July 30, 2021
AHIP Wellness SmartBrief
Wellness Programs & Trends
The relative importance to employees of financial compensation has dropped 11% in the last 10 years, but benefits that doubled in importance in that time include medical, life insurance, dental, vision, wellness and child care, according to analysis by PwC and TrueChoice Solutions. Factors such as work-life balance, career progression and training have tripled in importance.
Full Story: Strategy+Business (7/27) 
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With only 36% of nonretired adults reporting their savings are on track, according to the Federal Reserve, some might be tempted to take on more risk to make up for lost time. However, cryptocurrencies don't necessarily match a person's savings timeline or risk profile, experts say.
Full Story: CNBC (7/26) 
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Individuals who were born small for gestational age exhibited limited exercise capacity and minor differences in right ventricular geometry at rest, compared with controls, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology. The findings were based on data from 158 young adults.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (7/28) 
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Showcase your solution to health care decision makers at AHIP's National Conference on Medicare, Medicaid and Dual Eligibles, Sept. 21 through 24. Choose a package that meets your budget, and your goals. Contact BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org.
Health News & Research
A study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests that high sugar intake might increase a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. "Most sugars readily convert to glucose, whose metabolism is regulated by insulin and the insulin-mediated glucose transporter GLUT4, which is highly expressed in the hippocampus and may play a role in memory," researcher Christopher Ford said.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (7/29) 
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An analysis of data from health records at Emory University reported in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that delays in biopsy and diagnosis for breast cancer were twice as common among Black women compared with white women. "Our results suggest that race is the most pronounced driver of delays in the diagnosis of screen-detected [breast cancer]. As such, necessary steps must be taken to identify the personal and structural barriers that influence timely receipt of care for Black women," the study team wrote.
Full Story: Radiology Business (7/28) 
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A study in the journal Gut found that children with autism spectrum disorder had an underdeveloped microbiome -- regardless of their diet -- compared with children without the condition. The findings, based on data from 128 children ages 3 to 6 in China, revealed that those with autism had significantly fewer bacteria associated with neurotransmitter activity as well as five species of bacteria not normally present in the gut of children without autism.
Full Story: United Press International/HealthDay News (7/28) 
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Schools & Community
Will the Delta variant affect schools this fall?
(Gaston Brito/Getty Images)
Some schools across the US are considering available options for the upcoming school year as the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in some communities. In this article, district, school and health officials comment on the issues, including Dixie Rae Garrison, a middle-school principal in Utah who says the situation is similar "to where I was last fall, really nervous, the worst."
Full Story: Education Week (7/28) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
At AHIP's National Conference on Medicare, Medicaid & Dual Eligibles Online (Sept. 21 through 24), explore the policy, regulatory, and operational issues powering health care's transformation. Together, we'll tackle such topics how to better serve Medicaid members with insecure housing and promoting health equity through quality improvement and value-based care. Only AHIP can deliver content of this caliber. Register today.
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