A CDC report found that 9% of all Americans, or 28.9 million, were uninsured from January to September 2017, statistically unchanged from a year before but 19.7 million lower than in 2010. Among those ages 18 to 64, 12.7% lacked coverage, 69.3% with coverage had a private plan, and 43.2% had a high-deductible plan, up from 39.4% in 2016.
Prediabetes as defined using the American Diabetes Association and the World Health Organization/International Expert Committee criteria was associated with a 37% and 54% higher incidence rate of nonfatal/fatal cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality, compared with normoglycemia, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Danish researchers used a cohort of 5,427 individuals, ages 50 to 79, and found no association between prediabetes defined by fasting plasma glucose or two-hour plasma glucose and excess risk of nonfatal/fatal CVD or all-cause mortality.
HHS withdrew an $11.5 billion budget request to fund the Affordable Care Act's risk-corridor program, saying the request was the result of an accounting error, but the president's budget request still includes funding for the program. Two insurers that have sued over unpaid risk-corridor funds stated in court documents that the budget item contradicted the government's argument that it is not obligated to make risk-corridor payments to insurers.
Two Willis Towers Watson surveys found 56% of employers said wellness programs help improve their employees' health, compared with 32% of employees. The research showed 54% of employees said there should be financial rewards for having a healthy lifestyle and 46% said they only would participate in a wellness program if they received a financial incentive.
Some government employers in Idaho are offering yoga classes as part of employee wellness programs. Post Falls HR director Teresa Benner said yoga's stretching and balancing poses may help workers who sit all day and do repetitive tasks, and the city believes the programs can lead to reduced health care costs for surgery and services such as chiropractic care and physical therapy.
Listening to music while walking was associated with a 28% increase in enjoyment of the task, compared with walking without music, and a 13% greater enjoyment compared with listening to a podcast, according to a small study in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The outcome was linked to increased beta waves in the cerebral cortex.
Australian researchers found that children and teens with chronic kidney disease had a 10.5 points lower mean intelligence test scores, as well as lower scores in executive function and on visual and verbal memory tests, compared with the general population. The findings in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, based on a systematic review of 34 studies, also showed the lowest scores among those with CKD who underwent dialysis.
Researchers found that adults in the highest quintile of total plasma trans-fatty acid concentration were more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared with those in the lowest quintile. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes, based on data from the 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving 3,801 adults, mean age of 50, revealed that only elaidic acid was associated with diabetes risk in a multivariate model including the four trans fatty acid isomers, with no differences after adjusting for age, race or sex.
Children had a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese if their mothers were overweight or obese, regardless of whether they were delivered vaginally or by cesarean section, when compared with children whose mothers were at normal weight and delivered vaginally, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. Infant gut microbiota appeared to be a factor in the association between the weight status of the mother and child, especially in those delivered by cesarean.
Nutrition experts say people on a gluten-free diet need to go beyond avoiding wheat, barley and rye and watch for derivatives of these ingredients and hidden sources of gluten in foods. Registered dietitian Rachel Begun said some products have a gluten-free claim or gluten-free third-party notification symbol, but labeling is not required so it can be easy to overlook gluten-free foods when grocery shopping.
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