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October 18, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Pancreas and kidney transplant ups survival in type 1 diabetes with ESRD
    Data on 630 type 1 diabetes patients with end-stage renal disease showed the overall 15-year survival rate was 50% in those who underwent a combined pancreas/kidney transplant, 30% in patients who received a single kidney from a living donor and 12% in those who had a deceased donor. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review: Combo surgery curbs hypotony risk in diabetic retinopathy
    A retrospective analysis in the journal Retina revealed undergoing vitrectomy plus cataract surgery may help reduce the risk of early postoperative hypotony in diabetic retinopathy patients. Researchers examined 302 eyes and found seven eyes in the vitrectomy-only group developed postoperative hypotony, compared with only four eyes in the combination surgery group. Healio/OSN Retina (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Skipping breakfast leads to higher food intake
    Skipping breakfast was linked to increased hunger, cravings for high-calorie foods and higher overall food intake throughout the day, according to a small study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. MRI results revealed that those who did not eat breakfast showed stronger activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region associated with reward and food pleasure, when shown pictures of high-calorie foods, compared with those who ate breakfast. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Produce-prescription programs yield positive first-year results
    Data from first-year pilot projects of the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program showed that 66% of families who got vouchers from their physicians to purchase produce increased the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate. Created by Wholesome Wave, the programs also led 38% of participants to reduce their BMI within four months. (Connecticut) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Medical groups suggest reforms on physician payment
    The American Medical Association along with more than 100 additional medical groups representing states and specialties sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee outlining principles the societies said are needed to craft a new Medicare physician payment system. Initial steps include repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula followed by a series of reforms in delivery system, payment updates and physician rewards, the groups stated. Bloomberg BNA (free content)/Health Care Daily Report (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group issues 5 practice recommendations to improve quality
    The National Association for Healthcare Quality has offered five practice recommendations to improve provider institution quality, safety reporting and staff protection. Working toward accountability on safety and quality, ensuring accurate, comprehensive and transparent data collection, and promoting teamwork and communication were among the recommended practices. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Organization to fund obesity, nutrition research
    The Nutrition Science Initiative seeks to reduce the cost, economic and otherwise, of obesity and develop a body of evidence to inform recommendations. The organization will fund research by nutrition scientists, although such projects can be challenging. "It's excruciatingly difficult to do well-controlled experiments with humans. That is the fundamental problem of nutrition science," said author Gary Taubes, co-founder of the group. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctors review studies on bioengineered tissues for foot ulcers
    Many bioengineered alternative tissues are available for treating chronic diabetic foot ulcers, and the correct choice depends on wound type and depth, product characteristics and limitations, and associated patient comorbidities, write podiatrists Melissa Skratsky and Stephanie Wu. The authors review and compare studies of different materials and their applications. Podiatry Today magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • ADA 2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award: Call for Nominations
    Now through Nov. 16 (8 p.m. EDT), the American Diabetes Association is seeking nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. This is an opportunity to recognize outstanding achievement by a diabetes researcher younger than 50 years of age, taking into consideration independence of thought, originality, significance of discovery and impact on a selected area of diabetes research, including diabetes pathogenesis, treatment and/or prevention. The recipient of this award will deliver the 2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture at the 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21 to 25, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Learn more and nominate. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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