Food as medicine pilot program under way

California is the first state to pilot a program to explore whether providing food tailored to the specific nutritional needs of chronic disease sufferers can reduce health care costs and reverse some conditions.   Researchers from the University of California/San Francisco and Stanford University are conducting a three-year study to see if providing healthy meals to 1,000 Medi-Cal patients with congestive heart failure or Type 2 diabetes reduces hospital readmission rates and referrals to long-term…
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Rayfield Byrd knows when it’s time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. Except Byrd lives alone. A little after 8 a.m. each day, a small yellow robot named Mabu asks Byrd how he’s doing. Byrd has Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure, and about three years ago, he had surgery to implant a microvalve in his heart to keep his blood flowing properly. To stay healthy, he takes four medications a day and needs to exercise regularly. To make sure his heart is still pumping effectively, his doctor needs to stay on to...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence Life Reinvented medicine Source Type: news
When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe, and he ended up spending a month in the hospital to recover. Shicowich lost his toe because of complications of Type 2 diabetes as he struggled to keep his blood sugar under control. He wa...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized health Nutrition Source Type: news
This study aimed to separately estimate health utility decrements associated with current and previous diabetes complications.Research Design and MethodsThe Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI-3) was used to measure heath utility in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial (N = 8713). Five macrovascular complications (myocardial infarction [MI], congestive heart failure [CHF], stroke, angina, and revascularization surgery [RS]) and three microvascular complications (nephropathy [renal failure], retinopathy [severe vision loss], and neuropathy [severe pressure sensat ion loss]) were ...
Source: PharmacoEconomics - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
This study investigated the CHA2DS2-VASc score to stratify patients with cardiovascular diseases receiving a fourth-generation synchronous telehealth program. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study. We recruited patients with cardiovascular disease who received the fourth-generation synchronous telehealth program at the National Taiwan University Hospital between October 2012 and June 2015. We enrolled 431 patients who had joined a telehealth program and compared them to 1549 control patients. Risk of cardiovascular hospitalization was estimated with Kaplan-Meier curves. The CHA2DS2-VASc score was used as the compo...
Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (AGI) reduce blood glucose levels and may thus prevent or delay type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its associated complications in people at risk of developing of T2DM. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of AGI in people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), impaired fasting blood glucose (IFG), moderately elevated glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) or any combination of these. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, ClinicalTrials.gov, the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, and the reference lists ...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
Conclusion: In line with prior studies, 28% of MM patients treated with K at our institution developed an ACVE, with 9% grade 3 or above. Use of CCB and AA were particularly associated with increased risk of ACVE, while use of ACE/ARB were not. ASCVD score ≥7.5% was associated with an increased incidence of ≥grade 3 ACVE in K-treated patients and should perhaps be evaluated as a predictive tool in prospective studies.DisclosuresSiegel: Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Janssen: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Takeda: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Novartis: Honorar...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 653. Myeloma: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster II Source Type: research
ConclusionsPhysicians should pay more attention to manageable risk factors of ischemic stroke when diabetic patients suffer from ocular motor CN palsies.
Source: Journal of Diabetes - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
AbstractAims/hypothesisN-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is the gold standard prognostic biomarker for diagnosis and occurrence of heart failure. Here, we compared its prognostic value for the occurrence of congestive heart failure with that of plasma mid-region pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM), a surrogate for adrenomedullin, a vasoactive peptide with vasodilator and natriuretic properties, in people with type 2 diabetes.MethodsPlasma MR-proADM concentration was measured in baseline samples of a hospital-based cohort of consecutively recruited participants with type 2 diabetes. Our primary endpoint was h...
Source: Diabetologia - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study confirms the high prevalence of CKD in patients with multiple comorbidities: T2D and CVD. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of CKD categories based on KDIGO 2012 classification for US adults with T2D.
Source: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Authors: Al-Khadra Y, Darmoch F, Alkhatib M, Baibars M, Alraies MC Abstract Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a known risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF) that is principally driven by left atrial enlargement. The impact of hypoventilation caused by obesity-induced hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) on left atrial diameter has not been examined. We investigated the association between OHS and left atrial diameter in obese patients. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 210 consecutive medical records of patients diagnosed as obese (body mass index [BMI]>30 kg/m2) and as having OHS and OS...
Source: Ochsner Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ochsner J Source Type: research
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