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September 25, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Increase in pre-pregnancy diabetes, GDM rates seen in study
    The estimated rate of gestational diabetes and pre-pregnancy diabetes increased from 5% to 8.7% among whites and from 5.7% to 9.7% among blacks from 1980 to 2008, according to a study presented at an Obesity Society meeting. One researcher stressed that more needs to be done to help curb pre-pregnancy diabetes and to prevent gestational diabetes patients from developing type 2 diabetes. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Whey protein may hold promise for diabetes
    Whey protein isolates and concentrates may help address type 2 diabetes and prevent the onset of obesity, an Israeli report found. Researchers said whey protein releases bioactive peptides and amino acids that boost the production of certain gut hormones, which in turn may help bolster insulin secretion from beta cells. The findings appear in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Xylitol intake boosts glucose, lipid profiles in study
    A five-week xylitol supplementation resulted in better food and fluid intake, body mass and blood glucose levels as well as serum fructosamine, lipid profile, serum insulin concentration and glucose tolerance in rats with diabetes, a study found. The results suggest xylitol may be a safe substitute for sugar and may help stave off type 2 diabetes, researchers reported in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Web-based weight-loss programs enhance wellness campaign effects
    Data on 5,169 community wellness campaign participants showed those who underwent an Internet-based program with optional group sessions lost more weight compared with those who followed the wellness campaign alone or the wellness campaign with an Internet-based program. The findings demonstrate that an online component may boost weight reduction and program retention, researchers reported at an Obesity Society meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Playing active video games can boost energy expenditure
    A small U.K. study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that children ages 11 to 15 who played active video games experienced sizable increases in oxygen uptake and heart rate. The energy expenditure of children who played "Dance Central" and "Kinect Sports: Boxing" rose by 150% and 263%, respectively, researchers said. News (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • IOM recommends measures to prevent health care waste
    With unneeded services, fraud and excessive costs accounting for 30% of health care expenses in 2009, the Institute of Medicine has recommended that doctors and other health care providers take part in a learning system that adopts a team-based approach to medical care and utilizes novel clinical support tools and payment models that tie performance to outcomes. The organization also highlighted the importance of technology adoption among health professionals to bolster patient care. American Medical News (free content) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHRQ drafts system for patients to report medical mistakes
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking approval on a prototype questionnaire that would encourage patients to report health care providers' errors and drug-related adverse events. The questionnaires or program information would be available at hospitals, doctors' offices and pharmacies and mailed to patients along with insurers' explanations of benefits. Researchers at the RAND Corp. and ECRI Institute would analyze the reports. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • BD's device reduces pain for patients taking injectable insulin
    BD has introduced the Ultra-Fine Nano, a 4-millimeter needle used for insulin injection. The device, which is used to minimize the pain tied to daily bolusing, incorporates the company's patented PentaPoint tip design to make it more comfortable for diabetes patients to receive insulin injections. (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Patients want online tech; providers' systems can't keep up
    Patients are eager to adopt Web-based health care platforms, but the systems of many health care providers don't support engagement, according to a survey conducted by Optum Institute. The poll showed that 70% of respondents are equipped with basic EMR capabilities while 40% of providers were capable of engaging with consumers through e-mail or by offering them access to their medical records. Healthcare Informatics online (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Free CME/CE activity: Self Assessment Program on the Therapeutic Options for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes
    The American Diabetes Association Self-Assessment Programs (ADA-SAP™): Therapeutic Options for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the options available therapeutic options. Participate today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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