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October 16, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Psoriasis raises vascular risk in diabetes patients
    A study presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology meeting revealed patients with comorbid diabetes and psoriasis were more likely than their psoriasis-free counterparts to develop microvascular and macrovascular complications. Data from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan medical records database showed 29.2% of patients with the comorbid conditions suffered incident microvascular conditions and 28.6% developed macrovascular complications at five years, compared with 26% and 25.7%, respectively, in the control group. Family Practice News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep deprivation affects insulin resistance, study finds
    Lack of sleep resulted in a 30% reduction in insulin response in the fat cells of participants, according to a small study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also found that sleep-deprived participants had nearly three times higher insulin rates compared with those who were well-rested, which could increase their risk of type 2 diabetes. HealthDay News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Intensive ranibizumab treatment boosts DME outcomes
    Intensive therapy with ranibizumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor, fared better than laser therapy alone or laser therapy plus ranibizumab in improving best-corrected visual acuity and foveal thickness in diabetic macular edema patients between 24 and 36 months, a study indicated. The findings in the Archives of Ophthalmology demonstrate that using anti-VEGF agents is safe and effective for treating DME, researchers noted. Medscape (free registration) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gastrointestinal problems tied to islet autoimmunity in some children
    A higher incidence of gastrointestinal problems was linked to greater likelihood of islet autoimmunity in children introduced to gluten-containing grains early or late in infancy, according to a study in the journal Diabetes Care. Researchers examined more than 1,700 children, about a third of whom had a family history of type 1 diabetes, and found that 109 patients showed persistent islet autoimmunity. News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Zonisamide shows weight benefits, but poses risk of side effects
    About 55% of obese participants who took 400 milligrams of epilepsy drug zonisamide daily for one year lost 5% or more of their initial weight, compared with 34% in a lower-dose group and 31% in a placebo group, a study found. However, participants who took zonisamide had a higher risk of side effects than did those in the nonmedication group. The results appear on the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Young children need 3 hours of exercise daily
    A commentary in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine says medical organizations in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. agree that children younger than 6 should be active for at least three hours a day, spread throughout the day. Researchers said, however, that studies have yet to determine how much physical activity is needed for young children to avoid obesity. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Data reveal uptick in physician office visits
    Primary care visits from patients with insurance reached 12.7 patients per day in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 12.4 per day during the same period last year, while visits to specialists also inched up, according to Truven Health Analytics. Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other federal and private initiatives designed to improve health care and curb costs may explain the uptick, a Truven official said. American Medical News (free content) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency invests nearly $230M to improve primary care access
    HHS invested nearly $230 million in the National Health Service Corps this year to aid doctors and nurses while bolstering primary care access, the agency announced. Close to 4,600 loan repayment grants and scholarships were awarded to health care professionals and students, and grants to 32 states were included in the investments. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • People happy with their community are healthier, poll shows
    A Gallup poll of more than 353,000 people found those who are happy with their community are healthier than those who are not. The survey found people who said their community was safe for exercise scored 16 points higher on a physical health index than those who said their area was not a safe place for a workout. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • ADA 2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award: Call for Nominations
    Now through Nov. 16 (8 p.m. EDT), the American Diabetes Association is seeking nominations for the 2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award. The Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement is the highest scientific award of the American Diabetes Association and is awarded annually to honor highly meritorious career achievement in the field of diabetes research. The recipient of this award will deliver the 2013 Banting Lecture at the 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21 to 25, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Learn more and nominate. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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