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10/22/2018

A California school district has specially designed two classrooms that it calls Therapeutic Learning Classrooms to support students with emotional-regulation difficulty. The spaces provide a small, more structured setting for students and supports from stress balls to a separate quiet space for students to use to manage their emotions.

10/22/2018

Researchers at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College are starting the second phase of a study intended to ease the difficulty of euthanizing a pet. The researchers have interviewed veterinarians, will now ask owners to complete surveys, and then hope to develop guidelines for improving the owner experience.

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10/22/2018

Halloween candy, including sugar-free varieties, should be kept out of pets' reach as should lighted candles, jack-o'-lanterns, and glow sticks and jewelry, according to the AVMA. Pets should be properly tagged and microchipped; pet costumes should fit without impairing vision, breathing, hearing or movement and should not include easily chewed parts; and pets should be kept indoors and given a safe place to hide, the AVMA says.

10/22/2018

Pregnant women with gestational diabetes had an improved glycemic profile that was comparable to pregnant women with normal glucose tolerance after following a Mediterranean diet-based medical nutrition therapy for three months, according to a study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. The Spanish researchers also found those with gestational diabetes were at an increased risk for insufficient weight gain, infants born small for gestational age and urinary tract infections, compared with women without the condition.

10/22/2018

The American Diabetes Association, along with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and JDRF International, will provide funding for a team of researchers at the University of Florida who will study the potency and consistency of insulin sold at retail pharmacies across the US. "Patients and their loved ones should not have to worry about whether or not the insulin at their local pharmacies will be effective. The ADA is grateful for the collaboration and support of JDRF and Helmsley to help make this research possible," said Dr. William Cefalu, the ADA's chief scientific, medical and mission officer.

10/22/2018

An artificial intelligence-based deep learning algorithm had a 97% sensitivity rating, 91.4% specificity and an area under the curve of .989 in detecting vision-threatening referable diabetic retinopathy, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated 71,043 retinal images, with a panel of 21 ophthalmologists grading each image for diabetic retinopathy severity, and found that the tool "offers [the] potential to increase the efficiency and accessibility of [diabetic retinopathy] screening programs, particularly in developing countries ... and in minority and underserved populations."

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10/22/2018

Optum's Jim Dolstad told an America's Health Insurance Plans conference that health care payers can use information on social determinants of health to predict health needs. John Lovelace of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan said that UPMC's program to find housing for homeless Medicaid recipients with high health care expenditures reduced unplanned medical costs and facility days and increased planned office visits.

10/22/2018

The health care industry must implement its own fixes to system problems instead of waiting for outside influences, health care leaders said during a forum at Modern Healthcare's Leadership Symposium. Dr. David Ansell of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said one place to start is identifying structural racism as a problem and eliminating it in leadership teams.

10/22/2018

Matthew Arsenault is taking over as Baptist Health South Florida CFO, focusing on technology to help differentiate the system from its Florida competitors. Baptist is increasing its use of an on-demand platform and sees virtual visits as a way to reduce costs.

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10/22/2018

An average health care organization spends about $6.5 million on endpoint attacks annually, with the health care industry spending $1.6 billion on such attacks each year, driven by the loss of IT, theft of information assets and loss of end-user productivity, according to a report conducted by Ponemon Institute for security company Barkly. Based on a survey of 660 IT and security professionals, researchers found that 56% of health care organizations experienced an endpoint attack in the previous year, compared with 64% of organizations across industries.

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