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March 1, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • High C-reactive protein levels raise AMD, DME risk in studies
    Participants whose high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels were greater than 3 mg/L at baseline were more than twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than those who had lower rates, a study indicated. Another study found high hsCRP rates were associated with increased risk of clinically significant macular edema and retinal hard exudates in young adults with type 1 diabetes. The findings appear in JAMA Ophthalmology. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Fewer hours spent on housework may fuel obesity in women
    U.S. women in 2010 were an average of 22 pounds heavier than they were in 1965 and spent 13.3 hours on household chores per week versus 25.7 hours a week 45 years earlier, suggesting that fewer hours spent on household chores may play a role in obesity, a study in PLOS One found. The results suggest that women and people in general should incorporate more activity and exercise in their everyday activities, the study's lead author said. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. food banks adopt health-focused strategies, study says
    U.S. food banks have adopted policies to promote healthier foods and beverages, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity interviewed officials with 20 food banks and found they offer more fresh produce and less junk food and evaluate the health value of the products being distributed using nutrition-profiling systems. The Baltimore Sun/Picture of Health blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  Trends & Technology 
  • Prescribing on paper remains widespread, study finds
    A study by MediScripts revealed the use of paper prescriptions was more than 60% higher than use of e-prescriptions in 2012, despite advances in the technology's adoption rates. "Prescribers are considering e-prescribing systems, which are rapidly adapting to meet their needs, but until physicians gain comfort with the technology, many will continue to depend on ... pen and paper," said MediScripts CEO Erez Lapsker. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes management software from Tandem gets FDA OK
    The FDA has cleared Tandem Diabetes Care to market its t:connect diabetes management software. The technology, set to be released next month, provides diabetes patients and their doctors with electronic access to information from the company's t:slim insulin delivery systems and blood glucose monitors. San Diego Business Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • New, free CME/CE opportunity -- Self-assessment program on exercise and diabetes
    This self-assessment program consists of clinical problem-solving multiple choice questions and educational critiques. It is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the relationship between exercise and diabetes. Credit is available for all health care professionals. Learn more about this module and other educational opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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