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11/21/2017

Decreases in A1C levels were greater among type 2 diabetes patients who received once-weekly omarigliptin for 24 weeks than for those receiving a placebo, with the omarigliptin group experiencing a persistent A1C reduction, according to a study in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. In the study of 329 adults, those in the omarigliptin group had no reported cases of symptomatic hypoglycemia, compared with four in the placebo group.

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11/21/2017

Medicare's long-term sustainability is at risk due to rising health care costs, a shrinking taxpayer base and an increasing number of beneficiaries, according to an HHS report, and the CMS would need to substantially increase revenue or make drastic cuts in benefits to balance its budget. With growth in health care costs continuing to outpace growth in the taxable wages that fund Medicare and the ratio of taxpayers to Medicare-eligible Americans falling from 3:1 in 2016 to 2:1 by 2091, the program is expected to face a budget shortfall of $3.3 trillion over the next 75 years.

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11/21/2017

Policy experts at an American Enterprise Institute briefing said it is possible to reduce waste in the health care system to lower costs, and talked about why accountable care organizations have been slow to show cost savings. "The United States has spent $3.4 trillion dollars on care delivery, and I'm suggesting that half of that is recoverable waste, potentially," said Brent James, M.D., of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

11/21/2017

PET/CT with the breakthrough radiotracer Zr-89-pertuzumab provided excellent imaging quality five to eight days after tracer administration in six patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, identified multiple sites of HER2-positive malignancies, and identified brain metastases as HER2-positive in two patients with both HER2-positive and HER2-negative primary breast cancers and brain metastases, according to a study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The findings also showed the approach didn't result in adverse reactions and may be used in evaluating HER2 status of lesions inaccessible through biopsy and HER2 heterogeneity assessment, researchers said.

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11/21/2017

"Green powders" are a mix of dried and blended plants designed to provide vitamins and minerals in supplement form, and registered dietitian Vandana Sheth says many of the ingredients have been associated with better exercise endurance, diabetes management and cholesterol levels. Lori Zanini, RD, says green powders should not be used to replace whole plant foods and consumers should look for certified brands to ensure the actual ingredients match what is on the product label.

11/21/2017

Pediatricians and other health care professionals should participate in efforts aimed at curbing weight discrimination among overweight and obese youths such as practicing role modeling and behavior change counseling, using sensitive language and creating a safe clinical environment as well as working with schools and families and using the media in advocating against weight stigma, according to a joint policy statement issued in Pediatrics by the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Obesity Society. Meanwhile, a study in Pediatrics found obesity-promoting behaviors in all 31 children's films from 2012 to 2015 it examined, while most contained weight-based stigma.

11/21/2017

Social workers in nursing homes can find creative ways to improve privacy, communication and treatment, among other things. This could include strategies for dealing with stressful behaviors or environmental modifications that could calm a patient or their roommate.

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Social Work Today
11/21/2017

Showing empathy for adverse childhood experiences improves communication with, and care for, adults battling mental illness and other struggles later in life. "Your brain is built through experiences," said social work professor Ruth Charles, adding that "a majority of the brain is built between the ages of 0 and 3, and a majority of those memories are ones we can't recall."

11/21/2017

Staff at a public library in Evanston, Ill., are improving how they work with community members dealing with homelessness, mental illness and other issues thanks to training from an on-staff social worker. Justine Janis works with patrons in addition to conducting training sessions for staff.

11/21/2017

Front-end child welfare services should be a higher priority, said Jerry Milner, acting commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. "We need to strive to create environments where they get the support they need before the harm occurs, which, in my mind, calls for a reconceptualization of the mission and functioning of child welfare systems," says Milner.

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