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December 26, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Holiday meals pose danger for people with undiagnosed diabetes
    Eating meals heavy in carbohydrates and fats puts people who are unaware they have type 2 diabetes at especially high risk for stroke and heart trouble, says endocrinologist and diabetes specialist Dr. Dale Hamilton. The CDC estimates that 7 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes. Hamilton recommends blood glucose testing to assess diabetes risk. HealthDay News (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • CDC: Obesity rates drop slightly in preschool-age children
    The percentage of obese, low-income preschoolers declined from more than 15% in 2003 to less than 15% in 2010, CDC researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate of extreme obesity went from 2.2% in 2003 to about 2.1% in 2010. Progress in reducing childhood-obesity rates may be related to greater breast-feeding rates and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise, researchers said. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among overweight, obese youth
    Overweight, obese and severely obese children and teens were more likely than their healthy-weight peers to have low vitamin D levels, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers examining data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey also found that Latino and black children were more likely than their white counterparts to have low vitamin D levels, suggesting the need for targeted screening. WebMD (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • ONC works to boost health information exchange
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to accelerate health information exchange with a variety of initiatives, including a funding opportunity meant to establish a cooperative agreement with groups that already oversee HIE efforts. The idea is to promote solutions to HIE barriers and include them in national policy. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • U.S. will be short 100K docs in 2020, report projects
    The U.S. is projected to be short 100,000 primary care physicians in 2020 as more new physicians turn to specialty care, according to the Medical Group Management Association. Medical students should be sent to rural communities where primary care access is particularly limited, an official at the Texas Academy of Family Physicians suggested. United Press International (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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