San Francisco-area agencies and advocates are expanding outreach services for the 7,000 to 10,000 homeless people facing potential health problems due to air quality issues related to the Camp Fire. Randy Quezada of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing said the city is adding 75 more mats and is providing water, wellness checks, masks and transportation to its shelter.
The continuing US salmonella poisoning outbreak linked to turkey makes food safety even more important this Thanksgiving. Registered dietitian nutritionist Cathy Deimeke says some big food safety risks are associated with thawing frozen turkeys, as well as ensuring the meat is cooked properly and avoiding cross-contamination from utensils and cutting boards used for meat and vegetables.
Cats' tongues have tiny, hollow, claw-shaped papillae that wick saliva into fur, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings, by a team of mechanical engineers, could lead to new cleaning methods or ways to apply medicines, says lead researcher Alexis Noel.
Diabetes patients who switched to high-deductible health plans waited an average of 1.5 months longer to seek medical care for new symptoms of diabetes-related cardiovascular complications, 3.1 months longer to seek treatment and 1.9 months longer for diagnostic tests compared with those in low-deductible plans, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers evaluated data for nearly 34,000 people and found that those who switched to higher-deductible plans had up to 53% higher out-of-pocket health costs.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that 42.5 million records compromised in health care data breaches between October 2009 and December 2017 were attributed to theft and unauthorized disclosures. Researchers from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School analyzed 1,138 health care data breaches reported to the HHS and found that internal issues with a health care entity were the cause of 53% of these incidents, while 33% were attributed to theft and only 12% to hackers.
A study from China in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation showed that adults with prediabetes and metabolic syndrome were at a significantly higher risk for major cardiovascular events, such as stroke and myocardial infarction, compared with those who had no MetS. Researchers followed 19,464 adults for an average of 10 years.
Survey data for 1,302 adults found a moderate reduction in cost-related diabetes medication nonadherence was associated with participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, compared with eligible nonparticipation. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found similar cost-related medication nonadherence decreases among subgroups who had less than $500 in out-of-pocket medical costs in the previous year and who had prescription drug coverage.
Danish researchers found that individuals on a low-gluten diet had some weight loss, reduced gastrointestinal discomfort and changes in the gut microbiome, compared with those on a high-gluten diet. The findings in Nature Communications were based on 60 healthy adults ages between 22 and 65.
The FDA is seeking comments for a proposed framework on regulating software that is used with prescription drug products. Covered apps would include apps for medication adherence, symptom tracking and patient-specific dosing, among others.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Northern Kentucky University established the Institute for Health Innovation to seek solutions for population health issues such as the opioid crisis and health care workforce challenges. "Our mission is to develop pioneering solutions to health challenges facing northern Kentucky and to drive change that directly addresses urgent unmet health needs," said institute Executive Director Valerie Hardcastle.
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