CDC Recognizes Digital Health Platforms for Diabetes Prevention

CDC Recognizes Digital Health Platforms for Diabetes Prevention

In the 21st century, people are increasingly familiar and comfortable with online communities and communicating via the internet. Now there is evidence a chronic health condition – type 2 diabetes – may be prevented with help from digital health platforms using virtual coaching and monitoring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes in the US has reached epidemic proportions. Over 29 million Americans have the disease and the majority has type 2 diabetes. Previously called adult-onset diabetes, this form is associated with being overweight and sedentary and health experts say the condition can often be avoided with lifestyle changes. Successfully preventing many cases of type 2 diabetes would have enormous consequences, both for individuals and for the economy. The American Diabetes Association reports that the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes is $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced …

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The Scary Truth About Your Cell Phone and Driving

The Scary Truth About Your Cell Phone And Driving

You’ve heard about accidents that happened when a driver was distracted by texting or talking away on a cell phone. But you may be convinced this could never happen to you because you are great at multitasking on your phone while watching the road. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), that can be a dangerous assumption. Researchers have found drivers are 4 times more likely to have a wreck if they are talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones. In fact, the NSC estimates that people who use cell phones while driving are involved in 21% of all U.S. traffic crashes. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tracked real-time behaviors of more than 3,500 drivers for 3 years with radar, sensors and video cameras to learn which distractions were more dangerous than others. The results of the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found …

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Experts Recommend Against “Preventive” Stroke Screenings

Experts Recommend Against “Preventive” Stroke Screenings

Centers for Disease (CDC) statistics show that more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and almost 130,000 of them die as a result. In addition to the personal suffering caused by the condition, stroke exacts a huge financial toll, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $36.5 billion annually due to health care services, medications to treat stroke, and missed days of work. The vast majority of strokes, around 87%, are ischemic – which means they result from an obstruction within a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. So it seems logical that if preventive measures can be taken to stop ischemic strokes before they happen, the benefits could be enormous. To that end, tests known as carotid artery scans have been developed in order to hopefully identify those at risk for ischemic strokes that originate from plaque-clogged carotid arteries in the neck, …

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