Polyneuropathy patients may not benefit from tibial decompression | Study looks at brain structure in children with diabetes | FDA makes distinction between point-of-care and OTC glucose monitors
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January 13, 2014
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Polyneuropathy patients may not benefit from tibial decompression
Despite previous research indicating its potential in pain relief, tibial nerve decompression did not appear to offer improvements for patients with diabetes-related polyneuropathy, researchers found. The results were published in Diabetes Care. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (1/10)
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Study looks at brain structure in children with diabetes
Pediatric type 1 diabetes patients had lower axial diffusivity in the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes compared with those without diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also saw an association between cognitive ability and white matter structure in children with type 1 diabetes, but not in the nondiabetes group. NewsDaily/Reuters (1/9)
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FDA makes distinction between point-of-care and OTC glucose monitors
Two proposals from the FDA outline separate guidelines for over-the-counter blood glucose monitors and those used at the point of care. The guidelines propose, among other things, that both devices be required to adopt strict disinfectant regimens, but with an emphasis on infection control for point-of-care devices. The proposals are up for comment for 90 days. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/9)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Children's physical activity can increase with parental encouragement
Among more than 1,300 fifth-graders and their parents in Alberta, Canada, parental encouragement to exercise was associated with increased levels of physical activity, according to a study in the journal BMC Public Health. Researchers noted that parents were more likely to encourage boys than girls to keep active. Reuters (1/10)
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Study: Avocado may help curb hunger in overweight people
A study in Nutrition Journal says overweight people who ate half of an avocado felt 26% more satisfied after the meal, had 40% less desire to eat three hours later and had 28% less need to eat five hours later compared with those who ate a standard lunch. Researchers said data showed that participants who ate avocado did not see spikes in blood glucose levels. Medical News Today (1/10)
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Practice Update
Study quantifies physicians' views on payment, administrative burdens
According to the 2013 Exclusive Physician Earnings Survey, 68% of responding physicians were worried about the impact of fees and reimbursement, while 56% cited paperwork as a concern and 54% were worried about the impact of the health care overhaul. Researchers also found 29% were concerned about doctor shortages, while 28% noted worries about EHRs and 17% expressed concern about accountable care organizations. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/10)
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Report: 1 in 5 patients lives in area with primary care shortage
A Stateline report found nearly 20% of Americans reside in areas that fall short on primary care providers. Data also showed more than 50% of patient populations in both Louisiana and Mississippi live in communities with a primary care physician shortage, while Arizona, Idaho, Illinois and four other states were among those with 25% to 29% of their population who had poor access to primary care. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/10)
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Study finds lack of engagement among senior leaders on safety WalkRounds
A study in BMJ Quality & Safety found senior leaders at teaching hospitals who don't agree with recommended WalkRound principles may exhibit counterproductive behaviors and may spur conflict with front-line staff. The results underscore the need for increased preparedness among senior leaders to prevent these behaviors, researchers said. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/10)
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Trends & Technology
Group launches interactive case studies on high value care
The American College of Physicians has introduced a series of interactive High Value Care case studies designed to boost clinicians' awareness on benefits, adverse effects and expenses associated with tests and treatment options for common conditions. "Doctors and other health care professionals can use these case studies to learn how to balance the clinical benefits of diagnostic and treatment options with harms and costs with the goal of improving patient outcomes," said ACP senior physician educator Dr. Cynthia Smith. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/10)
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