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September 4, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study looks at A1C threshold for type 1 diabetes
    An A1C level of ≥6.5% showed high specificity but very low sensitivity as a threshold for type 1 diabetes in high-risk children and young adults, a study in Diabetes Care found. The researchers also found that an A1C level of ≥5.7% had very low sensitivity and variable specificity as an indicator of impaired glucose tolerance. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Depression blocks testosterone benefits in men with diabetes
    A study presented at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine revealed testosterone therapy did not show blood glucose benefits in depressed men with type 2 diabetes and hypogonadism, compared with their counterparts who were not depressed. Researchers also found patients who did not have depression attained significant reductions in BMI and waist circumference. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines diabetic macular edema treatment
    Patients with diabetic macular edema who had been previously treated with bevacizumab attained significant improvements in visual acuity and central subfield thickness at three and six months with ranibizumab injections, researchers reported at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting. Healio/OSN Retina (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Analysis: Low-carb diet helps obese people lose weight
    An analysis in Obesity Reviews of 17 previous studies found that obese people who ate a low-carbohydrate diet lost an average of about 18 pounds in six months to a year and showed improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, said a low-carb diet is a "viable alternative for weight loss." USA TODAY (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Western diet reduces diversity of gut microflora, study says
    People who eat a Western-style diet high in artificial sweeteners, fructose and sugar alcohols could be at higher risk of obesity and metabolic disorders, Swiss researchers said. A review of previous research showed that this type of diet leads to a loss of diversity in gut microflora, setting in motion a series of processes that contribute to metabolic disorders and obesity. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Agency issues tips on MU payment adjustments
    The CMS has created a resource to help health care professionals better understand payment adjustments applied to providers that do not attain meaningful use of EHRs. The documents feature key information including the time frame for payment adjustments and applicable adjustment amounts. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ADA News 
  • Free resource from the American Diabetes Association
      
    The Where Do I Begin? booklet is the first step to helping your patients get the information they need at diagnosis. Order free copies of Where Do I Begin? and give this great resource to your newly diagnosed patients. Encourage them to take the next step and enroll in the free program to get ongoing information and support over their first year living with type 2 diabetes. To order your free copies, visit diabetes.org/atdx. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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