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10/15/2018

The CMS announced Friday that Medicare Part B monthly premiums will increase from $134 this year to $135.50 in 2019 for those with annual income of $85,000 or less, while those with higher incomes will pay more. The annual deductible will increase by $2 to $185 for Part B recipients and by $24 to $1,364 for Part A beneficiaries. Open enrollment starts today.

10/15/2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar today is set to deliver a speech addressing the administration's efforts to reduce drug prices, and sources say a rule requiring pharmaceutical firms to include drug pricing information in advertisements could be part of the plan. Drugmakers are opposed to the idea, saying it would deter patients from obtaining necessary care and raise legal issues.

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10/15/2018

Fewer adolescent girls in Canada reported having sexual intercourse before age 14 after the introduction of human papillomavirus vaccination in 2008, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The findings, based on 2003, 2008 and 2013 survey data involving nearly 300,000 7th- to 12th-grade girls, also showed increased use of contraception and condoms, reduced pregnancy rates and lower likelihood of alcohol and drug use after HPV vaccine introduction.

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10/15/2018

Green tea, kefir, lemon water or a smoothie can be healthy alternatives to coffee in the morning, nutrition experts say. Registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin says tea has less caffeine and more antioxidants than coffee, and RD Dawn Jackson-Blatner says kefir can help people with gastrointestinal issues such as bloating.

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Medical Daily
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bloating, caffeine
10/15/2018

Overland Park, Kan., tops WalletHub's ranking of the best-to-worst American cities for people with disabilities, as it has for the past four years. The personal finance website assessed more than 180 communities on 31 criteria, including wheelchair accessibility, employment rate and health care cost and availability.

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10/15/2018

A study in Diabetes Care showed a 24% increased risk for type 2 diabetes for every one standard deviation increase in fasting plasma glucose coefficient of variation. Researchers evaluated data from the Korean National Health Insurance System involving 131,744 people without diabetes at baseline and found that older males who completed little physical activity, had a higher incidence of dyslipidemia and hypertension, drank alcohol and smoked had greater variation of fasting plasma glucose levels.

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Endocrinology Advisor
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10/15/2018

Adults with type 1 diabetes who used inhaled insulin had less time spent in hypoglycemia and a lower glucose standard deviation at four weeks, compared with those on insulin aspart, according to a study in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. Researchers recruited 60 diabetes patients and found those in the inhaled insulin group also lost more weight.

10/15/2018

A study presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research's annual meeting found that men with type 2 diabetes had higher advanced glycation end-product content in the cortical bone of the femoral neck, which is associated with reduced bone strength, compared with those without diabetes. Researchers analyzed 65 men with and without diabetes and found no association between AGE content and A1C levels, but increased AGE content correlated with lower initiation toughness.

10/15/2018

A device that uses Raman spectroscopy to measure blood glucose levels through the skin by producing a "molecular fingerprint" has been developed by researchers from MIT and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. They conducted a study with individuals without diabetes and found that the device and a finger prick test had similar efficacy in assessing blood glucose levels.

10/15/2018

More small businesses in Long Island, N.Y., are following the national trend of offering employee health benefits as a way to recruit and retain talent in a tight labor market. K&M Truck Repair was able to recruit workers after offering company-paid long-term disability and life insurance, as well as fully paid health and dental insurance for employees.