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March 8, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • NIH still recommends 2-step method in detecting GDM
    An independent NIH panel has recommended the continued use of the current two-step method in diagnosing gestational diabetes in U.S. women, as more studies may be needed to consider a one-step approach proposed by the International Association of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups. "The panel is particularly concerned about the adoption of new criteria that would increase the prevalence of GDM, and the corresponding costs and interventions, without clear demonstration of improvements in the most clinically important health and patient-centered outcomes," the panel said. Family Practice News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • More children engage in physical activity, report finds
    A report by the Partnership for a Healthier America revealed more than 1,700 U.S. cities promoted exercise in 2012 to help boost physical activity in nearly 3 million children. Researchers also noted a growing number of established or renovated grocery stores in "food deserts," providing more than half a million people with access to fresh and healthy produce. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Food stamps don't improve nutrition for children
    Regardless of whether they participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, most low-income children fail to meet national dietary recommendations for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Of those receiving SNAP benefits, about 19% are overweight and 18% are obese, researchers say, similar to percentages for low-income children not receiving SNAP benefits. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: People lose more weight when cash is involved
    Participants who received financial incentives for shedding pounds lost more than 9, compared with 2.3 pounds for those who were not paid to lose weight, a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology revealed. Researchers also found 62% of participants in the incentive group stayed with the health program, compared with 26% of those who were not paid. HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  Trends & Technology 
  • Software to help providers create custom care plans
    Wolters Kluwer Health has introduced a software program designed to aid health care professionals in creating customized medical care plans. The software, called ProVation Care Plans, is also intended to help ensure clinical adherence to diagnosis and intervention standards. BeckersASC.com (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--George Weinberg,
American psychologist, writer and activist


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