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6/21/2018

A study in The Lancet showed that while the death rates from all causes, cancers, vascular causes, noncancer and nonvascular causes declined significantly among US adults with and without diabetes, those with diabetes had a significantly greater decrease in death rates for all causes and nonvascular, noncancer and vascular causes. Researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality files from 1985 to 2015 and found that several noncancer and nonvascular causes of death, including chronic liver disease, influenza, pneumonia, sepsis and renal disease, were significantly higher among those with diabetes.

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diabetes, chronic liver disease
6/21/2018

A bill that would give Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid and cocaine addiction greater access to treatment in certain inpatient facilities was passed by House lawmakers Wednesday. The legislation, which is part of the House's efforts to approve more than 50 opioid bills over a two-week period, partially lifts an an exclusion that prevents Medicaid from paying for mental health care at facilities with more than 16 beds.

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The Hill
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Medicaid, cocaine
6/21/2018

Stop using the term finance when referring to employee financial wellness programs because the word can be overwhelming for people, Working Credit NFP co-founder Amanda Carney told the SHRM 2018 Conference. Carney suggested helping workers establish a good credit score, and Katherine Brune of SunTrust Bank said the company emphasizes getting workers to create an emergency fund using a focus on incremental education, not on finance.

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Suntrust Bank, SHRM
6/21/2018

Employees of the software publisher SAP will have access to an app developed by digital behavioral health company Cognoa that may help them identify developmental delays in their children that could indicate autism. The app also offers resources for parents who suspect their child may have autism to work with their pediatrician.

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SAP, Cognoa
6/21/2018

Survey data from 2,000 people showed a wide range of food attitudes based on weight, with 44% of those at a healthy weight saying health and nutrition was a top concern when purchasing food, compared with a third of those who were obese. Registered dietitian nutritionist Lona Sandon said it is difficult to reverse obesity and people who have unsuccessfully tried diet and exercise may see these strategies as useless.

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HealthDay News
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Obesity
6/21/2018

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston has partnered with Billy's Sub Shop in a pilot project that allows a small number of food-insecure students to get three free meals each week. A recent survey found 44% of community college students in Massachusetts and 33% of students at four-year colleges said they went hungry because they could not afford to buy food.

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Boston Herald
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Massachusetts
6/21/2018

Legislation in the House to address opioid abuse focuses on policies for prevention and technology such as electronic prescribing that can reduce misuse of controlled substances. The US should make the "long overdue" move to electronic prescriptions that are "far more easily monitored and tracked," said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a co-chair of the House Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, during an event sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

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The Hill
6/21/2018

Employers should work with their pharmacy benefit managers and health insurers to ensure plans have strong opioid-drug management strategies, according to recommendations from the National Business Group on Health.

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FierceHealthcare
6/21/2018

Sales of prescription opioids have declined in every state except Idaho, with the most significant declines seen in states that have laws limiting prescriptions, according to Avalere.

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Axios
6/21/2018

Twenty-two of the 25 biggest drugmakers in the world mentioned pricing in lobbying disclosure forms last year, and the largest industry lobbying group spent $10 million in the first quarter of this year alone, according to a report from watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.