Research in the Annals of Internal Medicine found people with a normal BMI but central obesity had a 22% higher risk of early death, and those with a BMI in the obesity range had a 13% increased risk, compared with people who stored fat in other areas of the body. Data showed having central obesity increased the risk of heart-related death by 25% among people with a normal BMI, 26% for those who were overweight and 56% for people with a BMI in the obese range.
Farms in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and Michigan may be affected by reports of the fungus that causes vomitoxin in large amounts of corn intended for livestock use. The affected corn was harvested amid heavy rains in 2016 and stored in a way that promoted proliferation of the fungus, which can sicken livestock and humans.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Republican colleagues that he will bring the modified GOP health care bill back to the House only when he is certain it will get enough votes to pass, making it unlikely that the bill will come to a vote this week as Congress focuses on a funding bill to prevent a government shutdown. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., proposed an amendment to the legislation that would allow state waivers for a variety of Affordable Care Act provisions, and the modification is expected to garner support from a number of GOP lawmakers who did not endorse the earlier legislation.
Women who were overweight or obese and struggled to exercise improved their blood glucose levels 45 minutes after being treated with electroacupuncture, according to a study in the FASEB Journal. Swedish researchers found that electroacupuncture activates the sympathetic and partly the parasympathetic nervous systems, which increases whole-body glucose uptake.
Higher levels of total fat and trunk fat in adults without diabetes were linked to a greater risk of having an A1C in the prediabetes range, according to a study in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers said the association was not as consistent for people who already had diabetes.
Obese postmenopausal women with a sedentary lifestyle who adopted a calorie-restricted diet for six months saw improved body composition and fat distribution, researchers reported in the journal Menopause. The study found 12 of 20 women with metabolic syndrome at baseline no longer had the condition but six out of 53 women who did not have metabolic syndrome at the start developed it by the end of the intervention.
Nineteen states are home to micro-hospitals, which typically range from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet with eight to ten hospital beds for short stays and a suite of services tailored to the needs of the local community. Advantages include shorter wait times, shorter stays and improved access to some care, but critics warn that the facilities may lack certain diagnostic or treatment capabilities and offer fewer opportunities for doctors to become proficient at less common procedures.
Women with hepatitis B who took the antiviral drug tenofovir in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had 77% lower rates of transmission of the virus to infants, researchers reported in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. The analysis was based on data from 10 studies involving 733 women.
CardioNet, a wireless health services provider in Pennsylvania, agreed to pay $2.5 million to HHS to settle a HIPAA violation after it reported in January 2012 that a laptop containing 1,391 patients' data was stolen from an employee's vehicle. An HHS investigation found the provider did not have adequate risk analysis and management processes and had not implemented its HIPAA Security Rule procedures and policies, which were in draft form.
An unencrypted laptop that was not password-protected was stolen from a Lifespan employee's car on Feb. 25, possibly compromising the personal information of about 20,000 patients, including their names, medical record numbers, prescriptions and demographic information. Lifespan notified the affected individuals and said there was no evidence the data were accessed or used.
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