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February 21, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study shows high prevalence, low awareness of type 2 diabetes
    According to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, one in eight Americans report being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, while more than one-third of respondents either had the disease themselves or had an immediate family member with diabetes. Researchers also found 35% of diabetes patients said their condition was only "somewhat" controlled, while 5% reported having poorly controlled diabetes. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links exogenous insulin to higher mortality risk in diabetes
    Data on 84,622 type 2 diabetes patients showed those on exogenous insulin treatment had a higher risk of complications -- including major cardiovascular events, renal conditions, cancer and all-cause mortality -- than those who were on other glucose-lowering therapies. "There is a clear need to review the way in which exogenous insulin is used in people with type 2 diabetes and to establish in detail the risk-benefit profile at differing stages of the natural history of the disease and in phenotypically different subgroups," researchers wrote in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Surgery does not lower medical costs for obese patients
    Weight-loss surgery patients had the same or slightly higher health care costs over six years as obese people with health problems who did not undergo the procedure, suggesting that such operations do not help patients gain long-term cost savings, according to a study in JAMA Surgery. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • EHR adoption lags among U.S. physicians, study finds
    One in six U.S. physicians are making sufficient use of EHR systems to attest to meaningful use, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said costs and productivity concerns play roles in low EHR adoption rates. "My guess is that more people are on the journey [to using electronic records] than have attested to it. But, there are still some physicians who haven't started using electronic health records at all," said researcher Adam Wright. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician practices with EHRs shopping around, report says: A report issued by Black Book Rankings found that as many as 17% of physician practices using EHRs are planning to change vendors by the end of the year. "Meaningful use incentives created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products," said Black Book Managing Partner Doug Brown. "The high performance vendors that will emerge as viable past 2015 are those dedicating responsive teams to address customers' current demands." Healthcare Informatics online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • CME/CE Opportunity -- Personalizing Patient Goals and Care in Type 2 Diabetes: One Size Does Not Fit All
    Additions have been made to the online continuing education program for primary care providers that address their ability to individualize type 2 diabetes care management using a risk-based decision-making approach to achieving clinical guidelines. Earn up to 5.5 continuing education credits. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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