Lower plasma uric acid levels with febuxostat tied to lower systolic BP in diabetes | Filipino Americans without obesity at increased risk for diabetes, study finds | Researchers find higher risk of diabetes with psoriatic arthritis
April 27, 2017
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Lower plasma uric acid levels with febuxostat tied to lower systolic BP in diabetes
Patients with type 1 diabetes who used febuxostat for eight weeks to reduce levels of plasma uric acid experienced a modest reduction in systolic blood pressure, compared with controls, according to a study in Diabetes. Canadian researchers evaluated 73 patients with and without diabetes and found that FBX had no effect on arterial stiffness, urinary nitric oxide or flow and nitroglycerin mediated dilation.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/26) 
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Filipino Americans without obesity at increased risk for diabetes, study finds
Canadian researchers found Filipino Americans without obesity had a higher prevalence of diabetes at 7.6%, compared with 4.3% among non-Hispanic white Americans. The findings in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, based on 1,629 Filipino Americans and 72,072 non-Hispanic white adults without obesity, revealed an association between Filipino Americans' increased odds for diabetes and age, overweight body mass index and cigarette smoking.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (4/26) 
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Researchers find higher risk of diabetes with psoriatic arthritis
An Israeli study in The Journal of Rheumatology showed that patients with psoriatic arthritis were at an increased risk for diabetes and other endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, Cushing disease and osteoporosis, compared with controls without psoriatic arthritis.
Healio (free registration)/Rheumatology (4/25) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of CMS Open Payments, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers submitted data about their financial relationships with you - physicians and teaching hospitals. CMS encourages you to review that data before it is made available on a publicly accessible website. Learn more now!
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Nutrition & Wellness
CDC: Fewer US adults are unaware they have hypertension
A CDC report said data from 2011 to 2014 showed 15.9% of US adults with hypertension were unaware that they had it, compared with 29.5% from 1999 to 2002, a decrease of 46%. More men than women and more younger people than older adults were unaware they had hypertension, the report found.
Medscape (free registration) (4/26) 
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Study suggests how cinnamon may help lower blood glucose levels
A study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting showed the phenols in cinnamon may interact with the protein Sirt-1, which is involved in insulin regulation. That may help explain earlier study results showing people with type 2 diabetes who took cinnamon supplements had greater reductions in blood glucose levels than those who took a placebo.
Time.com (4/24) 
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Exercise may help reduce heart failure risk, study says
Physical activity may be a risk reduction factor for heart failure in adults, including for those who are obese, researchers said. Their study in the journal JACC: Heart Failure showed that compared with people who followed recommended exercise guidelines, those who did not exercise had a 39% higher risk of heart damage.
HealthDay News (4/24),  Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (4/24) 
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Practice Update
Survey shows what patients look for when choosing physician
Survey data from Weatherby Healthcare found that key factors considered by patients when selecting a new physician were experience, competence, cost and a positive attitude. The survey showed 46% of patients were very satisfied with their physician, and 59% of physicians said they wanted more time to communicate with patients.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/25) 
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Safety-net hospitals work to reduce penalties in value-based care
Safety-net hospitals received disproportionate penalties and payment adjustments in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, compared with other hospitals, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found safety-net hospitals are closing the gap, however, and noted better performance in the HRRP program was linked to reduced readmission rates for heart failure and pneumonia.
HealthLeaders Media (4/24) 
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Trends & Technology
HHS plans to launch cybersecurity center for health care
HHS' planned Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will provide consumers and health care organizations with information about the risks associated with mobile apps and data. HHS CISO Chris Wlaschin said the center is expected to become operational in late June.
Healthcare Informatics online (4/25),  Federal News Radio (4/20) 
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Health care vote possible this week if consensus is reached
Although House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is focused this week on passing a funding bill to avert a government shutdown, a vote on revised health care legislation is still possible if it has enough support to pass, according to spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Several leading members of the House Freedom Caucus have signaled support of an amendment that allows states to obtain waivers for several Affordable Care Act requirements related to essential health benefits and premiums, but a meeting Wednesday morning did not appear to have achieved consensus.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/26),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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