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January 15, 2013
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  • Aerobic exercise best for losing fat, body mass, study says
    Resistance training is better for producing lean body mass than aerobics, which is better for reducing fat and total body mass, researchers reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study showed people who did either aerobics only or aerobics with resistance training lost more weight than those doing just resistance training. AAFP News Now (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Research ties insulin to higher mortality risk in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who were on insulin treatment had an 89% higher risk of all-cause mortality and 116% higher risk of cancer-related death than nonusers, a study revealed. However, researchers noted diabetes patients on insulin did not have a higher overall risk of cancer. The findings appear in PLoS One. FoodConsumer.org (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese children show higher risk of immediate health concerns
    Overweight and obese children were more likely to have three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions compared with those at a healthier weight, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. Obese children had a higher risk of emotional and behavioral problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, developmental delays, asthma, allergies, headaches and ear infections, among other problems, the study found. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Screen heavy smokers for lung cancer, cancer group advises
    The American Cancer Society released new guidelines that recommend providers screen high-risk patients for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans. High-risk patients are age 55 to 74 with at least a 30-pack-year smoking history and have smoked within the past 15 years. Providers should make patients aware of the benefits, limits and risks of screening, the group said. Nurse.com (1/12) , HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Decision tools reduce inappropriate antibiotic use, study says
    Using a printed or computer-based decision tool reduced inappropriate antibiotic use for acute bronchitis by 11.7% and 13.3% respectively, according to study data from 33 general physician practices. Researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine that physician practices in a control group had a slight increase in the use of antibiotics and, overall, more than 60% of patients in practices using the tools still received inappropriate antibiotics. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician offices still need policies for handling cash
    Although only a few patients may pay in cash, medical practices still need policies for handling it, in part to prevent employee embezzlement, experts said. Practice consultants advised keeping cash drawers for patient payments separate from petty cash for small purchases, implementing theft-prevention procedures such as having just one staff person assigned to handle cash payments, and keeping a limited amount of money in the office. American Medical News (free content) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pilot effort will use HIT to transform medical practice
    The CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is piloting a "medical neighborhood" program that will involve up to 15 provider groups and health systems in 15 states, helping them transform their practices using health IT to improve outcomes, lower costs and coordinate care with other providers in the community. The initiative aims to lessen the cost of health care by $49.5 million and boost the experience of patients by 25% within three years among the participating organizations. Government Health IT online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • HHS publishes Affordable Care Act regulations
    HHS released a 474-page document on Monday with proposed regulations regarding Medicaid expansion, state health insurance exchanges and other pieces of the Affordable Care Act. The draft covers the development of systems for helping people find out whether they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits for health insurance, and for dealing with denials of Medicaid claims. The administration is seeking feedback on the draft. BenefitsPro.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Data show physician assistant concentration by state
    Alaska had the nation's highest concentration of physician assistants in 2010 at 75 per 100,000 people, followed by South Dakota and Washington, D.C., at 65 and 64 per 100,000 people, respectively, data from the Kaiser Family State Health Facts showed. Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi had the lowest PA concentration. Mississippi had four per 100,000 people. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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