Volume VI, Issue 30

July 29, 2019
Americans Are Not Getting the Message about Exercising More and Sitting Less
Alice Park reports for TIME on 7.26.19:  
Doctors and public health officials have been urging Americans to get more active and try to exercise at least 150 minutes per week at a moderate level, or 75 minutes weekly at a vigorous level. Even if you can't fit in that much activity, studies show that any exercise is better than none when it comes to health benefits like lowering risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. But have all of these messages had an effect? That's what researchers led by Dr. Wei Bao, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, wanted to find out in a recent study. 
"We hoped the guidelines [in 2008] would be something that gave people a new message about recognizing the importance of being more physically active," says Bao. "But it turned out that there wasn't much change. And we found a clear increase in the sitting time. This means we need to be more aggressive in finding ways to provide people opportunities to sit less."
It's essential that the population understands that the best method is to start slowly and the goal is to sustain a level of exercise that will produce positive health outcomes, according to Eneida O. Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA. "One cannot expect someone to start exercising if they have not done so as part of their routine," she states. "So, let's start by standing instead of sitting; climbing steps instead of <riding> elevators; reducing saturated fats in our diet; and increasing water intake," she adds. Dr. Roldan is the CEO of FIU Health Care Network in Miami. She is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. "The key is to sustain the behavior, not attempt absolutes that will not be effective in the long run."
Juul tactics exposed; repercussions could be far reaching    
Darryl Coote reports for   UPI on 7.26.19:
 A House subcommittee has accused Juul Labs of deliberately targeting children as young as eight in its push to become the nation's leading e-cigarette maker. In the documents -- submitted Thursday by Democratic Members of the House oversight committee's panel on economic and consumer policy, as part of an investigation into Juul's advertising practices -- the committee accused the company of having "deployed a sophisticated program to enter schools and convey its messaging directly to teenage children."
On the same day ( 7.26.19), Gizmodo published this story: Teens in Wisconsin Are Being Diagnosed With Severe Lung Damage that May Be Linked to Vaping.
CVS to test knee replacement program for Aetna beneficiaries
Rebecca Pifer reports in a July 23, 2019 post at Healthcare Dive:

CVS Health will trial a coordinated care pilot for knee replacements in Aetna beneficiaries later this summer, CVS CEO Larry Merlo said at a Medicare Advantage conference in Washington on Tuesday. In the pilot, pre- and post-operative care for Aetna MA and commercial members undergoing a knee replacement procedure will be managed by a clinical team in the home, at CVS pharmacy locations and via telehealth. The trial is the first in a series of initiatives CVS and its payer arm Aetna are working on, Merlo said, and will be available for as many patients as possible according to a spokesperson.
According to Ms. Pifer:
As CVS Health jockeys with Amazon and more traditional rivals like Walgreens, the retail pharmacy giant is looking to leverage two of its biggest assets going into the second half of the year - 10,000 brick and mortar locations and reams of claims data from its merger with Aetna. The model aims to cut costs by reducing hospital readmissions amid a broader push to move care outside the hospital setting.



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