New Device May Help Control Type I Diabetes
A new device may change the way type 1 diabetics manage their disease. While regulating glucose levels at night can be done manually, the new device automates the process, working like the pancreas. Participants in a study that was published in the journal Lancet used the artificial pancreas system to control their glucose levels while they slept, HealthDay reports. Results showed that when using the device, participants spent twice as much time during the night at targeted glucose levels than when they used the manual approach. In a Lancet news release, lead researcher Roman Hovorka of the University of Cambridge in England said the system could improve quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes and their families.
Lost Your Job? There's Still Time to Get the COBRA Subsidy
Reminder: People who have recently lost their jobs or are laid off this month may be eligible to claim government help with their health insurance premiums. The right to claim the subsidy, which pays 65 percent of the cost of continuing employee coverage under the law known as COBRA, is set to expire at the end of February—though a provision in President Obama's 2011 budget proposes to extend that deadline. If passed, the proposal would make workers laid off between March and December 2010 eligible for subsidized COBRA insurance for 12 months, down from the current 15. (COBRA law offers employees who lose their job continued insurance for 18 months.)
The COBRA subsidy was first pitched as part of the federal stimulus approved last February. Launched in March, it applied only to employees laid off between September 2008 and December 2009. Lose your job today—or before March 1—and you could get reduced COBRA premiums for up to 15 months. That deadline was set by Congress in December when it extended the original subsidy. Benefits consultant Hewitt Associates reported then that monthly COBRA enrollment rates had climbed 20 percentage points, from 19 percent measured before the subsidy to 39 percent nine months after its enactment. Read more.
4 Reasons More Recess Helps Kids Do Better in School
There's one thing that's almost guaranteed to make your child perform better in school: more recess. Not only do children do better academically if they get outside to play, but they have fewer behavior problems. That's the word from none other than the principals of America, who know all there is to know about bad behavior at school, U.S. News contributor Nancy Shute writes.
But recess has almost disappeared from the curriculum at many schools, edged out by more math and reading work as schools push to raise scores on standardized tests. One in 4 elementary schools no longer provides daily recess for all grades. But a growing body of research, including a 2009 study of 11,000 third graders published in Pediatrics, shows that adding more play to the day, not less, improves the likelihood of better test scores and behavior. Read more.