Health beat 4.12.13
Transforming Health | 04.12.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
Study: We're Closer to Idenitfying the Genes That Cause Laziness (The Atlantic)
Researchers at the University of Missouri bred rats that couldn't get enough of their exercise wheels -- and isolated the genes that appear to motivate them. If we’re able to isolate the genetic basis of laziness in humans, we may be able to better understand how to increase motivation for healthier behavior.
New Research On Red Meat And Heart Disease (Diane Rehm Show)
New research from doctors at the Cleveland Clinic discovered that a compound in red meat and supplements leads to higher risk for heart disease risk, the leading cause of death worldwide. Listen to this episode of the Diane Rehm Show to learn about the latest research on red meat and what it might mean for heart disease treatment and prevention.
Alzheimer’s disease is more common among African Americans but the genetic contributors to the disorder haven’t been identified until now. In the largest study of genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s in the African American population, researchers discovered that two genes associated with higher risk of the neurodegenerative disorder among whites also contributed to higher rates of the disease among African Americans.
Companies On The Move Look For Healthy Workers (NPR)
Companies are seeking to relocate to places where there's what some people call a culture of health. Places like Colorado, which has the lowest adult obesity rates in the country, are becoming more popular, and more cost effective, places to do business.
Rural doctors slow to adopt electronic medical records (Marketplace)
By the year 2015, the government wants every doctor to have electronic records. But high costs are preventing some doctors in rural communities to make the transition away from paper records.
When can you join a health insurance exchange? Few know. (Marketplace)
Health insurance exchanges are websites that allow people to compare and purchase insurance. The exchanges are a key part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which will require people to have insurance by the end of 2013, or face a penalty. But, a new study shows that only a fraction of people know they can sign up for a health insurance exchange in October.
“We want to make sure we do what can to inform consumers and give them the education that they need to make the right decisions,” says Laura Adams, with InsuranceQuotes.com, which compares insurance rates for consumers.
Stricter School Lunch Standards Lead To Lighter Kids (TIME)
A new study on school lunches shows that complying with federal guidelines for healthy meals at school helps children to stay leaner.
Healthcare of the Employee vs. Health of the Business: What If No One Wins? (Forbes)
This article explores just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act is for individual consumers to purchase and maintain health insurance and for small businesses.
Mapping The Human Brain (Diane Rehm show)
President Barack Obama announced a new multi-year research initiative to map the human brain in the hopes that it will eventually provide solutions to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and a range of mental illnesses. Join Diane and NIH Director Francis Collins for a discussion on mapping the human brain.
Study Identifies Four New Genetic Markers For Severe Childhood Obesity (TIME)
Unhealthy foods and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to obesity, but they don’t entirely explain weight gain. But, new research points to four new genes that could contribute to the most extreme cases of obesity in childhood.