Comorbidities, drugs impact glucose control in diabetes | Study links psoriasis to new-onset diabetes | Efficacy of phone, computer-based diabetes programs examined
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March 28, 2013
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Comorbidities, drugs impact glucose control in diabetes
Comorbid conditions such as joint disorders and respiratory diseases were associated with poor glucose control in type 2 diabetes patients, a study found. Patients on medications such as NSAIDs and corticosteroids also showed worse glucose control than those who did not take such drugs for comorbid conditions, researchers said. The findings were published in the British Journal of General Practice. (U.K.) (3/26)
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Study links psoriasis to new-onset diabetes
Danish researchers found patients with mild or severe psoriasis had higher rates of new-onset diabetes at nearly 12 years of follow-up compared with the general population. The results appear in Diabetes Care. News (3/27)
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Efficacy of phone, computer-based diabetes programs examined
An analysis in The Cochrane Library revealed computer- and mobile phone-based self-management diabetes programs were safe but provided limited blood glucose benefits for patients. Researchers said the programs' benefits waned at six months and added it is unclear whether such interventions improve depression, body weight or quality of life in type 2 diabetes patients. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (3/26)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Groups release new guidelines for bariatric surgery
Sleeve gastrectomy should no longer be seen as an investigational procedure as data showed it yields weight-loss results comparable to those of gastric bypass and gastric banding, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery said in their updated guidance for weight-loss procedures. The guidelines appear in the journal Obesity. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/27)
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Study: Walkable neighborhoods aren't necessarily walked
Women living in "walkable" neighborhoods did not appear to walk more compared with those living in other areas, according to a study in the journal Health & Place. The study's lead author did not find a direct correlation. Other experts said transportation walking depends on the neighborhood and local area while recreational walking is less reliant on environment. KPLU-FM (Tacoma, Wash.) (3/25)
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Canola oil is linked to less belly fat
Researchers say high-oleic canola oil can reduce belly fat in adults when consumed instead of other oil. The study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting, found that adults who consumed such canola oil daily reduced belly fat by 1.6% over four weeks. (3/25)
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Practice Update
Providers increasingly seek NPs, PAs, firm says
Research from temporary staffing firm Staff Care revealed health care provider requests for nurse practitioners and physician assistants grew from less than 2% of requests in 2010 to more than 10% last year. The trend reflects shortages in physicians as well as in NPs and PAs, said Staff Care official Bonnie Owens. Healthcare Finance News (3/27)
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Trends & Technology
Reps propose bill to increase GME slots for physician training
About 15,000 new Graduate Medical Education spots would be made available under a bill proposed by Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., to help alleviate the U.S. doctor shortage. The Training Tomorrow's Doctors Today Act would enable the HHS secretary to provide 3,000 new openings yearly for five years and would institute restrictions to ensure rural hospitals can compete for slots. Health Data Management (3/25)
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Scorecard shows 10.9% of health spending is value-based
Insurance data show only 10.9% of spending for health care services in 2012 was based on value, while 89.1% was done through traditional fee-for-service payments, according to a study by a consortium of 21 large U.S. employers. The Catalyst for Payment Reform said its report, the National Scorecard on Payment Reform, is aimed at encouraging the health care industry to move faster in adopting value-based payment systems that focus on quality and efficiency. Kaiser Health News/USA Today (3/26)
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