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October 11, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Poll shows high incidence of hypoglycemia in diabetes patients
    Data from the Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians survey revealed 80% of type 2 diabetes patients on insulin therapy suffered from self-treated hypoglycemia and 36% experienced a hypoglycemic episode within the last month. Researchers also found 46% of such patients increased their blood glucose monitoring after the last episode and more than 10% changed their long-acting insulin regime. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. (U.K.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group therapy curbs depression in women with diabetes
    Women with type 2 diabetes and depression who participated in a nurse-delivered group therapy program showed significant improvements in depression, trait anxiety and anger expression compared with those who received usual care, according to a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. However, researchers did not observe significant differences in improvements in fasting glucose and A1C levels between the two groups. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Metformin shows efficacy regardless of renal status
    A study of more than 50,000 type 2 diabetes patients revealed those who received metformin showed a lower risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who took insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents. Researchers also found that metformin-treated diabetes patients with renal impairment did not have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality or acidosis/serious infection. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal. Modern Medicine/Drug Topics (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis looks at diabetes drug use among VA clinics
    An analysis in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed the median usage of thiazolidinediones among Department of Veterans Affairs clinics was 8.2% and the median usage of long-acting insulin was 40.6%. The range of use for thiazolidinediones was 1% to 25%, while long-acting insulin use ranged from 4% to more than 70%, researchers noted. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetic foot ulcers linked to increased risk of death
    British researchers examined data from eight studies of diabetic patients and found that 34% of those with diabetic foot ulceration died during follow-up, compared to 17% without the complication. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, also found a higher risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes among DFU patients. The Independent (London) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Healthy food is less tasty, some Hispanics say
    Forty-six percent of less-acculturated Hispanic Americans said healthy foods were less tasty, compared with only 31% of bilingual Hispanics and 11% of English-dominant Hispanics, data from NPD Group showed. The research also found that foreign-born and Spanish-language dominant Hispanics think that filling a plate and eating everything on it indicates a nutritious meal. Supermarket News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Update 
  • IOM calls for clearinghouse of EHR reviews, feedback
    The Institute of Medicine recommended establishing a central, publicly available database where users of EHRs can share their experiences and reviews. Organizations "will benefit from lessons learned by similar health care organizations about how to improve the performance and safety of their existing systems," wrote the authors of the IOM report. American Medical News (free content) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Trends & Technology 
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program to be launched in 4 states
    The CDC and America's Health Insurance Plans will collaborate on the implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a four-year initiative to prevent type 2 diabetes onset in prediabetes patients. The program will be launched in four states and focus on four fronts: promoting health marketing activities, creating intervention sites, developing a diabetes prevention recognition program and training workers in the field. Healthcare Finance News (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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