Study finds high skin cancer risk, low awareness among troops | Reducing calorie intake could help obese adults manage sleep apnea, lower blood pressure | Breast milk protein may curb odds of necrotizing enterocolitis
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Study finds high skin cancer risk, low awareness among troops
A study presented at the recent World Congress on Cancers of the Skin found that military personnel are at higher risk for skin cancer than the general population due in part to deployment locations, but only 22% of service members polled said they were "very aware" of the risk. Moreover, nearly a third of those polled said they have no access to sunscreen, and 62% said they had experienced a sunburn while deployed abroad. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (9/9)
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Reducing calorie intake could help obese adults manage sleep apnea, lower blood pressure
A study presented at the American Heart Association meeting found that calorie reductions showed promise in the treatment of sleep apnea and blood pressure in obese adults. Study participants who lowered their calorie intake by 800 calories daily experienced fewer breathing pauses while asleep, higher oxygen levels and lower blood pressure than those whose diets remained the same. HealthDay News (9/10)
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Breast milk protein may curb odds of necrotizing enterocolitis
Researchers analyzed samples of human breast milk and infant intestinal tissue, along with a series of animal studies, and found that the protein neuregulin-4 in breast milk could protect babies from developing necrotizing enterocolitis. The findings were published in the American Journal of Pathology. HealthDay News (9/9)
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Study: Therapy shows promise among infants with signs of autism
A small study of a behavioral therapy designed for infants with symptoms of autism shows promise in reversing developmental delays. Using the Early Start Denver program as a model, researchers taught parents of seven 6- to 15-month-olds how to engage their infants during everyday activities, and only two of the children later were diagnosed with autism. The findings appear in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. (9/9), Disability Scoop (9/9)
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ONC finalizes EHR certification rule
A final rule that will offer stakeholders more flexibility in certifying EHRs was released Wednesday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The 2014 Edition Release 2 includes 10 optional criteria. "It provides more choices for health IT developers and their customers, including new interoperable ways to securely exchange health information," National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Karen DeSalvo said. Health Data Management (9/10), Healthcare IT News (9/10)
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Expert: Diabetic foot infections not on the decline
Reports that diabetic foot infections have declined are misleading, according to a presenter at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Changing the definition of diabetes resulted in an increase in the total number of Americans considered to have the disease, thus reducing the percentage of those with foot infections, which is a late-stage complication in more severe cases, said Bryson Duhon, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/9)
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CDC: Most U.S. youths consume too much sodium
More than 90% of 6- to 18-year-olds consume an average of 3,300 milligrams of sodium each day, exceeding the recommended daily salt intake of less than 2,300 mg, according to a CDC report released Tuesday. About 16% of 8- to 17-year-olds have elevated blood pressure levels, but healthy diets with less sodium intake can lower this rate, researchers said. Reuters (9/9), (9/9)
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MRSA strains are present on common household surfaces
An analysis of 50 households of children with active or recent community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus found that nearly half of the houses had surfaces contaminated with MRSA. Bed linens were the most frequently contaminated household surface, followed by TV remote controls and bathroom hand towels, according to the study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (9/9)
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Work-Life Balance
Pa. companies have high participation rates for wellness initiatives
More than 250 Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania employees don matching T-shirts on Wednesdays and walk along through the downtown area of Wilkes-Barre as part of the insurer's "Walking Wednesdays" wellness program. Cheryl McCann of Metz Culinary Management in Dallas says participation in the company wellness program, which includes a health risk assessment, healthy living education and counseling from health coaches, has increased to 75%. The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (9/7)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
Study finds gaps in ACA health plan affordability
Americans nearing retirement age and earning more than 400% of the federal poverty level often have trouble finding affordable health insurance, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. A 64-year-old earning 401% of the income threshold for tax credits cannot find a plan costing 8% or less of household income in 97% of U.S. counties, and a 50-year-old with the same financial circumstances cannot find an affordable plan in more than one-third of U.S. counties, the study found. People who cannot find health insurance within the affordability threshold are not subject to Affordable Care Act penalties, but they miss out on the financial stability that coverage provides. HealthDay News (9/8)
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