CDC researchers found that Alzheimer's disease mortality rates in the US rose by 54.5% between 1999 and 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that the rates of Alzheimer's patients who died in medical facilities dropped from 14.7% in 1999 to 6.6% in 2014, and the rate of those who died at home rose from 13.9% to 24.9% during the same period.
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Republican leadership staff and committee staff will be drafting health care legislation while the Senate is on break, and Johnson said a discussion draft should be ready for distribution among Republican senators after the recess. The staff will only be working on base language as senators have yet to reach final agreement, Cornyn noted.
It is easy for companies to allow exempt employees to take time during the work day to exercise because they can make it up by staying late or coming in early. But legal experts say providing paid exercise time for hourly employees is more complex, and companies need a policy that covers how the benefit is implemented.
CBRE has banned employees from eating at their desks in their downtown Toronto office in an effort to promote better physical and mental well-being. The company opened the RISE Cafe, a wide open space for eating, and Ashley O'Neill, vice president of corporate strategy, said after eight months employees have embraced the change and are taking time to gather for meals and share ideas.
A study in the Journal of Personalized Medicine showed six of seven wearable tracking devices tested had a median heart rate error below 5%, which is the acceptable limit, but none had an error rate less than 20% for energy expenditure. Researchers suggested the higher error rates for energy expenditure may be because proprietary algorithms used in the devices do not work well on an individual basis.
Researchers reviewed 19 clinical trials and found insufficient evidence supporting the efficacy of dietary approaches such as gluten-free food or fish oil supplements for treating children with autism spectrum disorders. The findings in Pediatrics should prompt larger and more rigorous studies on the benefits of such diet changes in youths with ASD, said researcher Zachary Warren.
More than 40 US colleges and universities will participate in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, working to reduce purchases of red meat and increase fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein dishes by the end of this summer. The schools also will use their dining halls as labs, experimenting with ways to help students make healthy, sustainable food choices.
Health experts warn that people can get the parasitic infection anisakiasis from eating raw fish or squid with infected larvae, and dietitians say it may be best to avoid raw fish altogether. Registered dietitian nutritionist Lauri Wright says raw fish are not more nutritious than cooked fish and RD Katie Ferraro says raw and undercooked fish and shellfish are common threads seen in foodborne illnesses.
Registered dietitian Jae Berman uses a simple 9-step exercise involving a raisin to teach mindful eating, and says it can change a person's relationship with the fruit as well as their eating patterns. She says the concept can be a diet tool people use throughout the day to manage portions and food choices, as well as to slow down the eating process.
School social workers' jobs have become increasingly challenging due to the rise in childhood trauma, social worker Mary Abbott writes. "So many students have experienced multiple traumas, which in large numbers can significantly impact children's brain development and their ability to cope and manage their feelings."