Study: Program improves hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes | Women can lower diabetes risk with muscle-strengthening exercises | Seniors with diverse diets show lower admission risk
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January 15, 2014
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Study: Program improves hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes
A behavior-modification program that featured full-day group sessions and individual follow-up helped eliminate episodes of severe and moderate hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes patients, a small U.K. study in Diabetes Care indicated. However, researchers did not observe a significant difference in markers of overall blood glucose control in patients. Reuters (1/14)
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Women can lower diabetes risk with muscle-strengthening exercises
Data on 99,316 middle-aged and older women showed those who engaged in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with their sedentary counterparts. The results were published in PLOS Medicine. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (1/14)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Seniors with diverse diets show lower admission risk
Data published in the American Journal of Managed Care revealed that a diverse diet was associated with lower odds of hospitalization in people ages 65 and older. Researchers also found dietary diversity was tied to better health, reduced inpatient care and emergency care use and higher ambulatory care use in older patients. (1/14)
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Study: Most students are exposed to food commercialism in schools
About 70% of elementary- and middle-school students and 90% of high-school students were exposed to certain forms of school-based food commercialism between 2007 and 2012, a study on the website of JAMA Pediatrics says. Food coupons were the most common type of commercialism, with 64% of elementary-school students attending schools that offered such incentives. Reuters (1/13), HealthDay News (1/13)
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Practice Update
Physician Medicare payment data available to the public March 18
The CMS will release physician payment data on a "case-by-case basis" after careful review of each request, according to officials. Care will be taken to weigh physician privacy concerns and prevent misuse of any data that is released, according to CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum. However, the American Medical Association and several other physician groups urged caution prior to the CMS announcement, citing concerns regarding limitations of the data, including that Medicare data is susceptible to misinterpretation and may represent only a small fraction of physicians' patients. (1/14)
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AHA report assesses leadership education among doctors
A white paper by the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum examines how hospitals can develop effective physician leaders to collaborate with in order to boost accountability and efficiency of health delivery systems. "Developing strong physician leaders working in concert with hospital and health system executives is essential to moving to the next level of health care delivery," said AHA Senior Vice President Dr. John Combes. AHA News Now (1/13)
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Young adults make up 24% of ACA enrollees
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday released a report showing that 24% of the almost 2.2 million people who signed up in federal and state insurance exchanges through December were 18 to 34 years old. "We are confident, based on the results we have now, that we'll have an appropriate mix," said HHS official Mike Hash. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/14), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/13), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/13)
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State governments take lead in employee wellness programs
Many state governments implement employee wellness plans to save money and improve health, and Richard Cauchi of the National Conference of State Legislatures said cash incentives are an important part of strategies to engage workers. Cauchi also said that state programs can influence wellness initiatives among private sector employers. (1/10)
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