Cultural backgrounds and income levels may bring about differences in how children and adolescents cope with natural disasters, a study by two assistant professors of social work has found. The University of Illinois researchers noted that kids and teens from lower socioeconomic groups tended to provide support from within more than those who had greater access to services.
A plethora of direct-to-consumer pet gene testing kits have hit the market, and a growing number of veterinary clients bring DNA reports with them to appointments. But the tests are not subject to standards or regulations to ensure they are accurate or reliable, says Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, project director for the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs, and interpretation of test results is difficult.
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Patients with type 2 diabetes experienced an increased fiber network density at day one and day seven after a hypoglycemic event, compared with a decrease at day seven after euglycemia, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated 23 patients with and without diabetes and no history of cardiovascular disease and found that during acute hypoglycemia, both groups had an increase in platelet aggregation and reactivity, which were resolved at recovery, while euglycemic hyperinsulinemia led to improved fibrinolytic efficiency and reduced fibrin clot density and platelet reactivity.
Researchers used a cohort of 1,440 patients with diabetes from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and found that every 10 percentage point-drop in time in range during continuous glucose monitoring was associated with a 64% increase in the hazard rate for retinopathy progression and a 40% increase in microalbuminuria rate. The findings in Diabetes Care revealed that "TIR is strongly associated with the risk of microvascular complications and should be an acceptable end point for clinical trials," researchers said.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that type 2 diabetes patients who used mDiabetes, a smartphone-based app with an individualized diabetes management algorithm, significantly improved their A1C levels and had more significant A1C reductions below the 7.0% threshold after 24 weeks, compared with those who used a paper logbook. South Korean researchers recruited 172 patients, ages 19 to 80, and found that 31.1% of those in the mDiabetes group experienced a drop in A1C levels below 7.0% without experiencing hypoglycemia, compared with 17.1% among those in the logbook group.
HealthTech4Medicaid is a new nonprofit group that includes about 40 health technology company CEOs who want to speed technology innovation to improve care for Medicaid recipients. The group represents more than $1 billion in venture capital, and its goals include increasing access to care, improving quality and decreasing costs.
Pharmaceutical companies are paying attention to the marketing potential of patients who have a social media following. Wego Health CEO Jack Barrette said micro-influencers can have a dramatic effect on people's behavior, but paying social media influencers can involve navigating a thicket of ethical and regulatory questions.
Lisa Suennen, a prominent digital health venture capitalist, is taking on a new role, but health care entrepreneurs should know there are some pitches that won't go over well. She says going to market with a minimally viable product doesn't work in health care, medication adherence apps are mostly worthless, and the goal of reaching $100 million revenue in five years is less than realistic.
A study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society showed most patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease do not get pulmonary rehabilitation after a hospitalization. Hospitals are trying to reverse this trend, and senior author Peter Lindeauer, a hospitalist at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, said COPD readmission rates are decreasing as a result.
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