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10/23/2018

Successful cultures can become inclusive when employees are cognizant and respectful of each other's perspectives, writes Alaina Love. Training alone isn't sufficient to foster inclusion and should only "follow a robust assessment process so that it can be customized to address specific issues discovered on an individual and environmental basis," she writes.

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Alaina Love
10/23/2018

An analysis of CDC data from 1.2 million US adults found people who exercise reported fewer days of poor mental health than those who did not, and those who participated in team sports reported the fewest days of poor mental health. The findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, underscore that "very simple forms of social support can be beneficial," said Jack Raglin, a professor at the School of Public Health at Indiana University, who was not involved with the study.

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Lancet Psychiatry, CDC
10/23/2018

The Trump administration announced Monday a proposal to allow the use of health reimbursement arrangements -- through which employers give employees tax-free money to cover some health care costs -- to purchase individual insurance policies. The Affordable Care Act disallowed HRAs from being used for insurance premiums.

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10/23/2018

The CMS and the Department of Treasury unveiled new guidance easing restrictions on the Affordable Care Act's section 1332 waivers, giving states more freedom to reshape their individual insurance markets to boost competition and lower costs, according to the administration. Under the new rule, states will no longer need to pass a law to allow implementation of 1332 waivers and they could allow use of federal money to provide subsidies to consumers who buy short-term coverage.

10/23/2018

The Trump administration reportedly is working on a list of proposals to deter southern border crossings, one of which would give families a choice between staying imprisoned together or relinquishing child custody. The strategies are said to be efforts to overcome legal and political problems with the current separation policy.

10/23/2018

The average lifespan of chocolate-colored Labrador retrievers in the UK is less than 11 years, compared with 12.1 years for other Labs, and chocolate Labs are prone to obesity, ear infections and joint problems, researchers reported in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. Two dogs of the same color are required to produce chocolate Labs, thus reducing genetic diversity.

10/23/2018

Drug-resistant salmonella associated with raw chicken products has sickened at least 92 people in 29 states, according to the CDC. While the source of the outbreak has not been identified, the CDC reports that the culprit strain has been found in samples taken from raw chicken pet food and live chickens as well as chicken products meant for human consumption.

10/23/2018

Urban wildlife is nothing to fear if the right precautions are taken, such as keeping pets up to date on vaccinations and veterinary exams, avoiding contact with wild animals, keeping pet food and dishes indoors, thoroughly cooking game before eating it and never handling a carcass bare-handed, says veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald says it's important to study urban wildlife not only to preserve biodiversity but also to reduce risk.

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Westword (Denver)
10/23/2018

AWHONN is pleased to announce the launch of AWHONNtv, a brand new video channel for the association! Debuting tomorrow, October 24, AWHONNtv will be your one-stop resource for video education and programming. Tune in for recordings of AWHONN Convention sessions, messages from AWHONN leaders, interviews with AWHONN members, and more. Bookmark this page to check back often, as newer content will be added regularly.

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10/23/2018

Researchers found an association between high baseline metabolic syndrome severity Z score and individual component scores and an increased risk for incident type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The findings in Diabetes Care, based on 2,476 prediabetes patients from the Diabetes Prevention Program, revealed those in the lifestyle modification group had the greatest reduction in severity effect sizes during the first three years of follow-up, followed by the metformin and placebo groups.

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Endocrinology Advisor