Study: Global childhood obesity prevalence rises tenfold in 4 decades | Utah nurses, Salt Lake police develop new policy on hospital interactions | Ibuprofen may be better than morphine for post-op pediatric pain relief
The number of obese children and teens ages 5 to 19 around the globe totaled 124 million in 2016, compared with 11 million in 1975, and the US had the highest childhood obesity rates among high-income countries, according to researchers with Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. The findings, published this week in The Lancet, also showed that 192 million were moderately or severely underweight last year, about two-thirds of whom were from South Asia.
The Salt Lake City and Sandy police departments have adopted a new set of policies governing law enforcement activity at hospitals that was developed with the Utah Nurses Association following the arrest of a nurse in July that led to a detective's firing. The policy "gives nurses a little reassurance that they now have a strict plan, and, with that plan, the intent is that nurses will not leave the hospital in handcuffs," said Aimee McLean, president of the Utah Nurses Association.
Youths who took ibuprofen for pain relief after undergoing minor outpatient orthopedic surgery had similarly reduced pain scores but significantly fewer adverse effects such as drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and constipation compared with those who took oral morphine, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. However, the findings showed that neither drug provided complete pain relief, prompting researchers to suggest further studies on better treatments.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society found women who experienced at least three traumatic events, such as sexual harassment, natural disasters or the death of a child, were more likely to have poorer endothelial function compared with women who had fewer traumatic experiences. The findings were based on data for 272 postmenopausal and perimenopausal women.
A study presented at IDWeek 2017 found the risk of urinary tract infections among women who drank six additional 8-ounce glasses of water daily was reduced by half, compared with UTI rates among women who did not increase their water intake. The findings were based on 140 healthy women younger than 45 who drank fewer than six 8-ounce glasses of liquids daily and had at least three UTIs in the previous year.
Cook Islands Ministry of Health Secretary Elizabeth Iro has been appointed as the World Health Organization's chief nursing officer, ending a seven-year vacancy for the role. "Nurses play a critical role not only in delivering healthcare to millions around the world, but also in transforming health policies, promoting health in communities, and supporting patients and families," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The CMS warned that as of Oct. 1, eligible hospitals that are not meaningful EHR users during the fiscal year 2018 reporting period will receive Medicare payment reductions for that year. "This payment adjustment is applied as a reduction to the applicable percentage increase to the Inpatient Prospective Payment system rate, thus reducing the update to the IPPS standardized amount for these hospitals," the CMS said.
Millennials and Generation Z workers are having a big effect on the workplace and employee benefits, experts say. Jim Link of Randstad North America said Generation Z wants flexibility, while Laurie Zaugg at Happify said millennials are affected by depression and anxiety and need employers to focus on mental well-being.
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will immediately discontinue cost-sharing reduction payments, saying it cannot lawfully continue the payments because there is no congressional appropriation, a move criticized by Democratic lawmakers and state attorneys general. A Congressional Budget Office analysis released in August found that halting CSR payments would increase premiums by about 20% and leave an additional 1 million Americans uninsured.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to develop regulations that would make it easier for small businesses and other groups to partner and buy association health plans and to relax limits on short-term health plans. Health care experts and industry groups said the changes could drive healthier people to purchase leaner plans, leaving only sicker people in Affordable Care Act plans, which could force insurers to raise premiums and possibly exit markets altogether.
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