Let's Go! program are giving patients and their families up to 10,000 free passes to the state's parks and historical sites. "Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to keep the whole family active," says program director Dr. Victoria Rogers. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (7/10)
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State issues -- What do health plans need to know?
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Back office operations not efficient? Look to TPA Direct.
The TPA Direct program comprises AHIP member companies and offers guidance to health insurance plans and other payers and administrators interested in outsourcing. TMG Health, a TPA Direct partner, is a technology-enabled, Business Process Outsourcing services firm providing operational solutions and information systems for health plans, providers and insurers. Learn more about TPA Direct.
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