The CCM program is a welcome recognition that patients with complex needs require more attention than others. Investing in such programs, and doing so in ways that enable practitioners to provide such care in meaningful and sustainable ways, holds the promise of improving outcomes while cutting long-term healthcare costs.
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In its Well Section, the New York Times (6/7, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports on a study showing “People who regularly run or walk briskly appear to have healthier discs in their spines than people who do not exercise.” The findings were published in Scientific Reports.
At least 372 people in the US, 36% of them children, were diagnosed with salmonella infections linked to backyard chickens, ducks and geese from Jan. 4 to May 3, according to the CDC, and the actual number of infections is likely significantly higher. That follows a record 895 human infections last year as backyard bird ownership gains popularity, and CDC veterinarian Megin Nichols urges people to learn more about safe handling guidelines, including not allowing fowl inside the home, washing hands after handling birds or their food and water dishes, and closely supervising children around birds.
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Reuters (6/1, Crist) reports that research suggests “women who breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months may also be lowering their own risk of developing endometrial cancer.” Investigators found, “in the analysis of data from 17 past studies…that women who had ever breastfed their children were 11 percent less likely than women who had children but didn’t breastfeed to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer.” The data indicated “longer breastfeeding seemed to further lower endometrial cancer risk, though there was little extra benefit past 6-9 months of breastfeeding.” The findings were published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The New York Times (5/22, Saint Louis, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics is “advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think.” The AAP has “toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year.” Meanwhile, the new report, published online in Pediatrics, also “advised restricting fruit juice to four ounces daily for 1- to 3-year-olds, and six ounces a day for 4- to 6-year-olds.”
The NPR (5/22, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports Steven Abrams, an author of the guidelines, says, “We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children.”