More American adults determined obese, JAMA report finds
Americans are still getting fatter with age. The population of adults identified as obese or severely obese continued to grow in the United States between 2007-2008 and 2015-2016, according to research published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
But there were no significant overall changes among youth, noted lead author Craig Hales, a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity among adults has been on the rise since the 1980s but plateaued among youth between 2005-2006 and 2013-2014.
According to the research, 39.6% of all adults were classified as obese and 7.7% were determined to be severely obese over the course of 2015 through 2016. That’s up from 33.7% and 5.7%, respectively, from a similar report over the course of 2007 through 2008.
The increase in obesity rates among youth was less pronounced, the research found. As many as 18.5% of the population between the ages of 2 and 19 were classified as obese during the 2015/2016 period, up only sightly from 16.8% in 2007/2008. Youths classified as severely obese went up from 4.9% to 5.6% over those periods.
The data includes weight measurements of 16,875 youth and 27,449 adults (over the age of 20) from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2007-2008 to 2015-2016.
DarioHealth introduces iPhone 8-friendly blood glucose meter
DarioHealth on Monday announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted pre-market notification (510(k)) clearance for the New York-based company’s Lightning-enabled version of the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System.
The launch of Apple’s smartphones with only a Lightning connector posed a unique challenge to the entire mobile ecosystem. With today’s announcement, DarioHealth can now successfully offer to U.S. consumers its proprietary meter with either a 3.5mm headphone jack or Lightning connector.
“We’ve been working tirelessly to bring forth a solution that would meet the rigorous standards required to achieve the FDA clearance,” Erez Raphael, chairman and CEO DarioHealth, said. “We are proud that our organization worked with agility to ensure connectivity to the latest Apple devices. This is a big breakthrough to receive the FDA’s marketing clearance for the Dario product on iPhone 7, 8 and X, and allows many of our past users who upgraded to these new iPhones to renew their Dario experience. This continues DarioHealth’s U.S. market progress, and truly opens the door for wide-scale expansion in this pivotal market.”
This news opens a significant U.S. market opportunity for DarioHealth, as it enables DarioHealth to provide its diabetes management platform and expand the sales of the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System to iPhone 7, 8 and X SMDs.
The diabetes company has been marketing the product in the U.S. exclusively for Apple iOS 6.1 platform and higher since the FDA first granted clearance for the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System in December 2015, and certain leading Android SMD’s including Samsung Galaxy S series, Samsung Galaxy Note series and LG G series, since September 2017. With today’s news, DarioHealth plans to expand U.S. sales in the coming weeks.
Record-breaking influenza season nears end
For the week ended March 17, influenza activity in the United States continued to decrease, though the season is still not over, according to the latest FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ILI dropped from 3.2% reported last week to 2.7%. When that illness rate metric falls below the national baseline of 2.2%, that will indicate the end of the season.
So this week may be the last week of what has been a record-breaking flu season.
However, 17 states continue to report widespread flu activity, meaning ILI activity has been reported at centers across at least half of the state, and six states still are reporting high influenza-like illness levels. Those six states are located across the continent, including Arizona and Wyoming in the West, Nebraska and South Dakota in the Midwest and South Carolina and Virginia in the South.
Nine states are experiencing moderate ILI activity.
Hospitalization rates are higher than the end-of-season hospitalization rates for 2014-2015, a high severity, H3N2-predominant season. CDC also is reporting an additional five flu-related pediatric deaths during week 11, bringing the total number of flu-related pediatric deaths this season to 133.