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Doctors Rarely Advice Patients about Healthy Lifestyle Changes

 

Too rarely do doctors give their patients advice about healthy lifestyle changes. A statistical analysis of US health data conducted by MedUni Vienna researchers together with international partners has shown that people suffering from obesity, diabetes and other high-risk conditions are much too rarely encouraged to eat more healthily and to take more exercise. In terms of prevention, much more emphasis should be placed on this.

 

Nurse Denied Life Insurance As She Carries Naloxone

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs.

Four Dried Fruits Have Lower Glycemic Index Than Starchy Foods

Study suggests there's potential for food manufacturers to develop low GI foods with reformulations that include dried fruit. People with diabetes and followers of diets based on the glycemic index (GI) can enjoy dried fruits knowing they do not cause a blood sugar spike compared to starchy foods such as white bread, suggests a study published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.

Dietary Supplement Use among U.S. Children

This analysis characterizes the use of dietary supplements (DS) and motivations for DS use among US children (≤18 years) by family income level, food security status, and federal nutrition assistance program using the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. About one-third (32%) of children used DS, mostly multivitamin-minerals (MVM, 24%).

Healthcare Coalition Proposes Ways to Combat Drug Shortages

A coalition of healthcare groups issued a series of recommendations last week to address the ongoing shortages of critical medications across the country. Among the groups that formulated the recommendations are the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).