Social worker Cathy Brown advises parents to speak frankly with children about the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., but to spare younger ones the more troubling details. "I think we have to remember that particularly in this day and time, if your kids aren't getting answers from you, they're going to get them from somewhere else," said Brown.
More than 800 ICD-10 code changes that were approved by the CMS and the CDC for fiscal 2017 will be implemented Oct. 1, according to a blog written by Jerris Heaton, marketing coordinator at ChartLogic. These code changes, which include 123 deleted codes, 273 revised codes and 419 added codes, will be in effect through the end of September 2018, according to Heaton.
The rate of drug overdose deaths among youths ages 15 to 19 in the US more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, with a 19% increase from 2014 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that most drug overdose deaths in 2015 were accidental and caused by opioids.
Falling insulin requirement is a clinical marker for placental dysfunction in pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Women with a FIR of 15% or higher from the peak daily dose after 20 weeks gestation were at increased risk of having placental dysfunction and preeclampsia, the study found.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that 72% of adults with type 1 diabetes and incident stroke had a vascular composite endpoint in 3.4 years of follow-up, including 32% who experienced a hard cardiovascular event, 32% who experienced a recurrent stroke and 8% who experienced multiple strokes. Finnish researchers evaluated data on 144 patients and found a steady drop in overall survival from 76% during the first year to 58% at 5 years.
Researchers studying how physical exercise affects adult language learning have found that working out can enhance the ability to retain the words learned. Two groups of college-age Chinese men and women learning English were observed, and the group that rode exercise bikes while learning words performed better on vocabulary tests than students who used rote learning techniques, according to the study in PLOS ONE.
UK and German researchers found that a breakthrough SPECT radiotracer that attaches to S100A8/A9 proteins, which are released by myeloid-derived suppressor cells, lit up the lungs of mouse models with breast cancer prior to the presence of lung tumor cells. The tracer, described in the journal Theranostics, also differentiated highly aggressive breast cancer with a high lung spread risk and tumors without metastatic potential, but further studies on a more suitable tracer for humans are needed, researchers said.
A study in Biological Psychiatry found elevated inflammatory markers in pregnant women during the first trimester were associated with an enlarged amygdala in infants and changes in amygdala connectivity. The changes to the amygdala were linked to impaired impulse control at age 2.
Normal-weight postmenopausal women who consumed higher dietary energy density had a 10% higher risk of obesity-related cancers than those with a low-DED diet, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A diet rich in energy-dense foods also was associated with higher body mass index levels and greater waist circumference in this group.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Patricia Bannan recommends clients replace salt with spices such as turmeric to aid weight loss, reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar and cholesterol. Turmeric contains the phytochemical curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but while some research suggests it has health benefits, nutrition scientist Barbara Delage says more studies on humans are needed.
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