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Study: Treadmill use may help suppress appetites

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHESDA, Md. A vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill is more likely to help people lose weight by suppressing appetite than 90 minutes pumping iron, the American Physiological Study announced earlier this month, citing results from a recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

This line of research may eventually lead to more effective ways to use exercise to help control weight, stated senior author David Stensel of Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

There are several hormones that help regulate appetite, but the researchers looked at two of the major ones, ghrelin and peptide YY.

Ghrelin is the only hormone known to stimulate appetite. Peptide YY suppresses appetite.

Researchers found that the treadmill session caused ghrelin levels to drop and peptide YY levels to increase, indicating the hormones were suppressing appetite. However, a weight-lifting session produced a mixed result. Ghrelin levels dropped, indicating appetite suppression, but peptide YY levels did not change significantly.

“The finding that hunger is suppressed during and immediately after vigorous treadmill running is consistent with previous studies indicating that strenuous aerobic exercise transiently suppresses appetite,” Stensel said. “The findings suggest a similar, although slightly attenuated response, for weight lifting exercise.”

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SXC to acquire Zynchros

BY Alaric DeArment

LISLE, Ill. Pharmacy benefit management service provider SXC Health Solutions Corp. has acquired Seattle-based formulary management services company Zynchros, SXC announced Monday.

 Founded in 2000, Zynchros provides on-demand formulary management tools to more than 40 health plans and PBMs. SXC said the zynchros.com platform helps payers manage their formulary programs and maintain Medicare Part D compliance.

“Zynchros.com is by far the most advanced and widely installed solution on the market to manage formularies and maintain compliance with Medicare Part Drequirements,” SXC president and chief executive officer Mark Thierer said in a statement. “This acquisition further cements SXC’s leadership position as the industry?s technology-enabled PBM.”

Health insurance plans and PBMs use Zynchros? services to control pharmacy benefit costs and leverage e-prescribing and electronic medical records initiatives.

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Allsup to receive disability records electronically

BY Alaric DeArment

BELLEVILLE, Ill. A company that provides financial and healthcare services to people with disabilities complimented the Social Security Administration Monday for its decision that it will begin receiving medical records for some disability applicants electronically, starting in 2009.

Allsup, based in Belleville, Ill., said it was the latest in a number of technology initiatives that the SSA has undertaken.

 

“This announcement is another sign of the agency?s commitment to embracing modern technology to help break the disability application backlog,” Allsup president and chief executive officer Jim Allsup said in a statement. “We know from our experience that it can take up to 30 days to receive medical records from many providers. Eliminating that delay should streamline the initial claims review and speed up disability determinations.”

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