Two faith-based foster care agencies that were found to discriminate against LGBTQ applicants will no longer be allowed to make placements, the city of Philadelphia has decided. Meanwhile, the City Council voted to investigate contracting practices by the city Department of Human Services.
Registered nurse Amanda Shelapinsky at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center trained her mother to be a volunteer cuddler in the NICU, and now she's training an entire class of cuddlers. Shelapinsky says there are many circumstances that would prevent a mother from staying with her infant, and the volunteer cuddlers fill in and help improve care.
A study in PLOS ONE showed that 31.6% of veterans with type 2 diabetes had symptoms of chronic kidney disease before receiving a diabetes diagnosis. Researchers analyzed data from 36,764 US veterans and found that an increased CKD risk is associated with higher A1C, blood pressure and body mass index, older age and peripheral artery disease.
US and French researchers who used F-18 FDG-PET/CT found that nine of 16 patients with relapsed or refractory classic Hodgkin lymphoma responded to anti-programmed death 1 antibodies, such as nivolumab or pembrolizumab, at three months, with F-18 FDG-PET/CT identifying all treatment responders and reclassifying best overall response in five individuals, compared with CT only. The findings in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine also showed five patients had new anti-PD1-related imaging patterns, prompting researchers to call for larger studies and collaboration between oncology and imaging specialists.
Calcium is an important nutrient during pregnancy for mother and child, and pregnant women need about 300 additional milligrams per day for a total of 1,300 mg, said registered dietitian Jessica Cording. Dairy is a good dietary source of calcium, but Cording said pregnant women should limit sugars in products such as ice cream and yogurt to prevent gestational diabetes.
A study in The Journal of Pediatrics showed that none of the breastfed infants who received supplemental formula milk were readmitted to the hospital, compared with four of those who received breastfeeding alone. The findings, based on 164 newborns who had a weight loss greater than the 75th percentile for their age despite being exclusively breastfed for one to three days after birth and whose mothers hadn't started mature milk production, also showed similar breastfeeding rates at one week and one month, as well as no significant differences in the intestinal microbiomes of the groups.
A study in Diabetes Care revealed that eating red meat and chicken cooked in open-flame and/or high-temperature more than 15 times per month was independently associated with a 1.28 pooled hazard ratio of type 2 diabetes, compared with those who consumed grilled food less than four times monthly. Researchers used a cohort of 138,240 US adults who ate more than two servings of animal meat every week and found a 1.20 pooled hazard ratio for type 2 diabetes when comparing the extreme quartiles of doneness-weighted frequency of high-temperature cooking.
A team of University of Michigan researchers counted the total number of health care providers in counties of different health status levels and income and found that around 50% more nurse practitioners were available in counties with the lowest health status level, compared with the healthiest counties. The findings, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also showed there were 15% fewer NPs in the highest-income areas compared with the lowest-income areas.
Responding to long waits by foster families for state approval and funding, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a temporary measure allowing payments before approval. New state child welfare laws call for approval within 90 days, but many foster parents and relative caregivers have faced delays well beyond that span.
Two graduate students in the Illinois State University School of Social Work distribute the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to drug users as part of an initiative spurred by tragedy. Karen Cassidy and a classmate created Project Emily in honor of her friend Emily O'Connell, who died from a heroin and fentanyl overdose.
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