Review: Alogliptin helps regulate blood glucose levels | Anti-VEGFs boost outcomes in patients with DME | Study: PTSD patients show higher metabolic syndrome rates
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March 13, 2013
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Review: Alogliptin helps regulate blood glucose levels
An analysis in BMC Endocrine Disorders found alogliptin treatment alone or in combination with other anti-diabetes drugs showed efficacy in regulating blood glucose levels in patients. However, more studies are needed to back the findings, researchers said. (3/11)
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Anti-VEGFs boost outcomes in patients with DME
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor-A medications such as ranibizumab and bevacizumab were associated with significant short-term improvements and few adverse effects in patients with diabetic macular edema, an analysis in BMJ Open indicated. Researchers said anti-VEGFs may offer more consistent results compared with laser and steroid therapies. (3/11)
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Study: PTSD patients show higher metabolic syndrome rates
Data on 207,954 VA patients showed those with post-traumatic stress disorder had greater incidence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome compared with those who did not have a PTSD diagnosis. "This is a disorder that needs to be looked at and treated as a public health problem," said Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi, who discussed the findings at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (3/11)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Gallup poll names most, least obese states
West Virginia has the highest obesity rate in the nation, at 33.5%, followed by Mississippi at 32.2% and Arkansas at 31.4%, data from the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index revealed. Colorado had the lowest rate at 18.7%, followed by Massachusetts at 21.5% and Montana at 22%. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (3/13), (3/6)
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Breast-feeding may not lower children's obesity risk, study says
A breast-feeding promotion initiative significantly improved breast-feeding exclusivity at ages 3 and 6 months, compared with a control group, but did not lower the prevalence of obesity in children 11 years later, according to a study of more than 17,000 mother-infant pairs in Belarus. Researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that breast-feeding seemed to have no impact on levels of serum insulin-like growth factor later in life. (3/12), CNN/The Chart blog (3/12)
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Study: Sugary drinks are behind children's high calorie consumption
Increased calorie intake among 2- to 11-year-olds in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010 was mainly attributed to sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For 12- to 18-year-olds, researchers noted that both food and sugary drinks were to blame for the higher intake of calories. HealthDay News (3/12)
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Practice Update
Agencies ask for feedback on broader data sharing
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS are requesting feedback on ways to engage more providers and patients in health information exchange. The notice in the Federal Register cites a lack of technology at long-term care, rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities in particular. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/12)
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Poll finds decreasing satisfaction among EHR users
The number of EHR users who said they are satisfied with the technology dropped 12% between 2010 and 2012, according to an analysis of multiple surveys involving 4,279 respondents by the American College of Physicians and AmericanEHR Partners. Issues tied to ease of use, workflows and patient care enhancement were cited as the biggest concerns surrounding EHRs. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11)
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ADA News
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