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November 14, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Lower DME severity seen with ranibizumab treatment
    Data from the RIDE and RISE trials showed ranibizumab-treated patients with diabetic macular edema showed lower levels of disease severity that were maintained between 24 and 36 months compared with no change in severity levels for those who received sham treatment. "These data derived from two large randomized trials of ranibizumab for diabetic macular edema provide strong evidence that ranibizumab is effective in reducing diabetic retinopathy severity level," Dr. Michael S. Ip reported at the Retina Subspecialty Day. Healio/OSN Retina (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tablet use may bolster reading in diabetic retinopathy
    Tablet use was associated with improved reading speed in patients with eye disease including diabetic retinopathy, according to a small study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Researchers said the reading speed among iPad users increased by 42 words per minute with an 18-point font, while those who used a Kindle attained a reading speed increase of 12 words per minute using the same font. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Having carbs mostly at dinner lowers weight, inflammatory markers
    Participants who ate carbohydrates mostly at dinner showed lower hunger scores compared with those who ate carbohydrates throughout the day, a study indicated. Researchers also noted better weight, waist circumference and body fat measures and biochemical and inflammatory markers in those who ate carbohydrates at dinner than those in the control group. The findings appear in Obesity and in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workplace factors may contribute to obesity, study finds
    Physically demanding jobs prevent low-income Latinos and blacks from getting exercise outside of work, and psychosocial stress leads to higher calorie consumption among these employees, according to a study by researchers in Massachusetts. Time pressures and food environments at workplaces also appeared to contribute to unhealthy eating habits. EHS Today (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Hardship exemption deadline extended by CMS
    CMS has extended its deadline for filing hardship exemptions to avoid Medicare payment penalties next year. CMS-designated groups and qualified professionals can claim the exemption on the CMS website until Jan. 31, 2013. Physicians who do not meet e-prescribing requirements could lose 1.5% of their Medicare payment rates next year without the exemption. Modern Medicine/Medical Economics (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Retail clinics could damage primary care continuity
    Patients who get treatment at a retail clinic are less likely to follow up with their primary provider, a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found. However, researchers say that may not result in the fragmentation of primary care. "Others might argue that continuity and first-contact care are less important than preventive care, especially for a health patient population. In this light, retail clinics' impact on primary care may not be as great as feared," the researchers wrote. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • U.S. needs 52K additional primary care docs by 2025, study finds
    The U.S. will need about 52,000 more primary care doctors by 2025 to accommodate population growth, shifting demographics and provisions in the Affordable Care Act, a study found. Physician office visits are expected to increase from 462 million in 2008 to 565 million in 2025, researchers reported in the Annals of Family Medicine. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Safe at School Health Care Professional Pediatric Toolkit
    The American Diabetes Association introduces its new, FREE Safe at School Health Care Professional Toolkit to help you educate parents of children with diabetes about their children's rights in school. The kit includes materials to share with families and a poster to display in your practice. Order the kit. For more information, contact Crystal Jackson at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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