A study in The Gerontologist showed that geographic information systems mapping could help improve access to health care among vulnerable older adults in South Florida. GIS mapping could also help insurers and hospitals boost surveillance of older adults discharged from the hospital into vulnerable areas, said Justin Stoler of the University of Miami.
The American Heart Association has released new guidance recommending that youths ages 2 to 18 should have only 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of any sugars used in processing and preparing foods or beverages, added to foods at the table or eaten separately, and should drink no more than 8 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages per week. The guidelines in the journal Circulation also advised against any added sugar intake for children younger than age 2.
Nearly 50% of US cats don't get regular veterinary care, and there's been a 30% drop in cat visits to veterinary clinics since 2001. Veterinarian and CATalyst Council Executive Director Jane Brunt explains that preventive care is essential for cats because veterinarians can detect early signs of illness including dental disease and osteoarthritis and begin treatments before issues progress.
Researchers tested almost 7,000 dogs of 230 breeds for markers of nearly 100 genetic disorders and found that dogs carry variants associated with inherited canine disorders more commonly than previously thought. One in six dogs had at least one disease-linked variant, and one in six of those variants was discovered in a breed that had not previously been associated with the disorder.
More small, independent specialist practices are selling themselves to consolidated medical practices and private equity funds in an effort to relieve themselves of tasks associated with payment reform, regulations and electronic health record implementation. The trend might push health care costs higher, forcing insurance premiums up, too, some industry observers say.
Nighttime systolic blood pressure was 6.1 mm Hg higher among diabetes patients with very high albuminuria than those with high albuminuria and 4.8 mm Hg higher among those with high albuminuria, compared with the normoalbuminuria group, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings were based on the Spanish Ambulatory BP Monitoring Registry cohort involving 16,546 hypertensive patients with and without diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that type 2 diabetes patients had a mean A1C reduction of 17 mmol/mol 12 months after the implementation of barrier-specific care paths, compared with a 5 mmol/mol reduction among those in the standard care group. Canadian researchers used a cohort of 155 diabetes patients and found that accessibility, psychological/support and socioeconomic were the most common barrier categories to glycemic control.
Researchers found electromagnetic-guided bedside placement of nasoenteral feeding tubes for surgical patients by trained endoscopy nurses or members of a nutrition team was comparable to gastroenterologists' endoscopic placement, according to study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The randomized trial included 154 patients.
Only 8% of businesses in the US are considered "ahead of the curve" in terms of data maturity, and the US ranked 14th out of 18 countries for data maturity, according to EMC's Vanson Bourne Global Data Protection Index. Researchers surveyed 2,200 IT experts and found that funding, lack of offsite archiving and inadequate data policies and protection methods hinder data maturity.
The Office of Management and Budget received a proposed rule last week that would allow the ONC to directly review certified EHR programs and handle EHR-related complaints and safety issues, and a final rule will likely be released in October. However, health technology industry groups raised concerns about ambiguity in the proposed rule.
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