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October 19, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • A1C improvements curb 5-year mortality risk in diabetes
    Data on 12,359 type 2 diabetes patients with poor glucose control revealed those who showed A1C improvements were less likely to die of any cause within five years compared with those who had no improvement in glucose levels. Participants with improved A1C were also less likely than those with poor glycemic control to develop coronary heart disease and experience fatal cardiovascular disease, researchers noted. The results were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. InternalMedicineNews.com (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes genes raise heart damage risk in study
    Type 2 diabetes patients who had a family history of the disease, or belonged to an ethnic group with a higher diabetes risk, had a higher risk of cardiovascular damage than other diabetes patients, a study in Diabetes Care indicated. Researchers analyzed 36 genes known to increase a person's diabetes risk and found heart disease risk increased by 3% for every additional diabetes-risk gene. The Huffington Post/EverydayHealth.com (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties diabetes, smoking to lens opacities
    Diabetes, older age and smoking were associated with nuclear, cortical and posterior subcapsular lens opacities in participants, data from the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study showed. However, better diabetes management and quitting smoking may reduce the risk of lens opacities, researchers reported in the journal Ophthalmology. Healio/Ocular Surgery News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • U.S. cholesterol levels fall with drugs, healthier diets
    Cholesterol drug treatments and reductions in trans fat intake helped decrease cholesterol levels in the U.S. despite rising rates of obesity in the last two decades, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said total cholesterol dropped to 196 milligrams per deciliter of blood for 2007-2010, compared with 206 mg/dL in 1988-1994. The Seattle Times/Bloomberg (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Counseling boosts fruit intake, but not veggie intake, exercise
    African-American adults who were counseled about eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more exercise to prevent cancer and heart disease did increase their fruit intake over the next month, according to research from the Medical University of South Carolina. The study, presented at a cancer conference, found that participants did not eat any more vegetables or get additional exercise, however, and researchers said they will follow up to see if those two components come into play beyond the one-month study period. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Physician empathy, service drive patient satisfaction, survey finds
    A Harris Interactive survey showed 79% of respondents who went to their doctors at least once in the past year were extremely or very satisfied with the visit, 42% of whom said customer service played a role in their feelings about their experience. Specifically, respondents cited visit duration and physician empathy among other factors as key contributors to overall satisfaction. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS touts progress with federal meaningful use program
    The federal program to offer incentives to Medicaid and Medicare providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs has made strides despite some growing pains, CMS officials said. Almost 20,000 eligible professionals and about 81% of eligible hospitals have signed up for the program, and about $7.7 billion in incentive payments has been issued as of last month, officials said. Government Health IT online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Startup unveils app to inform users on small activities' health benefits
    A mobile application from startup firm 100Plus that uses the data set of Practice Fusion aims to help people improve their health by making small behavior changes. The app has a Lifescore feature, which offers information on how small activities such as walking or taking the stairs instead of an escalator influence users' long-term health. MobiHealthNews.com (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • American Diabetes Association's 2012 Disparities Partnership Forum – Oct. 22 & 23
    For four years, the American Diabetes Association has convened a forum that provided a platform to address the severe onset of type 2 diabetes in high-risk populations. Next week, the Association will be holding its 5th Disparities Partnership Forum, entitled Overcoming Diabetes: Diabetes Care in High Risk Populations. The goal of this year's Forum is to collaborate with partners to address the disparity of cultural competency, health literacy and health equity in health care, specifically in populations at highest risk for type 2 diabetes. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Peer reviewed highlights from the 72nd Scientific Sessions - MD Conference Express
    The highlights of the meeting are written from primary sources and are peer-reviewed to ensure that the advances in diabetes care are reported with accuracy and balance. The publication is a valuable resource and has proven to be an enduring reference of the meeting. Read about the clinical trial summaries, therapeutic updates and more today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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