Interest in financial wellness has spiked over the past several years, driven by employee stress and employer realization that stress is a drain on everyone, MetLife's Jeff Tulloch said at the Society for Human Resource Management's annual meeting. Former Google/Alphabet vice president Lazlo Bock said employers can give workers a nudge in the right direction, which can apply to making healthy choices, but the trick is not to micro-manage.
The American Heart Association said 10,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in the workplace, but study data show most US employees do not have access to CPR, first aid or defibrillator training. The AHA study found that among work sites that have an automated external defibrillator, 50% of employees did not know where it was located.
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Women who exercised during and after pregnancy had lower depression test scores postpartum than those who did not exercise, according to a review in the journal Birth of data from 12 studies. The studies looked at exercises such as walking, aerobic activity, stretching and breathing, Pilates and yoga, during and after pregnancy.
Draft recommendations from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices continue to advise against the use of live-attenuated influenza vaccine during the 2017-2018 flu season. Vaccination rates among US youths ages 6 months to 17 years remained similar between the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 flu seasons despite the ACIP's reversal on LAIV use last season, said Dr. Lisa Grohskopf of the CDC's Influenza Division.
Diabetes patients should not use unused secondhand test strips to save money because they can provide inaccurate blood glucose readings and may be unsafe to use with glucose meters, according to the FDA. The agency recommends purchasing new and unopened test strip vials that are specifically designed for the patient's glucose meter and talking to a health care provider about any concerns over which strips to buy or affording the strips.
Patients with mild to moderate depression reported reduced symptoms after receiving probiotic therapy for four weeks, and the results were sustained at eight weeks, researchers reported at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Researchers said because it was an open-label study, they are planning a larger randomized controlled trial to validate the results.
A study published in the journal Obesity found children were 33% less likely to be obese at ages 2 to 4 if their fathers frequently helped them with tasks such as brushing their teeth or getting dressed. Researchers said the risk of childhood obesity dropped by 30% for each one-category increase in the frequency that dads took their children out for walks or for play.
St. Mary's Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children's Hospital in Palm Beach, Fla., sent boxes of cereal to area Boys and Girls clubs as part of the "Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive" to reduce food insecurity. Brittany Wilson of Palm Beach Children's Hospital said many children who depend on school meals do not have access to food during the summer months.
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