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October 8, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Race affects diabetes complication risks among underinsured
    An analysis of data on underinsured people in Louisiana found that black patients with diabetes were more likely than whites to develop end-stage renal disease. Whites had higher risks of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease compared with blacks. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Medscape (free registration) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links weight-loss drug to better A1C levels
    Type 2 diabetes patients who took the weight-loss drug Qsymia attained a 0.4% mean reduction in A1C, compared with only 0.1% in the placebo group, an analysis of data from the CONQUER trial showed. Another review of the trial data found fewer patients on Qsymia treatment needed to increase their diabetes medication intake during the 56-week study. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vytorin shows cholesterol benefits in diabetes regardless of weight
    Vytorin treatment is effective in lowering cholesterol levels in diabetes patients whether they were obese or not, researchers reported at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Researchers said Vytorin enabled 52.2% of obese and 57.4% of non-obese patients to reach their target LDL cholesterol levels and 62.2% of obese patients and 63.2% of non-obese patients to reach their non-HDL cholesterol goals. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Sucrose-sweetened drinks raise fat levels, study finds
    Overweight participants who consumed sucrose-sweetened drinks such as regular cola showed higher fat levels at six months compared with those who drank other beverages, according to a small study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said those who drank regular cola increased liver fat by 132% to 143%, skeletal muscle fat by 117% to 221% and visceral fat by 24% to 31%. Blood triglycerides increased 32%, and total cholesterol was up 11%, researchers added. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Living near a park does not lead to more walking, study says
    Researchers who studied data from Melbourne, Australia, found how often people walked was not affected by the amount of parkland within a quarter-mile of their home. The study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found people who had the most fields or parks within a half-mile or bigger radius were 35% less likely to walk at least once per week compared with those who had the least amount of parkland in their area. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meatless Monday can change eating habits, survey finds
    An online survey by FGI Research found the Meatless Monday campaign has led 73% of people to eat more vegetables, 64% to consume more fruit and 47% to add more whole grains to their diet. Half of survey respondents said they experiment with meatless recipes at home, and 42% say they now try more meatless dishes at restaurants. United Press International (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • AHRQ aims to enhance EHR patient education components
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has proposed creating a health information rating system to evaluate the success of EHRs in educating patients. The agency, which has drafted a system and tested it using patient education resources for asthma and colonoscopies, will accept public feedback on the recommendation through Dec. 4. Government Health IT online (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Providers should collaborate, employ data-sharing standards
    Hospitals, doctors and specialists should work together and adopt information-sharing standards that will satisfy the requirements for the CMS EHR incentive programs, as the federal government prepares to enact the guidelines for stage 2 meaningful use, according to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report also says a long-term plan is important to develop the standards because the lack of interoperability between EHR systems hinders quality clinical care. Modern Physician (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Voxiva helps patients with diabetes through mobile support program
    Voxiva, the developer of the Text4Baby program that was introduced by the federal government, has launched a mobile support and education program for patients with diabetes called Care4Life. Patients can use the program, which employs a mobile application, online portal and text messaging, to record and share their health data, such as blood glucose readings and blood pressure, with providers. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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