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November 21, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Higher risk of liver disease seen with type 1 diabetes
    Type 1 diabetes patients showed a lower prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cirrhosis but more diagnoses of glycogenosis than those with type 2 diabetes, a British study indicated. However, researchers found the prevalence of cirrhosis during follow-up was 301.5 per 100,000 in type 1 diabetes patients, compared with only 76.3 per 100,000 in the general population. The results were presented at The Liver Meeting. Healio (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Vegetable, PUFA intake curbs DNA damage in type 2 diabetes
    Consuming 300 grams of vegetables and 25 milliliters of plant oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids daily may curb DNA damage that results in mutagenesis and/or carcinogenesis in type 2 diabetes patients, researchers reported in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Patients who did not eat the vegetables and plant oils also showed decreased A1C levels but did not attain a reduction in oxidative damage to DNA. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • CMS to cover obesity counseling
    CMS will start reimbursing primary care doctors and other qualified practitioners for conducting face-to-face behavioral counseling with obese patients. Private insurers are expected to follow suit. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Most consumers want calorie counts on the menu
    Seventy percent of consumers say it matters to them that calorie counts, sodium content and other nutrition information are included on the menu at chain restaurants, and nearly as many would like to see the information available at all restaurants, according to a Technomic survey. "As a consequence, we expect restaurants will face growing pressure for more comprehensive nutritional disclosure," Technomic's Bob Goldin says. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Enlisting nonphysician staff helps doctors increase patient load
    A study in the Annals of Family Medicine showed doctors who assigned 77% of preventive care and 47% of chronic care to nonphysician staff could handle a panel of 1,947 patients, compared with only 1,387 patients for doctors who delegated only 50% of preventive care and 25% of chronic care. "We need to figure out how we're going to provide primary care to the population that needs it, and this means figuring out how to share the care with other people in the practice," lead author Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer said. American Medical News (free content) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Study links EHR portal access to higher medical care use
    Patients who used Web-based portals for EHR systems visited physician's offices more often and made more phone calls to providers than nonusers, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Increased after-hours clinic visits, emergency department utilization and hospitalizations were also associated with EHR portal use among patients, researchers said. They speculated that the portals might help uncover more health issues or that patients more likely to utilize health care were more inclined to sign up for the portal. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
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