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11/21/2017

Dietitians say holidays are a time for indulgence, favorite family recipes and comfort foods, but they try to work in a healthy twist. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, carefully plans her menu and recipes, and she uses "smart ingredients" to lighten a recipe and big flavors to make sensible portions more enjoyable.

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Today's Dietitian
11/21/2017

A new prenatal fitness studio, FPC, in New York City helps women learn about their bodies during pregnancy, prepare for delivery and get back in shape after birth. Co-founder of the studio Joanie Johnson, a postnatal corrective exercise specialist and certified pilates instructor, said regular gyms treat pregnant women as if they are sick and tend to be overcautious.

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Fast Company online
11/21/2017

An analysis of more than 3.4 million individual health records in Sweden showed that adults who had a dog were less likely than their dogless peers to die during the 12-year study, and among people who lived alone, those who had a dog were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Dog owners tend to be physically active, and having a dog might increase well-being and social contacts or introduce beneficial organisms to the owner's microbiome, researcher Tove Fall said.

11/21/2017

A cellular process called SUMOylation prevents brain damage in hibernating squirrels by allowing the animals' brains to function with reduced blood and oxygen flow, scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported in the Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's journal. The enzyme ebselen, which boosts the process, protected mouse brains in a study, and it could help people recover from a stroke if it can be delivered to the human brain, say first author Joshua Bernstock and NINDS program director Francesca Bosetti.

11/21/2017

Wild turkeys that have made themselves at home in the Bay Area city of Martinez, Calif., have been welcomed by many residents, but they have sometimes been a nuisance to others. "There are tons of stories (about) people's brand-new Mercedes getting torn up by 20-pound Toms who are looking at their reflections," said California Native Plant Society Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp.

11/21/2017

Rolling back the orphan drug tax credit would slow the number of approvals, according to Peter Saltonstall, president of the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The move, part of the House tax bill, has alarmed patient groups, which, along with some drug companies, are lobbying to preserve the credit.

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The Hill
11/21/2017

A section of the newly released CMS Medicare Advantage and Part D proposed rule requests comments on developing Part D plans to mitigate the impact of direct and indirect remuneration fees. The proposal also addresses "any willing pharmacy" requirements, e-prescribing and drug-management programs.

11/21/2017

ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, defended advanced practice registered nurses in a statement responding to the American Medical Association's adoption of a lobbying agenda that opposes independent practice for non-physician providers of health care. "For AMA to imply that APRNs are incapable of providing excellent care or that their care puts the patient at risk is blatantly dishonest. The future of health care calls on all health care professionals to work together as a team to meet the growing demand for health care services," said Cipriano.

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Forbes
11/21/2017

A placebo-controlled study in Diabetes Care found that type 2 diabetes patients treated with empagliflozin did not have an additional risk of lower-limb amputation. Researchers evaluated data from the EMPA-REG Outcome trial on 7,020 adults and found that those in the empagliflozin 10 mg and empagliflozin 25 mg groups also had similar risks for lower-limb amputations.

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Diabetes Care, Empagliflozin
11/21/2017

UK researchers analyzed data from the Concordance in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection study involving 250 patients, mean age of 64.3, and found that 52 had an amputation of some part of their foot, while 18 had peripheral revascularization and 10 underwent both procedures. The findings in Diabetic Medicine also revealed that 45 patients died by the 12-month follow-up period.