Ethnic groups may need new BMI cutoffs for diabetes risk | CDC: Chronic diseases among leading causes of death in U.S. | Aerobics plus resistance training is good for diabetes patients
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July 3, 2014
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Ethnic groups may need new BMI cutoffs for diabetes risk
Research published in Diabetes Care showed the diabetes rates of obese whites with a BMI of at least 30 were similar to South Asians whose BMI was at least 22, patients of Chinese descent with a BMI of at least 24 and in blacks with a BMI of at least 26. The findings indicate a need to use lower BMIs to define obesity in different racial and ethnic groups. Nursing in Practice (6/30)
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CDC: Chronic diseases among leading causes of death in U.S.
CDC data showed 10 of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S. in 2011 were chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The study published in The Lancet said 50.9% of U.S. adults have at least one chronic disease and 26% have two or more. The CDC gave four strategies to deal with chronic disease: surveillance, promotion of healthy behaviors, health system interventions to boost preventive services and community-supported disease management. Medscape (free registration) (7/2)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Aerobics plus resistance training is good for diabetes patients
Austrian researchers analyzed data from 14 studies and found that aerobics and resistance training together may be better than either workout alone for people with type 2 diabetes. Their report in the journal Diabetologia found that compared with the individual exercises, the dual fitness regimen was linked to better blood glucose, blood fats, blood pressure and weight measures. HealthDay News (7/3)
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Soda tax to go before Berkeley, Calif., voters in Nov.
Berkeley, Calif., residents are set to vote on a proposed soda tax in November. If it passes, the city would be the first in the country to put a tax on sugary drinks. Reuters (7/2)
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Practice Update
CMS accountable care and bundled payment programs continue to grow
More health systems and practices will be participating in the Medicare bundled payment program next year, the CMS announced, though the agency did not say how many new organizations will participate. The number of Medicare accountable care organizations has more than tripled since 2012, and the CMS expects continued growth. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (6/30)
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Trends & Technology
ACA programs aim to bridge the gap between public, private health care
The Affordable Care Act's focus on public health and disease prevention has gone largely unnoticed amid public debate about the law, but implementation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the National Prevention Strategy continues. The Prevention Fund will allow insurer billing by public health systems for immunizations and other services, and private-sector health care providers will be able to provide referrals to community programs. Another ACA program will require nonprofit hospitals to conduct community needs assessments. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/1)
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Health IT program to target hypertension, diabetes care
Trenton Health Team has received $415,000 from New Jersey's Department of Health to create a program that will use clinical decision support to better monitor the health of people with hypertension and diabetes. The health system collaboration wants to reduce diabetes-related hospitalizations, decrease the proportion of diabetes patients with high blood glucose and increase the proportion of people with hypertension who have their blood pressure under control. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (7/1)
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