A study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting showed the phenols in cinnamon may interact with the protein Sirt-1, which is involved in insulin regulation. That may help explain earlier study results showing people with type 2 diabetes who took cinnamon supplements had greater reductions in blood glucose levels than those who took a placebo.
Physical activity may be a risk reduction factor for heart failure in adults, including for those who are obese, researchers said. Their study in the journal JACC: Heart Failure showed that compared with people who followed recommended exercise guidelines, those who did not exercise had a 39% higher risk of heart damage.
A Nevada school district's Menu Concept Expo allowed students to taste-test 20 food items and provide feedback, which registered dietitian Lori Hayon said would be used in determining menu choices for the next school year. Hayon said the biggest challenge is coming up with recipes that comply with federal nutrition guidelines, but the Nevada school district gets help from culinary chefs and their students to help make healthy recipes taste better.
A study in the journal Work and Occupations linked workplace autonomy with greater employee well-being and job satisfaction. The survey showed men and women valued different aspects of autonomy, such as flexible scheduling and pace of work.
Sixty firefighters are participating in a seven-month training program through the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters to learn how to help their peers with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, gambling and financial stress. The wellness model being used was developed by veteran firefighter Scott Robinson, who said he had emotional struggles after responding to a nightclub fire.
Italian researchers found that complete response from ABVD chemotherapy was the best independent predictor of survival among patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who developed Hodgkin lymphoma, with those achieving a complete response having a median survival of 17 years, compared with only seven months for those who didn't. The findings in the American Journal of Hematology should prompt the use of PET/CT imaging and biopsies of positive lymph nodes to improve treatment in patients with advanced disease, said researcher Dr. Francesca Romana Mauro.
A Technavio report predicts the worldwide market for medical imaging software will be worth more than $4.8 billion by 2021, with a 7% compound annual growth rate. Market growth will be driven by successful research and development, increased disease prevalence, an aging population and continued technological improvements, according to the report.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals is set to present clinical trial data for its technetium-99m-tilmanocept radiopharmaceutical in diagnosing aortic plaques and rheumatoid arthritis at the SNMMI Annual Meeting.
A study conducted by consulting firm Visante found no link between rebates paid to pharmacy benefit managers and rising drug prices. "This study debunks the notion that the prices drugmakers set are contingent on the rebates they negotiate with PBMs. Ironically, many higher priced drugs involve little or no such rebates," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., says an Affordable Care Act replacement bill under development would cut Medicaid too much and would make health insurance unaffordable for too many people.