House Republicans unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that would slash Medicare spending by $537 billion and funding for Medicaid and other health care programs by $1.5 trillion. The proposal would also fast-track a reconciliation process that would allow Senate lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act with only 50 votes.
The Labor Department issued a final rule that will make it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to join together to purchase cheaper association health plans that skirt some Affordable Care Act requirements. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta said the new plans "will offer more health care coverage options at a better price," but a recent Avalere Health analysis showed expansion of association health plans would cause 3.2 million people to leave the ACA markets by 2022 and raise premiums for those still in the individual market by 3.5%.
A study in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science showed a direct association between diabetes or higher long-term hyperglycemia and higher intraocular pressure that is not mediated by central corneal thickness, which could increase an individual's risk of glaucoma. Singaporean researchers used a cohort of 2,524 diabetes patients and found a consistent association between IOP elevation and diabetes or high A1C levels and between diabetes and shorter axial length and thicker CCT.
Individuals with obesity who were on the 16:8 diet had lower blood pressure, lost 3% of their body weight and consumed 350 fewer calories than those on an alternate day fasting diet, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging. Researchers based their findings on 23 obese study participants with a mean age of 45 and average body mass index of 35.
Aetna polled 1,000 consumers ages 18 and older and found those ages 18 to 34 use digital health tools more often and more view virtual office visits as valuable, compared with consumers older than 65. When asked about patients' top concerns, 80% of respondents cited privacy, followed by data security at 76% and cost of care at 73%.
Medtronic and Nutrino have partnered to integrate the latter's AI-powered nutrition program, FoodPrint Report technology, into Medtronic's iPro2 myLog continuous glucose monitoring app to provide insights into users' diet, their reactions to various foods, and the link between meals and glucose variability. The groups may extend the collaboration to incorporate data and insights from Nutrino's platform into all of Medtronic's Diabetes Group businesses.
Children coming to the US to seek asylum are being separated from their families, and nurses are outraged and want the practice to end, ANA President Pamela Cipriano said in this interview. Children "are coming to our borders expecting to be welcomed, and instead are being taken away, separated from their parents, the only security and people that they know and they love, where they feel safe. And that is just anathema to everything that we believe in," Cipriano said.
Researchers analyzed three decades of data from over 32,000 female US nurses and found that early risers were between 12% and 27% less likely to develop depression compared with people who were neither early risers nor night owls, according to a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Future studies could look at the impact of sun exposure, a researcher said.
Female infants and those weighing more than 500 grams who were born at 23 weeks' gestation had increased odds of receiving active resuscitation and being admitted to the NICU, compared with males and those who weighed less than 500 grams, Australian researchers reported in Pediatrics. However, the findings showed that no particular demographic factor was associated with the decision of proceeding with aggressive medical management among those who were born at 24 weeks' and 25 weeks' gestation.
Infants whose fathers filled prescriptions for antidepressants at conception and afterward didn't have a higher likelihood of premature birth, birth defects, autism or intellectual disability, after controlling for psychiatric disease history and maternal and paternal age, researchers reported in The BMJ. The findings were based on data from 170,508 children in Sweden.
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