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October 17, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Gastric liner boosts glucose markers in study
    Type 2 diabetes patients who received a duodenal-jejunal liner showed a mean A1C of 7.5% at 52 weeks, compared with 8.6% at baseline, according to a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Researchers also noted significant improvements in fasting glucose, acute glucose response and insulin resistance in patients. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roche gains FDA nod for next-gen blood glucose monitor
    Roche has received FDA clearance for the ACCU-CHEK Inform II device, a blood glucose testing system tailored for hospital use. The system, set to be released in the U.S. starting this month, uses new patented technology to ensure better accuracy and allow automatic wireless transmission of patient data between hospital and laboratory personnel. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study links TV watching to reduced life span
    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study showed the life expectancy of a person older than 25 was reduced by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. The findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that a sedentary lifestyle poses adverse health effects similar to smoking and obesity, researchers said. (Australia) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Biggest Loser" study shows diet plus exercise is best model
    NIH researchers analyzed data on 11 participants on "The Biggest Loser" TV show and then used a mathematical model to show that diet and moderate exercise were best for reducing fat and preserving muscle, compared with diet alone. The researchers, whose study was published on the website of the journal Obesity, calculated that moderate lifestyle changes, such as getting 20 minutes of vigorous exercise daily and cutting calories by 20%, are enough to maintain weight loss. Occupational Health & Safety (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Desks that allow workers to stand may improve health
    Work desks that allow employees to stand may reduce health risks, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that are linked to sedentary jobs, researchers reported in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Researchers said the use of sit-stand workstations was associated with a 224% increase in nonsitting behavior, which equates to a 16.1% decrease in sedentary time. Medscape (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Physicians Practice names Idaho the best place to practice medicine
    With its low cost of living, low level of disciplinary action against physicians and tradition of physician independence, the Physicians Practice's Best States to Practice ranking named Idaho the best state to practice medicine, followed by Alabama, Texas, Nevada and South Carolina. Physicians Practice has also developed a clickable U.S. map to help users view specific data by state and the My Best States to Practice tool that enables manipulation of metrics. United Press International (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Expert breaks down 5 key developments in stage 2 MU
    The second stage of the meaningful use criteria presents plenty of tweaks and tougher standards that health care groups must meet to qualify for full EHR incentives. Dan Prevost of Arcadia Solutions has identified five of the challenging issues that providers must focus on in stage 2, including structured lab test results and patient data access. Healthcare IT News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Willingness to adopt PHR is important to health literacy
    A person's interest in adopting a personal health record is a more important factor in health literacy than demographic factors such as education level, age and income, according to a study in the online journal Perspectives in Health Information Management. The study indicated that 71% of patients who had a high school education or less attested their interest in using a PHR. Researchers also found that 75% of the subjects in the lowest income category expressed their willingness to adopt a PHR. Healthcare Informatics online (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
--Eric Hoffer,
American social writer

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