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Study: Wraparound services reduce health costs, improve outcomes

Study: Wraparound services reduce health costs, improve outcomes

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Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Providing nonmedical services in conjunction with primary care -- known as wraparound services -- resulted in a reduction in the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to a study of one system. Researchers studied the effects of a large urban safety-net health provider that also included on-site dietetics and social work: Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. The findings were published in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs. Providers have been turning to nonmedical services to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare spending as "U.S. reimbursement policies are increasingly holding providers financially accountable for patients' health," said the authors, who were affiliated with the health provider as well as Indiana Univers...
7 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

7 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

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These nutritional all-stars can help improve your immunity, blood pressure, and more. A lot of people ask me if sweet potatoes are actually that good for you, which isn't surprising considering their very name suggests they’re sugar-and-starch bombs! But as a nutritionist, I give the root veggie two thumbs way up. I enjoy eating sweet potatoes all year long, and in the fall, they become particularly appealing—as a hearty side dish, and an ingredient in everything from soups and stews to pies and other desserts. The colorful gems offer some pretty impressive health perks. Here are six benefits of sweet potatoes, along with some simple ways to he...
Some drugs, supplements taken together can pose health risk

Some drugs, supplements taken together can pose health risk

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Sept. 25 (UPI) -- People who use certain over-the-counter herbal medicines and dietary supplements concurrently with prescription drugs could open themselves up to serious health risks, especially among older adults, according to a study. Researchers in Britain found some drugs' effectiveness was reduced and that new medical problems could be caused with some combinations in a study published Monday in the British Journal of General Practice. They report that blood pressure treatments, statins and aspirin are affected, and there is increased blood glucose concentration and risk of bleeding. They also found the body's reduced ability to absorb prescription drugs associated with aging. Researchers found 32.6 percent of the participants were at risk of potential adverse drug interactions. S...
6 Health Benefits of Mangoes

6 Health Benefits of Mangoes

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Luscious and sweet, mango is known as the "the king of fruit." Biting into the tropical fruit can feel like pure bliss, so much so that you may wonder if something so delicious and decadent can actually be good for you. The answer is a resounding "yes." Although they're high in sugar (one cup contains about 25 grams of carb and 100 calories), mangoes offer some pretty impressive perks. Here are five benefits of mango, along with some simple ways to enjoy the juicy gem. Mangoes may protect against cancer The fruit packs over a dozen types of polyphenols. These plant compounds have antioxidant activity that shields cells from the DNA damage that can lead to degenerative diseases, including type 2 diabetes and...
England facing 'changing health needs'

England facing 'changing health needs'

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England is facing changing health demands due to an ageing population and the NHS must quickly adapt, says Public Health England. It has compiled what it calls "the most comprehensive picture" of the nation's current health and future fitness. It shows England's population is growing in size and people are living longer but not all in good health.While smoking rates may be decreasing, diabetes, obesity, dementia and mental health issues are on the rise.How fit is England?The Health Profile for England report shows average life expectancy has reached 79.6 years for men and 83.2 for women. In 2017, there were 1.35 million people aged 85 and over in England - nearly three times more than in 1971.By 2031, it could exceed two million, says Public Health Englan...