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January 2017 In The Loop – New Home Health CMS Rules, Cold Weather & Flu, Kids & Sugar Drink Consumption, Chemicals in Household Products & Much More!

January 2017 In The Loop – New Home Health CMS Rules, Cold Weather & Flu, Kids & Sugar Drink Consumption, Chemicals in Household Products & Much More!

Top Health Updates:

You’re more likely to catch flu after a cold snap, study says

It turns out, seasonal flu outbreaks first appear each year about a week after the winter’s first cold spell — or at least that’s what happened in Sweden, over the course of three years when researchers tracked weather patterns and the prevalence… – Read More

Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, for Health Spending Increases

American life spans are rising, and as they are, health care spending is, too. But longevity is not contributing to the spending increase as much as you might think… – Read More

 “Pushing the Limits”: Rethinking motor & cognitive resources after a highly challenging balance training program for Parkinson Disease

There is growing evidence for the positive effects of exercise training programs on balance control in Parkinson disease (PD). To be effective, balance training needs to be specific, progressive, and… – Read More 

 Banned antimicrobial chemicals found in many household products

This year marks 20 years since Hasbro was fined for false advertising, claiming their Playskool toys laden with the antimicrobial chemical triclosan would keep kids healthier. It is also the year when soap manufacturers will finally have to remove the chemical from their products... – Read More

Deep Brain Stimulation studies in Alzheimer’s disease pose ethical challenges

Promising, early studies of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease have paved a path for future clinical trials, but… – Read More 

Home health agencies face new CMS rules for participation starting July 13

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) brought its home health participation rule out of the 1990s by issuing its first revision to the rule in more than 20 years. The new rule, set to go into effect July 13, 2017… – Read More 

Study of 1 hospital finds nearly 16% of scheduled physical therapy sessions don’t happen

Researchers who tracked a hospital found that, on average, more than 15%–and as many as 1in 3–hospital physical therapy sessions never… Read More 

Study: 30% of kids have two or more sugary drinks a day

A new study sheds light on just how many calories and added sugars children are drinking. Almost two-thirds of children in the United States consumed at least one sugary beverage on any given day — and roughly… Read More

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