The Leapfrog Group unveiled its semiannual safety grades for approximately 2,500 acute-care hospitals in the US, giving an A to 30% of facilities and a B to 28%. State-by-state comparison showed 73% of Hawaii's hospitals received an A grade, putting the state at the top for safety, while none of the hospitals in North Dakota, Delaware or Alaska earned an A grade.
The FDA has taken steps to curb sales of e-cigarettes, especially Juul vaping devices, to minors, by sending warning letters to 40 retailers, urging eBay to remove product listings and asking Juul Labs to provide documents that may help explain their products' popularity among teens. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Truth Initiative applauded the FDA's efforts but said the agency should do better in regulating e-cigarettes and cracking down on features such as flavorings designed to appeal to youths.
Researchers followed 1,078 patients with hypertension and cardiovascular disease for three years and found that those with a mean walking speed of 5.1 kilometers per hour had a lower risk of hospitalization than those who walked at a slower pace. The findings, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed the hospitalization risk was reduced 19% for every 1 kilometer per hour increase in speed.
Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, ranging from brisk walking to running, with vigorous aerobic activity and muscle conditioning at least three days a week, according to the CDC. Experts recommend considering a child's age and interests, keeping exercise fun and trying to make it part of a regular routine.
Vermont's first employer-sponsored on-site employee clinic has opened at the National Life Group's Montpelier office. Gov. Phil Scott said the clinic's focus on prevention and wellness aligns with the state's health care goals and may reduce costs and improve outcomes.
Companies are increasingly developing health and wellness plans for their employees, with 73% adding telemedicine services, 79% providing 24-hour phone nursing access and 60% offering health advocacy programs, according to a WorldatWork study supported by Korn Ferry. "Companies are trying to keep up the pace and offer health plans suited for the hyper-connected, lightning-quick pace of today's global workforce," said Korn Ferry senior principal Robert Swatland.
The Native Wellness Institute recently provided cultural wellness training for Native American students, faculty and staff at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Trainer Robert Johnston said aspects of Native American history, including genocide and suppressed language and culture, have had intergenerational effects that manifest as addiction, depression, illness and abuse.
The Department of Agriculture has recognized the Muscogee County School District's School Nutrition Program in Columbus, Ga., with its Silver Turnip the Beet Award for its summer meal program. The award, which was given to 19 state programs, recognizes programs that are nutritious and appealing to students and offer fresh fruits, taste tests for students and nutrition education.
A study in Diabetologia showed that care for at-risk patients who were screened for diabetes status and cardiovascular risk and turned out to have type 2 diabetes was almost $3,300 less per person over five years than for patients who developed type 2 diabetes in a group that was not screened. Researchers looked at a cohort of 1,912,392 patients, ages 40 to 69, from a Danish registry and found that the costs of screening among patients at moderate to high risk are likely offset by the benefits of earlier detection and treatment.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed that physicians who used PTT Advisor, a CDC-developed clinical decision support app, to evaluate cases involving bleeding or thrombosis made correct testing and diagnostic decisions nearly 83% of the time, compared with 70% with traditional decision support. Researchers found that the mobile health tool also helped improve the physicians' speed and confidence in their clinical decisions.
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