Panel recommends gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women | Leakage risk prompts recall of insulin pump cartridges | Researchers: Parental education, income affect obesity in teens
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January 14, 2014
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Panel recommends gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has urged all pregnant women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes to undergo screening for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the odds of complications. The recommendations were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Reuters (1/13), Clinical Endocrinology News (1/13)
Leakage risk prompts recall of insulin pump cartridges
Tandem Diabetes Care has voluntarily recalled specific cartridges for its t:slim insulin pumps after finding that certain products were prone to leaks, which may raise the odds of providing too much or too little insulin. The company said it has not received any customer complaints. San Diego Business Journal (1/12)
Nutrition & Wellness
Researchers: Parental education, income affect obesity in teens
Obesity rates in U.S. teens whose parents obtained a college education declined between 2003 and 2010-2011, falling to between 7% and 11%, but increased in 2010 to between 26% and 29% among adolescents who came from less-affluent families, data showed. Researchers also found that more teens from higher-income families engaged in physical activity and consumed fewer calories in 2011 compared with their poorer counterparts. The results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. HealthDay News (1/13)
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CDC study looks at obesity rates by profession
A CDC study of 28 occupation groups in Washington state found that 24.6% of workers were obese, and that people in protective services, trucking, transportation and materials moving, and cleaning and building services had the highest obesity rates. Survey data from more than 37,600 workers found that nurses and others in health-diagnosing jobs, food-service workers, engineers, lawyers, and natural and social scientists had the lowest obesity rates. MedicalDaily.com (1/10)
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Higher prices cut fast food purchases among blacks, less-educated
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed blacks and people with lower education levels were more likely than other customers to make fewer fast food purchases when prices increase. Rules influencing food prices "might have comparatively greater influence on the groups at highest risk for diet-related chronic diseases," researchers noted. Reuters (1/13)
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Practice Update
Scribes can help ease physician workloads
More physicians are using scribes to help them keep up with digital record-keeping and allow them to fully focus on patients during office visits. St. Louis family physician Dr. Jennifer Sewing said having a scribe do her electronic patient charts gives her more time for her own family at night, and researcher Dr. Christine Sinsky, a primary care physician in Iowa, said her recent study in Health Affairs found doctors using scribes were more satisfied with their work and career. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12)
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N.M. faces worsening physician shortage, officials say
New Mexico currently has 1,429 active primary physicians but requires another 219 for its population, officials announced. Data from a New Mexico Primary Care Association survey also showed 76 government-funded medical clinics had waiting times of one to four weeks for non-urgent appointments. Officials said the state's physician shortage will worsen because of residents getting insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act and thousands of new Medicaid patients expected this year. San Francisco Chronicle (free content)/The Associated Press/Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (1/12)
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Bill aims to boost physician training in Calif.
California state Sen. Anthony Cannella introduced Senate Bill 841, which seeks to allot $1 million from the state general fund in fiscal year 2014-2015 to help establish a traditional medical school at the University of California, Merced. The bill also seeks to allocate $1.855 million in 2015-2016 to double enrollment in the UC Merced Program in Medical Education. American City Business Journals/Sacramento (1/13)
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Trends & Technology
Health care industry still relies on paper documents, report finds
Despite the CMS doling out billions in EHR meaningful use incentives, an IDC Health Insights report showed 38% of health care documents today are still on paper. Researchers also found 62% of health care providers said the number of paper documents at their groups either increased or remained unchanged over the past year. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/13)
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Researchers examine offering nutrition education in gym class
The KidQuest program designed for fifth- and sixth-graders is being tested on 700 students at a Fremont, Neb., school to see whether teaching nutrition during physical-education class is more effective than teaching it separately. University of Nebraska researcher Melissa Wallinga said the goals include helping students make healthy food choices and finding more ways to be physically active. Fremont Tribune (Neb.) (1/11)
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