Study: About 75% of US workers have caregiver duties | Tomorrow's retirement won't be anything like yesterday's | Physical activity, motor skills linked to cognition in older adults
January 18, 2019
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Study: About 75% of US workers have caregiver duties
A study by Harvard University researchers found almost 75% of US workers have caregiving responsibilities, 32% have left a job due to problems with work-life balance, and more than 80% said caregiving duties at home prevent them from giving their best performance at work. The study found more than half of employers said they did not track workers' responsibilities outside of work.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Tomorrow's retirement won't be anything like yesterday's
Traditional pensions are disappearing and most retirees will have to do their own preparation for retirement, which, because of increasing longevity, could last for 20 years or more. Only 30% of current and future retirees have the financial knowledge they will need to make important decisions about saving and investing for retirement, according to a report from Aegon.
U.S. News & World Report (1/17) 
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Physical activity, motor skills linked to cognition in older adults
Older adults with higher levels of physical activity and motor ability had better memory and thinking skills, regardless of the presence of brain lesions and other dementia-related biomarkers, compared with those who were more sedentary and had lower motor capacity, according to a study in Neurology. Researchers also associated every standard deviation increase in total daily activity and motor skills to a 31% and 55% reduced likelihood of dementia, respectively.
MedPage Today (free registration) (1/16),  HealthDay News (1/16) 
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Health News & Research
Heart-healthy lifestyle habits may reduce diabetes risk
Following four or more of the American Heart Association's "Life's Simple 7" recommendations, such as having a healthy diet, quitting smoking and getting more exercise, may reduce the risk of diabetes by 80% over 10 years for adults with normal glucose tolerance, according to a study in Diabetologia. Researchers said adults who had impaired fasting glucose did not see a reduction in diabetes risk from following the health goals.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (1/16) 
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Few US teens receive recommended HPV vaccinations early
Nearly 43.4% of adolescents ages 13 to 17 were given complete human papillomavirus vaccination, but only 15.8% and about 34.8% had received all recommended HPV vaccine doses by ages 13 and 15, respectively, according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers also found higher odds of up-to-date HPV vaccination at ages 13 and 15 among those who had one health provider, compared with those with two or more providers.
Becker's Hospital Review (1/17) 
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Many children, adults receive antibiotics they don't need
Twenty-three percent of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adults in the US were inappropriate, with improper prescribing more prevalent among adult patients, researchers reported in The BMJ. However, the analysis of claims from 2016 showed that 40% to 50% of pediatric antibiotic prescriptions were only "potentially appropriate," indicating they may not have been needed, said researcher Dr. Kao-Ping Chua.
TIME online (1/16) 
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Smoking cessation may lower HbA1C levels in diabetes
A study published in PLOS ONE revealed that patients with type 1 diabetes who quit smoking had HbA1C levels and rates of complications that were almost similar to that of nonsmokers. Based on 1,441 individuals from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, researchers said patients with diabetes should avoid smoking or quit smoking as soon as possible for improved health.
Diabetes (UK) (1/16) 
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Schools & Community
Mich. city challenges workers to bike, walk, carpool to work
Traverse City, Mich., may be an exception to statistics showing fewer people are commuting to work by bike, and the annual "Smart Commute Week," held by TART Trails, may be one reason. Businesses and residents form teams for the Smart Commute Challenge, which includes biking, walking, carpooling, riding the bus, or using other smart transportation modes.
Ticker (Traverse City, Mich.) (1/18) 
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Ore. legislators look at expanding school nutrition programs
Oregon lawmakers are considering ways to ensure all students have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. Options include having universal school meals and expanding the Community Eligibility Provisions and Breakfast After the Bell programs, but funding could be an issue.
Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
It's a tough time to be a leader
Join us at AHIP's Institute & Expo where Bob Woodward will discuss "Leadership in the Age of Populism." As a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Associate Editor of The Washington Post, he'll offer a unique perspective on our nation's political and social climate as well as obvious and hidden factors that affect our industry. Register now and save.
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AHIP's CEO on driving value for all Americans
People and their families depend on their health insurance coverage to provide them with financial protection and peace of mind, says AHIP President and CEO Matt Eyles. Watch the video.
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Supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) is a trending topic that focuses on MA plans having flexibility to offer more supplemental benefits to their beneficiaries; a consequence of the new CMS ruling. Join us Thursday, Feb. 28, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, for "Preparation 2020: Implementing Supplemental Benefits into Your Plan" to discuss trends, challenges, and how health plans can fit supplemental benefits in their offerings.
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