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December 27, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Undiagnosed diabetes linked to poorer outcomes in breast cancer
    Twenty-six percent of women with breast cancer in a study had previously undiagnosed diabetes, according to research published in BMC Cancer. "In breast cancer, previously undiagnosed diabetes is associated with advanced stage cancer and increased mortality," the researchers wrote. "Identifying biological factors would require further investigation." Healio/O&P Business News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher in-hospital mortality rate seen in hypoglycemia patients
    Both insulin-induced and spontaneous hypoglycemia were associated with higher risk of in-hospital mortality in a retrospective study published in Diabetes Care. Hospitalized patients who experienced at least one episode of hypoglycemia were significantly more likely to die than those who did not experience hypoglycemia, though the mortality rate was lower in patients on insulin therapy. Medscape (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adult-onset autoimmune diabetes may be common in Europeans
    Almost 10% of 6,156 European patients with adult-onset diabetes had at least one diabetes-related autoantibody, a study in Diabetes Care found. Of the patients who had an autoantibody, 90.5% had glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibodies, indicating an eventual need for insulin therapy, researchers said. Many patients with autoimmune diabetes did not exhibit distinct clinical differences from type 2 diabetes patients who did not have autoantibodies. Medscape (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Small changes in driving or eating habits may help curb obesity
    Driving one less mile per day and taking a bus to work rather than driving would have a similar result to reducing daily caloric intake by 100 calories, according to a study in Preventive Medicine. Making small changes in activity levels or diet can lead to significant reductions in BMI, researchers said. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mouse study links actinidia polygama to weight loss
    Mice on a high-fat diet that were fed actinidia polygama extract had lower body weight, adipose tissue mass and serum triglyceride and leptin levels than did those that did not receive the supplements, a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports found. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Family physicians hope for full Medicaid expansions
    Family physicians in states that had considered a partial Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act hope their lawmakers will reconsider full expansion now that HHS has rejected proposals for partial measures. Expanding Medicaid eligibility would result in a healthier population as well as more jobs for health care workers, says New Mexico family physician Richard Madden, who sits on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. American Medical News (free content) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Well-designed patient surveys offer useful insight
    An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that well-designed patient satisfaction surveys offer "robust measures of quality," and the authors say providers should devote greater effort to assessment of patient experiences. "We have found that patient-reported measures not only are strongly correlated with better outcomes but also largely capture patient evaluation of care-focused communication with nurses and physicians, rather than noncore aspects of patient experience, such as room features and meals," the authors wrote. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight might embrace more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Advanced Clinical Management of Diabetes & Its Complications Webcasts – Ends Dec. 31st
    Participate before Dec. 31st to earn up to 10.50 credits by viewing 16 webcasts. This comprehensive CME program is committed to enhancing professional skills in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes. Join diabetes experts as they discuss a range of issues from solving the oldest problems to maximizing the newest solutions for patients with diabetes. Learn more about this module and other educational opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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