Hyperglycemia tied to weaker muscles in diabetes patients | ANA supports Navy nurse who refused to participate in forced feeding | Study: Trans fats linked to reduced scores in memory test
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November 19, 2014
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Hyperglycemia tied to weaker muscles in diabetes patients
A study in Diabetes Care revealed diabetes patients in the highest quartile of HbA1C exhibited significantly lower muscle strength and muscle quality than those in the lowest quartile. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (11/18)
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ANA supports Navy nurse who refused to participate in forced feeding
The ANA has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel not to punish a Navy nurse who refused to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates on a hunger strike. The nurse was within his rights to make an ethical decision and should not face retaliation, ANA President Pamela Cipriano wrote. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (11/19)
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Study: Trans fats linked to reduced scores in memory test
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association found that trans fats were associated with reduced ability to recall words in a memory exam for young and middle-aged men. Men whose diets had the highest level of trans fats had up to 10% worse recall. HealthDay News (11/18)
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Study IDs racial gap in ear infection diagnosis in children
Researchers at the University of Utah and Emory University found 30% fewer black children received an ear infection diagnosis compared with whites. Data also showed black children were 20% less likely than whites to obtain prescriptions for wide-ranging antibiotics but more likely than whites to receive infection-specific antibiotics, which are the recommended course of care, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/17)
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Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children
Adult children of mothers who were overweight or obese had up to a 90% higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared with peers born to mothers who were not overweight or obese, a study indicated. The results were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. DailyRx.com (11/18)
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Trends & Technologies
Gates donates $5.7M for trials of blood-based Ebola treatments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $5.7 million to support studies of Ebola treatments that use convalescent plasma and other blood products from Ebola survivors. The funding also will support drugs studies, and the trials will be carried out in Guinea and other countries in West Africa. BBC (11/18)
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Researchers: More U.S. children engage in unhealthy snacking
Researchers at the University of Minnesota say children snack more often than they did in the 1970s, with 97% now consuming a snack once daily and about half of those eating two snacks or more each day. Data also indicate that children 2 to 5 eat 12 teaspoons of sugar daily, while those 6 to 11 consume about 18 teaspoons per day. The findings appear in the journal Nutrients. Pharmacy Times online (11/15)
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Work-Life Balance
Study: Night-shift workers burn fewer calories
People working the night shift burn fewer calories than their day-shift counterparts, raising the risk of weight gain, researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers said the reason may be that working the night shift interrupts circadian rhythms. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (11/18)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
Employers, insurers get 3 extra weeks to report enrollee totals
The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight has postponed the deadline for yearly submissions of insurance companies' and employers' enrollment totals for the Affordable Care Act reinsurance program. The due date is now Dec. 5. National Underwriter Life & Health (11/17)
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Heavy traffic leaves HealthCare.gov visitors lined up
More than 1 million people visited the federally run health insurance exchange on the first weekend of open enrollment for 2015 plans, the Obama administration said. But some customers with established accounts on HealthCare.gov were unable to open their accounts Monday amid heavy traffic and technical problems. Some messages directed customers to wait and others suggested trying again later. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/17)
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