An Ohio State University study found stress changes the number and makeup of intestinal bacteria, which could lead to health problems. The study in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found when antibiotics were used to reduce intestinal bacteria, some of the stress effect on the immune system was prevented.
A survey in Pennsylvania found 93.3% of adults age 21 and older reported they think they hold greater responsibility for their personal health than their providers, while 4.3% said their providers were more responsible. But 32.5% of respondents said they don't participate in planned weekly exercise and only 25% said they refrain from consuming high-salt foods, according to the survey.
An Italian study of 61 adults with type 1 diabetes on insulin pump therapy found that those who learned how to calculate their carbohydrate intake had a slight reduction in their weight and waist size and reported quality-of-life improvements after six months. The findings indicate that counting carbs may help people with type 1 diabetes pay closer attention to their diet and exercise, researchers wrote in the journal Diabetes Care.
Some 85% of hospital leader survey respondents said they were worried about their capacity to invest in technology, according to a Dell poll. Regarding patients, the survey found that 69% were worried about the security of their data. Further, the poll found that almost 80% of executives think "training clinicians and hospital staff in order to achieve process improvements and time savings" could be challenging.
Whether organic foods are more nutritious and worth the extra cost is heavily debated. The U.S. Agriculture Department says organic is a "production philosophy" and does not imply a product is superior. A healthy diet doesn't have to include organic foods but should focus on incorporating less-processed food and more fruits and vegetables, the department says.