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October 29, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Insulin resistance may add to Alzheimer's risk
    Higher insulin resistance was linked to reduced gray matter at baseline and at four years, as well as medial temporal lobe atrophy, in a study of late middle-aged, asymptomatic patients. "This result is important because morphological changes in entorhinal cortex and anterior hippocampus, particularly the cornu ammonis fields, are sensitive to mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer's disease relative to normative aging," researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airport scanners might affect insulin pumps, glucose monitors
    Full-body or X-ray scanners and low-pressure conditions on airplanes might trigger an electromagnetic malfunction in the motor of an insulin delivery pump or continuous glucose monitoring device, an editorial in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics warned. Patients who use such devices may present airport authorities letters from their doctors to ensure that they be hand-checked to prevent the devices from malfunctioning, the journal's senior editor said. (U.K.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seniors find it hard to use iPhone apps for diabetes
    A study by the nonprofit Human Factors and Ergonomics Society found some older patients with diabetes have trouble using smartphone applications to manage their disease. Hard-to-read text, confusing functions and weak color contrast are among the most common problems. Researchers said developers should consider the needs of older people in designing diabetes-management apps. Sunrise Senior Living Blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Poll reveals higher obesity rates in the U.S.
    Data from the recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey revealed 26.1% of U.S. adults were considered to be obese in 2012, compared with 25.5% in 2008. Researchers also found obesity rates in 44- to 47-year-olds increased to 30.4% this year, stayed consistent in those aged 24 to 27 and decreased slightly in people aged 60 to 63. The Huffington Post (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review: Trans fat has no effect on glucose, insulin
    A review of seven studies showed that participants' blood glucose and insulin levels remained similar after consuming a diet high in trans fat and taking substitute oils for a few weeks each, researchers reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Searching condition online tied to improved connection with docs
    Patients who searched online to learn about their conditions before a doctor visit reported feeling a stronger connection with their physician. The study was published in the British Journal of General Practice. The small study found patients who researched their conditions reported positive experiences relative to physicians' listening skills; however, some reported that physicians disregarded the information that they brought. Medical News Today (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Benchmarking tool helps practices assess patient satisfaction
    The Medical Group Management Association and SullivanLuallin Group have unveiled the Patient Satisfaction Benchmarking Tool, which can be used by health group practices to create an accurate evaluation of patient satisfaction and find out how to boost it. The platform leverages an interface that allows users to compare survey scores of patients with the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems' Clinician and Group Survey of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Healthcare Informatics online (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Food predictions for 2050
    A panel of food experts convened for Food Day this week predicted that by 2050, Americans will eat healthier processed foods and less meat and chicken. They said people will have health planners and home gardens, and there will be financial incentives to buy healthier foods. The Boston Globe/Daily Dose blog (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Continuing education for health care professionals who treat patients with diabetes
    Did you know that the American Diabetes Association has been accredited to provide continuing medical education for health care professionals for more than 25 years? Each year, the Association educates more than 20,000 health care professionals and scientists worldwide. Opportunities include live programs, webcasts, online and printed programs. Visit the recently redesigned Continuing Education Library. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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