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February 7, 2013
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  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Kaiser tests employer-based wellness programs for diabetes
    Kaiser Permanente researchers are testing two health-plan initiated, employer-based wellness programs intended to prevent diabetes in high-risk patients. One program uses health coaching with motivational interviewing techniques on the phone, and the other helps women with gestational diabetes mellitus get postpartum glucose screening and information on preventing diabetes. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/5)
  Fitness 
  • Consistency is more important than timing of workout, expert says
    Little research has been done to compare exercise late in the day with early workouts, but the important element is sticking to a routine, says Kris Berg of the University of Nebraska at Omaha clinical exercise physiology lab. Nutrition is key following a workout, and Berg says there is a two-hour window after exercise during which more carbohydrates can be stored in muscles to help with energy needs later in the day. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • FDA issues warning against deceptive flu products
    The FDA has released a report warning the public against fraudulent flu products that carry unproven claims about curing, treating or preventing the flu. The warning covers drugs, nasal sprays, devices, foods and dietary supplements. The FDA said it has yet to approve any over-the-counter treatment that can cure or prevent the condition, and there are no approved generic formulations of Tamiflu or Relenza. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S. including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
    The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Declines in cancer seen among blacks
    Cancer rates have dropped among blacks in the U.S., although they remain at greater risk of dying from cancer than whites, a report showed. Black men had a 15% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men, while black women had a 6% lower cancer risk compared with white women, researchers wrote in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mentally ill adults more likely to smoke, CDC reports
    The smoking rate for adults with a mental condition in the U.S. was about 70% higher than for other adults, according to a report by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. On average, smokers with mental disorders smoked more cigarettes than smokers without mental conditions. Reuters (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • AHIP’s Exchange Conference addresses operational needs and questions
    With less than a year before Exchanges go live and open enrollment beginning this fall, your need for information is greater than ever. Sessions at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will address SHOP Exchanges, the employer perspective, network adequacy and care continuity, and more. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline approaching: Disparities leadership program
    The Disparities Solutions Center is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Disparities Leadership Program. This year-long executive education program is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other health care organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, particularly through quality improvement. Applications are due on Feb. 8. Apply today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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