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March 11, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • GLP-1 drugs may reduce risk of heart failure in diabetes
    Diabetes patients who took GLP-1 drugs were 41% less likely than those who took other glucose-lowering drugs to be hospitalized for heart failure, a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting indicated. Patients on GLP-1 drugs also had a 44% reduced risk of hospitalization for any reason and 80% lower risk of all-cause mortality compared with those on other diabetes medications, researchers said. News (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links GDM to higher type 2 diabetes risk
    Gestational diabetes was associated with an increased future risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a South Korean study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers said up to 50% of Asian women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within eight years of having a baby. Regular blood glucose monitoring after pregnancy is key for women who had gestational diabetes, the lead researcher said. (U.K.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients taking drug have less chest pain
    Data on 927 diabetes patients showed those who took Gilead Sciences' angina drug Ranexa had 3.8 episodes of chest pain per week, while those who received a placebo experienced 4.3 per week. Ranexa-treated patients also required less nitroglycerin, researchers reported at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Reuters (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Americans show optimism on health but may lack access to resources
    Despite data showing widespread obesity and diabetes, 90% of Americans see themselves as healthy, according to a survey by Penn, Schoen & Berland, while 81% see people in their communities as healthy. Respondents listed regular access to doctors and health care facilities as well as healthy food choices among the most important factors in their health. However, respondents who valued community health resources most had limited access to them. (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's diets may be swayed by celebrities
    Children were more likely to eat snack foods endorsed by celebrities, even when the celebrity was seen in a context other than the advertisement, according to a U.K. study to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Children did not consume any less of snack foods that were not endorsed by celebrities, indicating that endorsers' influence contributed to overeating, researchers said. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gardening program at school expands children's palate
    Children who attended kitchen garden classes were twice as likely to sample new foods as those who didn't participate in the program, Australian researchers reported in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. While parents' feedback showed no evidence the program boosted fruit and vegetable consumption at home, educators surveyed for the study said the children brought healthier lunches and snacks to school. Participants were also more adventurous in trying new foods. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Health care industry adds 32,000 jobs in Feb.
    Data from the Labor Department showed the health care industry generated 32,000 new jobs in February. Nursing homes added 9,000 personnel, while hospitals added about 9,000 positions, the report noted. Physician practices and outpatient centers added 14,000 jobs. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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