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April 17, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Renal dysfunction present in diabetes patients with normoalbuminuria
    A report in CardioRenal Medicine revealed many diabetes patients with normo- or microalbuminuria still suffer from renal dysfunction. Researchers studied 11,573 patients and found that 27% of those with microalbuminuria and 31% of those with macroalbuminuria had significant kidney dysfunction, while 17% of patients with normoalbuminuria had chronic kidney disease. Renal and Urology News (4/16)
  • Metformin might curb Parkinson's risk in diabetes patients
    Adding metformin to sulfonylurea treatment may significantly cut the increased risk of Parkinson's disease seen in patients with diabetes, according to a study in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. "An exciting aspect of the finding is that metformin seems to be working to protect the brain against neurodegeneration, which contributes to [Parkinsonism]. This means it may also be considered a relevant therapy for the prevention of dementia as well," lead author Mark Wahlqvist said. (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Prepregnancy weight may serve as marker for child's obesity
    A Finnish study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology revealed a correlation between weight gain during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and BMI-related and abdominal obesity in offspring at age 16. High maternal BMI before gestation was also linked to an increased risk of obesity in adolescence, suggesting that prepregnancy weight may be a more important predictor of outcomes, researchers noted. News (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stress at home could raise obesity risk among preschool girls
    Researchers looked at records from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and found that girls who experienced at least one stressor in their homes had a higher risk of being obese by age 5 than peers in more stable homes. The connection was not seen in boys, who researchers said may respond to stress by getting more physical activity. The findings appear in Pediatrics. CNN/The Chart blog (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal PAH exposure may increase childhood obesity risk
    Higher exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during pregnancy more than doubled the risk of childhood obesity by age 7, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study also found children of women with higher prenatal PAH exposure were almost twice as likely to be obese at age 5, compared to children born to mothers with lower PAH exposure. United Press International (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Thompson Reuters ranks top U.S. hospitals
    Thompson Reuters has named the top 100 U.S. hospitals after examining 2,886 non-federal hospitals that provide short-term and acute care. The rankings are based on 10 areas including mortality, patient safety and adherence to standards of care. Among those on the list are UC San Diego Medical Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. The Sun (Baltimore)/Picture of Health blog (4/16)
  • HHS proposes changes for determining hospital wage index
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius submitted to Congress a reform proposal that uses a method developed by Acumen LLC to take into account commuting data to determine labor markets for Medicare's hospital wage index. The proposal would allow "a more up-to-date reporting system for collecting commuting data from hospitals ... so that the wage index calculations would actually reflect the commuting patterns of hospital employees," according to the HHS report. AHA News Now (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ADA News 
  • Recent Advances in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease
    The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association invite you to a free webinar, presented by The Guideline Advantage™, Recent Advances in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease. The webinar, scheduled for April 24th, will be presented by Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D. Registration is required. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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