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8/28/2015

Health and conservation experts support eating salmon and said the wild-caught type is a more nutritious and sustainable choice over farmed salmon. Registered dietitian Julia Renee Zumpano said salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and just a 3-ounce serving is the nutritional equivalent of taking three days of fish oil supplements.

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8/28/2015

A CDC report gave the nation's schools good grades for improving nutrition in student meals but suggested that having more self-service salad bars would help them "meet the requirements for amount and variety of vegetables offered." The 2014 scorecard, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found 97% of schools offered whole-grain foods daily at breakfast, 79% served at least two nonfried vegetables at lunch and 78% provided at least two types of fruit.

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8/28/2015

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, the disaster is creating negative consequences for New Orleans youth.
Traumatized youth may be arrested for using marijuana to cope while others resort to stealing to help their still-impoverished families. "It is affecting kids even this long after it happened, and then you add on top of that all of the crime stuff that our kids are witness to. It's a shocking number of kids who have witnessed violent crime or have had really violent things happen to them," said Heather Kindschy, a licensed social worker for the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights.

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8/28/2015

Most imaging practices have yet to realize the benefits of analytics, but the tools and insights analytics can provide are crucial in the era of value-based care. Tools to consider include business intelligence analytics for operational efficiency and patient experience and clinical analytics for better care, including clinical decision support for referring practices and radiation dose management.

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8/28/2015

Physical activity and adventure may be one adjunct to cancer treatment for teens, according to a study published in ecancermedicalscience. Patients ages 10 to 18 in the study worked with sled dogs in Canada, caring for the animals and also riding the sleds, and they demonstrated physical and psychological improvement. "I have been dog sledding for 6 hours a day," said a 12-year-old patient named Nell. "I am very proud, and I feel so good now."

8/28/2015

Knut, the famous Berlin Zoo polar bear who died in his enclosure four years ago, succumbed to anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, according to an article published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. Knut experienced brain swelling that caused him to fall into his pool, where he drowned. The autoimmune disease was identified in humans only eight years ago, and Knut's case marks the first documented in an animal. Experts said it's possible the disease could be treated in bears, as it is in humans.

8/28/2015

The American Pet Products Association predicts that Americans will spend $60 billion on pets this year. Rover.com, the pet sitting services website, broke that figure down to estimate the costs associated with adopting a dog. New dog owners spend an estimated $2,858 in their first year of ownership, including veterinary care, toys, pet sitting and other expenses. "It's best to go into pet parenthood understanding the potential expenses involved so you can be prepared for whatever your dog throws at you, from Frisbees to bills," the Rover.com team said.

8/28/2015

People with type 2 diabetes were more likely to have had more antibiotic prescriptions, at 0.8 per year, than people without the disease, who had an average of 0.5 prescriptions per year, according to a Danish study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers observed an increased use of the drugs up to 15 years before the patients were diagnosed and an increased use after diagnosis.

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8/28/2015

U.K. researchers observed significant improvements in treatment satisfaction and a reduced perceived frequency of hyperglycemia among type 2 diabetes patients who received either 1.5 mg or 0.75 mg of dulaglutide once a week, compared to those on exenatide, metformin or placebo. The findings were published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

8/28/2015

Obese adults who drank 500 ml of water 30 minutes before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner over the 12-week period had an average weight loss of 4.3 kg, compared to the control group who lost an average of 0.8 kg. The findings in the journal Obesity were based on 84 obese individuals.

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