A study presented at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children whose mothers had A1C levels greater than 6.5% during early pregnancy were almost two times as likely to be diagnosed with autism in the first 4 years of life as those whose mothers had A1C levels below 5.7%. The findings were based on data for 35,819 mother-infant pairs.
Youths who received complete rotavirus vaccination were 33% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who weren't vaccinated, and there was an even lower risk among those who were given all three doses of the pentavalent vaccine, compared with those who received only two monovalent vaccine doses, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Researchers also found 94% and 31% lower rates of rotavirus infection-related and any hospitalizations, respectively, among vaccinated children during the first two months post-vaccination, compared with those who weren't vaccinated.
A study of 314 adults with metabolic syndrome found that those who participated in a telemonitoring-supported physical activity program experienced a significant reduction in mean MetS z score, a measure of severity, six months after the intervention, compared with a control group of patients on a waiting list for the program. The findings were published in The Lancet Public Health.
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Researchers evaluated 2008 to 2017 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that the prevalence of meeting physical activity guidelines rose from 19.4% to 25.3% among adults in urban areas and from 13.3% to 19.6% among those in rural areas. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed a higher prevalence among urban residents in all demographic regions and subgroups from 2016 to 2017 compared with 2008 to 2009.
Four-year-olds with persistent and new excess weight were 2.54 times and 2.49 times more likely to develop hypertension by age 6, respectively, compared with those with healthy weight, Spanish researchers reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The findings also showed a 3.42 times and 2.81 times increased likelihood of high blood pressure among those with persistent and new abdominal obesity, respectively.
Youths who consumed more sweet and salty snacks and sweetened drinks had reduced standardized math and English test scores, compared with those with lower junk food intake, researchers reported at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting. Another study also presented at the meeting showed that children who drank 2.5 liters of water daily had reduced working memory cost and lighter urine color, but similar cognitive flexibility and inhibition, compared with those with a 0.5 liter daily water intake.
Philips surveyed more than 3,100 health care professionals in 15 countries and found those who don't share patient data, both inside and outside their facilities, cite lack of access to data sharing systems, preference for traditional formats, concerns about privacy and security, and lack of interoperability.
The Advisory Board's annual health care CEO survey found 21% of respondents said revenue growth was their top priority, 20% chose population health and accountable care organization strategy, and 13% said cost containment. The Health Care Advisory Board's Rob Lazerow said the survey shows margin management remains a priority, but revenue growth has displaced cost containment as first choice to achieve it.
Real-world data from 833 South Asian patients show increased use of an integrated personalized diabetes management solution was highly correlated with reduced levels of both fasting blood glucose and random blood glucose. The integrated solution consists of Roche's Accu-Chek Active blood glucose monitor and Wellthy Therapeutics' Wellthy Care Digital Therapeutic.
The House on Wednesday amended a health care spending bill to remove a 23-year ban on using federal funding to create a national patient identifier. The move was backed by a group of health care stakeholders in a letter to House lawmakers sent earlier this week urging them to pass the amendment introduced by Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill.