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Stretching Your Legs May Help Prevent Diseases Such As Heart Diseases, Stroke And Diabetes
New research published in The Journal of Physiology shows that 12 weeks of easy-to-administer passive stretching helps improve blood flow by making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness.
Passive stretching differs from active stretching in that the former involves an external force (another person or gravity) stretching you, whereas active stretching is performed on your own. The changes they observed in blood vessels could have implications for diseases, including the number one global killer, heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Milan assigned 39 healthy participants of both sexes to two groups. The control group didn’t undergo any stretching. The experimental group performed leg stretches 5 times a week for 12 weeks.
Researchers evaluated the effect of passive stretching on the blood flow locally and in the upper arm. They found that the
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ASCP to Collaborate with ASCLS and ASM in Choosing Wisely Campaign
By request from the ABIM Foundation, ASCP has collaborated in working with the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) as they participate in the Choosing Wisely initiative.
The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the ABIM Foundation in 2012, aims to reduce test overuse and encourage clinicians and patients to question which tests are really necessary.
The ASCLS released its first set of recommendations, reviewed by ASCP, of which laboratory tests should be questioned.
Do not order a factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation assay as the initial test to identify a congenital cause for a thrombotic event. First, order a phenotypic activated protein C resistance (APCR) ratio assay.
Do not use herpes simplex virus (HSV) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for genital HSV infection screening in adults and adolescents. Real-time
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Health Care Organizations Issue Joint Framework to Increase Utilization of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
Seven leading diabetes organizations issued a consensus report today highlighting the value of diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services as part of comprehensive diabetes medical care. The report provides compelling evidence for the need for increased utilization of DSMES, four key times that DSMES is most beneficial, and specific recommendations for both clinicians and health systems to increase access to and participation in DSMES services.
“Evidence shows that DSMES can improve outcomes for people with diabetes, reduce costs to the health care system and slow an epidemic that continues to impact nearly one-third of Americans. We must make this service available to every single person with diabetes through a collaborative approach with payers, health systems, providers and the diabetes care team,” said Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, presi
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American Nurses Association Joins Letter Urging Public to Wear Masks to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
The American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and ANA issued an open-call-to-action urging the public to take the steps that we know to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. This includes wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands.
An open letter to the American public,
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have urged the American people to protect themselves, their neighbors and their loved ones amidst the worst global health crisis in generations. After months of physical distancing and staying at home, infections and deaths began to decline.
But in the weeks since states began reopening, some of the steps that were critical to the progress we made were too quickly abandoned. And we are now watching in real-time as a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases is erasing our hard-won gains. Hospitals in some s