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February 20, 2017
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AAFP signs letter seeking adequate Zika funding
The AAFP was among health care and advocacy groups signing a letter to leadership of the House and Senate committees on appropriations, asking that 2018 funding bills provide adequate money for programs that fight the Zika virus. The letter said Zika continues to be a major threat to the health of pregnant women and infants, and noted a vaccine is still at least two years away.
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Study ties breast-feeding to lower metabolic syndrome risk
Study ties breast-feeding to lower metabolic syndrome risk
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A Korean study in the Journal of Women's Health found breast-feeding for at least 12 months over a woman's lifetime was associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, compared with breast-feeding for less than 12 months. The findings were based on more than 4,700 women ages 19 to 50 years.
United Press International (2/16) 
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IBD may increase cardiovascular risks, study says
Study data found patients with severe inflammatory bowel disease have a higher risk than the general population for acute arterial events, such as ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease or peripheral artery disease, researchers told the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization 2017 Congress. The study found the highest risk among younger Crohn's disease patients.
Medscape (free registration) (2/17) 
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Study compares CGM with, without blood glucose monitoring in diabetes
Adults with type 1 diabetes in the continuous glucose monitoring plus blood glucose monitoring group had 65% of the mean time spent with blood glucose levels at 70 to 180 mg/dL at 26 weeks, compared with 63% in the CGM-only group, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers used a cohort of 226 patients and found that one severe hypoglycemic event occurred in the CGM+BGM group, while none occurred in the CGM-only group.
Medscape (free registration) (2/17) 
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Study: Liraglutide may block benefits of exercise in dysregulated diabetes
Sedentary patients with dysregulated type 2 diabetes showed no improvement in early diastolic myocardial tissue velocity and in the ratio of early and atrial mitral annular tissue velocities 16 weeks after being treated with liraglutide, combined with supervised exercise, while those on placebo did see improvements with exercise, according to a study in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Danish researchers used a cohort of 33 patients and found no significant difference in left ventricular structure or function and heart rate within or between the two groups.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/16) 
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Practice Management
Health disparities still present for low-wage workers
Health care disparities still exist between insured low and high-wage workers, with low-wage workers less likely to receive preventative care and more likely to seek care in emergency departments and be hospitalized for conditions that could have been treated earlier in primary care, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Even when preventative services are available for free or low cost, health literacy and the ability to take time off of work for medical appointments are barriers to care, according to Bruce Sherman, the study's lead author.
Kaiser Health News (2/17) 
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Why more physicians are seeking MBA degrees
Why more physicians are seeking MBA degrees
More physicians are returning to school to get an MBA as their profession demands more from them in areas such as analytics and digital healthcare records. Duke University's Kevin Schulman says MBAs can help physicians innovate in healthcare and improve both safety and efficiency.
Marketplace (2/15) 
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IBM expands Watson's footprint into primary care
IBM will use Watson to assist primary care providers in six New York counties to integrate primary, acute and behavioral data to form a more complete patient picture. Massachusetts-based Atrius Health is integrating IBM's cognitive computing tools into its electronic health records system for primary care practitioners.
ZDNet (2/20) 
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Health Policy & Legislation
House committee debates restricting junk food in SNAP
None of the five experts testifying before the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday said soda had nutritional value but only one supported restricting candy and soda purchases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The other panelists said costs associated with restricting purchases would be too high and the intervention would have limited value.
USA Today (2/16) 
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Professional Issues & Trends
Study: Diversity increases in family medicine faculty
From 1980 to 2015 the proportion of female and minority faculty in family medicine departments more than doubled, but the numbers still fall short of matching the diversity of the US population overall, according to a study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Data showed gains in gender equality are more rapid than improvements in racial and ethnic diversity.
AAFP News (2/17) 
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AAFP Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course | Save $100
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Attend the AAFP's Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course in Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.), April 5-8. Learn best practices on relevant sports topics, including cardiovascular screening in young athletes, concussion and return-to-play guidelines, osteoarthritis and sports participation, exercise for the geriatric patient, and more. Earn up to 25.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Save $100 when you register by Feb. 27.
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