Worker Contribution to Health Benefits Up in 2017

In 2017, health benefits coverage remained stable, while workers faced considerable variation in costs, according to Health Affairs. Average annual premiums (employer and worker contributions combined) rose 4% for single coverage, to $6,690, and 3% for family coverage, to $18,764.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
APOE Allele Type Tied to Mortality Risk

(HealthDay News) The apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele increases the risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, while the APOE ε2 allele decreases the risk, research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds. “Gaining better mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the APOE alleles and overall and cardiovascular mortality might … make possible more-translational approaches to decrease mortality and increase lifespan,” the authors write.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 GERIATRICS
Bicycling ‘Overloads’ Movement Networks With Parkinson’s

Bicycling suppresses abnormal beta synchrony in the Parkinsonian basal ganglia, research in the Annals of Neurology finds. Researchers compared bicycling and walking in Parkinson’s disease patients. They found that, in patients without freezing gait, both bicycling and walking led to suppression of subthalamic beta power, and this suppression was stronger for bicycling. For those with freezing gait, a similar pattern was observed. However, a movement-induced, narrowband power increase around 18 Hz was evident even in the absence of freezing.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Sleep Deprivation a Serious Threat to Health: Expert

The current levels of sleep deprivation are a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic,” causing harm to your biology, sleep expert Matthew Walker told The Guardian. Long commutes, increased melding of work and personal time, electric lights, and too much time in front of televisions and computers contribute to sleep deprivation, defined as less than seven hours of sleep a night. A lack of sleep has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and poor mental health.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Fasting Blood Glucose Trajectory May Predict Future MI

(HealthDay News) For individuals without diabetes, certain fasting blood glucose (FBG) trajectories are associated with the risk of future myocardial infarction (MI), research in Diabetes Care suggests. In a prospective cohort study involving 68,297 participants, the authors measured FBG concentrations over four years. Cumulative average and increasing rate of FBG, but not a single baseline FBG, predicted future MI risk.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 FAMILY PRACTICE
Serum Cystatin C Predicts Mortality With Cirrhotic Ascites

Serum cystatin C level is an excellent predictor of mortality in patients with cirrhotic ascites, research in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests. Researchers prospectively enrolled 350 patients with cirrhotic ascites to evaluate the prognostic efficacy of serum cystatin C level and found international normalized ratio (INR) and serum bilirubin, sodium, and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of mortality; INR and serum sodium and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of development of type 1 hepatorenal syndrome.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS