Researchers found that individuals with recent-onset diabetes were at a more than twofold higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to those with long-term diabetes across all ages. The findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, based on 48,995 individuals from the Multiethnic Cohort, revealed that the hazard ratio for recent-onset diabetes was 3.38 in African-Americans and 4.08 in Latinos at age 75.
A study in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science showed a direct association between diabetes or higher long-term hyperglycemia and higher intraocular pressure that is not mediated by central corneal thickness, which could increase an individual's risk of glaucoma. Singaporean researchers used a cohort of 2,524 diabetes patients and found a consistent association between IOP elevation and diabetes or high A1C levels and between diabetes and shorter axial length and thicker CCT.
Researchers found that 17.8% and 5.8% of children and teens ages 2 to 19 in the US were obese and severely obese, respectively, between 2013 and 2016. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association also showed that severe obesity was significantly more common among youths in non-metropolitan statistical areas, and both obesity and severe obesity were significantly more prevalent among blacks and Hispanics.
Individuals with obesity who were on the 16:8 diet had lower blood pressure, lost 3% of their body weight and consumed 350 fewer calories than those on an alternate day fasting diet, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging. Researchers based their findings on 23 obese study participants with a mean age of 45 and average body mass index of 35.
Aetna polled 1,000 consumers ages 18 and older and found those ages 18 to 34 use digital health tools more often and more view virtual office visits as valuable, compared with consumers older than 65. When asked about patients' top concerns, 80% of respondents cited privacy, followed by data security at 76% and cost of care at 73%.
Switching EHR systems can improve efficiency and productivity, but the switch can also be costly, according to the Medical Economics 2017 EHR Report. Physicians can predict costs for software and hardware but some unanticipated expenses often result.
House Republicans unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that would slash Medicare spending by $537 billion and funding for Medicaid and other health care programs by $1.5 trillion. The proposal would also fast-track a reconciliation process that would allow Senate lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act with only 50 votes.
The conservative Health Policy Consensus Group on Tuesday released a plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act in August and creating a new system that reverses consumer protections and gives states more control over health care. The plan calls for repeal of Medicaid expansion, giving states block grants to pay for subsidies for low-income consumers who purchase insurance, expansion of health savings accounts, and allowing insurers to give discounts to young people or those who maintain continuous coverage.
Medtronic and Nutrino have partnered to integrate the latter's AI-powered nutrition program, FoodPrint Report technology, into Medtronic's iPro2 myLog continuous glucose monitoring app to provide insights into users' diet, their reactions to various foods, and the link between meals and glucose variability. The groups may extend the collaboration to incorporate data and insights from Nutrino's platform into all of Medtronic's Diabetes Group businesses.
As advances in diabetes treatment evolve at a rapid-fire pace, ADA's Diabetes Is Primary program targets clinicians on the front lines of primary care. Learn more about this program based on our Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and register for upcoming events.