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December 14, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Metformin-imeglimin combo boosts glucose control in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who used imeglimin as an add-on to metformin treatment showed better fasting plasma glucose and proinsulin/insulin ratio compared with those on metformin-placebo therapy, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Metformin-imeglimin treatment was generally well-tolerated and showed a similar safety profile to that of metformin-placebo treatment, researchers said. News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower ICC risk seen in diabetes patients on metformin
    Metformin-treated patients with diabetes showed a lower risk of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma compared with diabetes patients not taking the drug, researchers reported in Hepatology. Biliary tract disease, cirrhosis, diabetes and smoking were associated with an increased risk of ICC onset, researchers noted. Healio (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Obesity eclipses hunger as a global health crisis
    Global obesity has increased 82% in the past 20 years, and Middle Eastern countries had 100% growth in obesity rates, a report in The Lancet says. Researchers found that obesity is now considered a bigger health problem than hunger, while diabetes, heart disease and stroke are top contributors to years spent being sick or injured. CNN (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle habits put cardiovascular disease progress at risk
    Increasing rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes may reverse gains made in reducing cardiovascular disease in the U.S., according to an American Heart Association report in Circulation. The report said 68% of adults are overweight or obese, one-third do not engage in leisure-time physical activity and only 53% of people with hypertension have it under control. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Providers could do more with patient portals, study suggests
    Data from a KLAS survey showed 57% of responding hospitals, health systems and physician practices have a patient Web portal, while many of those that do not intend to adopt one. However, the report suggested many providers are not using all the available features for engaging patients. Respondents planning to deploy a portal largely intend to offer access to patient charts; however, only 48% of respondents plan to offer secure messaging, and just half say they will offer patient-education resources. Medscape (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines social media use by physicians
    A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found 25% of doctors utilize social media once or multiple times a day to check for health information, while 14% do so to contribute such information. Researchers also found 61% of physicians use social media on a weekly basis to seek medical information, while 46% provide new information. Primary care physicians' use of social media was driven by the need to gain insights from and have access to other doctors, researchers said. Medscape (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • ONC unveils program to protect data on mobile devices
    A mobile security program was unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with the aim of educating health care groups and providers about ways to safeguard health data on mobile devices. The initiative includes a website that offers training videos on the safe management of health information on tablets, smartphones and other mobile tools. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • 2012 Call for Applications for Elected Officers and National Board of Directors
    Ensuring a strong, diverse volunteer leadership is crucial to the success of our organization, and we are currently accepting applications for the Elected Officer Positions and Members of the National Board of Directors. All applications must be received by Jan. 2, 2013. Criteria for each of the positions, as well as the application and nomination information, can be found at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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