GLP-1 inhibitors may curb heart failure risk in diabetes | Firm recalls 90K units of glucose meter in U.S. | Bill on dietary guidelines for public cafeterias clears Iowa Senate
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March 26, 2013
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GLP-1 inhibitors may curb heart failure risk in diabetes
Diabetes patients taking GLP-1 inhibitors were 41% less likely to develop heart failure compared with those on other glucose-lowering medications, a study indicated. Researchers also found the patients on GLP-1 inhibitors had a 44% lower risk of all-cause hospitalization and an 80% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those not on such medications. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/25)
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Firm recalls 90K units of glucose meter in U.S.
Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan division announced Monday that it is recalling and replacing about 90,000 units of its OneTouch Verio IQ blood glucose meter in the U.S. due to operational dysfunctions at extremely high glucose readings of 1024 mg/dL and above. The company is recalling and replacing nearly 2 million meters worldwide. Reuters (3/25)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Bill on dietary guidelines for public cafeterias clears Iowa Senate
The Iowa Senate has passed a bill to require cafeterias in state buildings and public universities to post data on calories, sodium and saturated fat on menus and to follow American Heart Association guidelines on calorie restrictions. The measure, which now moves to the House, would help fight obesity in the state, said state Sen. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines. San Francisco Chronicle (free content)/The Associated Press (3/25)
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Practice Update
Shorter shifts for medical interns may have unintended effects
Limiting shifts for medical interns to 16 hours did not improve the quality of their sleep or well-being, and the change was associated with increased reports of errors, according to research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine that raised concerns about unintended side effects of the limits. Shorter on-duty shifts led to fewer daytime work hours and reduced educational opportunities, researchers said. Reuters (3/25)
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Broader outpatient quality framework advocated
An opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested a broader framework to improve measures for outpatient quality. The suggested framework advocates a greater focus on safety and high-level quality metrics such as diagnostic accuracy and appropriate use, in addition to the typical focus on preventive and chronic disease care. (3/25)
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IOM report: Medicare geographic payment system has flaws
An Institute of Medicine report listed reasons why it is not a good idea to adjust Medicare payments to physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals based on geographic region. The report, requested by lawmakers from geographic areas where Medicare spending is lower, said such a policy would "likely mischaracterize the actual value of services" and lead to an unfair payment system for physicians and hospitals that made good medical decisions but were located in areas of heavy spending. Medscape (free registration)/Kaiser Health News (3/22)
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Trends & Technology
New app can improve glucose control in diabetes patients
Developers have introduced the Power 20 mobile application to improve blood glucose control in diabetes patients through exercise. The app features several full-body, 20-minute workouts and is available for iOS and Android devices. (U.K.) (3/25)
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Agency issues updated HIT Certification procedures
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued an updated version of its test method for clinical quality testing under its HIT Certification Program. The updates are available online. (3/25)
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