Study looks at markers for macroalbuminuria in diabetes | Transition to adult care may raise risk of poor glycemic control | Diabetes doesn't affect phantom limb pain prevalence after amputation
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March 25, 2013
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Study looks at markers for macroalbuminuria in diabetes
Type 1 diabetes patients who developed macroalbuminuria showed higher levels of sE-selectin, interleukin-6, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, and sTNFR-1 and -2 over 6.5 years than those with normal urine, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also noted significant reductions in soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 rates in patients who developed macroalbuminuria. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/24)
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Transition to adult care may raise risk of poor glycemic control
The transition from pediatric to adult care can lead to poor glycemic control in young adults with type 1 diabetes, researchers said. The study in the journal Pediatrics found young adults in transition may need additional support in an adult practice to ensure the best outcomes. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/25)
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Diabetes doesn't affect phantom limb pain prevalence after amputation
A study in the journal Pain found no significant difference in the prevalence of phantom limb pain or phantom sensations in lower-limb amputation patients with or without diabetes. Healio/O&P Business News (3/22)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Many babies are introduced to solid food earlier than recommended
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for about the first six months of life, but CDC researchers found that 40% of 1,334 mothers said they started introducing solid food to their babies before they were 4 months old. The researchers found that formula-fed babies were twice as likely as breast-fed babies to be given solids early. About 90% of mothers who introduced solids early said they thought their babies were old enough to eat such food, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics. USA Today (3/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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Practice Update
CMS to conduct survey on patient care
CMS announced plans to develop a survey that will contribute quality and patient satisfaction data to its Physician Compare website. "This survey will provide patient experience of care data that is an essential component of assessing the quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries," a CMS notice said. Health Data Management (3/21)
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Trends & Technology
Study: Docs who exercise encourage patients to get active
Research scheduled to be presented at an American Heart Association meeting showed physically active doctors were more likely than inactive ones to recommend exercise to patients. Researchers also found medical students who participated in lifestyle interventions were 56% more likely to give regular exercise counseling to patients compared with those who did not participate. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/22)
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ADA News
73rd Scientific Sessions -- Late Breaking Abstract submission closes April 1
The Late Breaking Abstract Program allows for later submission of cutting-edge research. Submissions should present new and high-impact research. E-mails and word processing files submitted outside of the Submission Site will not be accepted. The submission deadline is April 1 at noon EDT. Don't miss the opportunity to present your research at the world's premier diabetes meeting. Learn more and apply.
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Call for nominations for Pathway to Stop Diabetes awards open now
To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions and ultimately end this deadly epidemic, the Association is launching a bold new initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes. Pathway will provide crucial support to researchers focusing on innovative ideas and transformational approaches. Learn more about available grant opportunities and nominations.
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