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June 25, 2013
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Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study looks at nonadherence to diabetes drugs
    Twenty-four percent of diabetes patients older than 20 were nonadherent to their diabetes medications, according to an analysis presented at the ADA 73rd Scientific Sessions. Researchers said young adults, women, retail pharmacy users and those new to diabetes treatments were less likely to adhere to their prescriptions. Healio/Endocrine Today (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle program for obese with diabetes does not curb CVD events
    Overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who underwent intensive lifestyle intervention attained greater weight loss and better glycated hemoglobin, fitness levels and overall cardiovascular risk factors at one year compared with the control group, researchers reported at the ADA 73rd Scientific Sessions. However, the intervention did not meet the study's primary endpoint of reducing the rates of cardiovascular events such as nonfatal myocardial infarction and nonfatal stroke. The results appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. Healio/Endocrine Today (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher omega-3, leucine may boost beta-cell function
    Researchers found higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and leucine were associated with higher C-peptide concentration, which serves as a marker of insulin production, in children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes. However, researchers observed that increased vitamin D levels at baseline were linked to lower beta-cell function in patients two years later. The results were presented at the ADA 73rd Scientific Sessions and published online in Diabetes Care. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Exercise has positive effects on body fat, study finds
    Exercising regularly can cause the body to convert white fat into brown fat, which burns calories and could help prevent weight gain, according to a study presented at the ADA 73rd Scientific Sessions. "Our results showed that exercise doesn't just have beneficial effects on muscle, it also affects fat," said researcher Kristin Stanford. Bloomberg (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Practice Update 
  • Doctors raise concerns over Sunshine Act
    The CMS' Physician Payment Sunshine Act will make doctors and teaching hospitals' transactions with drug companies and medical technology manufacturers public starting Aug. 1, but some physicians voiced concerns, pointing out that over-interpreting such connections could be detrimental. Advocates of the Sunshine Act say the provision will help prevent conflicts of interest. While the burden of reporting transactions will fall mostly on drug companies and manufacturers, CMS notes it will benefit physicians to keep a record of all transactions with the companies. Modern Physician (free registration) (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Extended physician hours may lead to fewer child ED visits
    Children's visits to emergency departments were reduced by 50% if their primary care doctors had evening office hours at least five days per week, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. "These findings are an important step in understanding where primary-care practices and medical home programs can be most effective in making changes to enhance access," said study lead author Dr. Joe Zickafoose. HealthDay News (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Trends & Technology 
  • New insulin pump shows efficacy in reducing hypoglycemia
    Diabetes patients who used Medtronic's new insulin pump had about 32% fewer bouts of nocturnal hypoglycemia and 31.4% fewer daytime hypoglycemia episodes compared with patients using a standard insulin pump, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Participants who used the device also had lower hypoglycemia duration than those who did not use the device, researchers reported at the ADA 73rd Scientific Sessions. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ADA Scientific Sessions 
  • New study results will be presented by 8 researchers at ADA President's Oral Session II
    Eight researchers will report on a diverse range of studies during Tuesday's ADA President's Oral Session II. Topics will include using triple combination therapy for new-onset type 2 diabetes, the effects of basal insulin on cancer in diabetes patients at high risk of cardiovascular events and the efficacy of carbohydrate counting on glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes. Presentations will also highlight the impact of lifestyle interventions on gestational diabetes, cognitive decline in type 1 diabetes patients with microangiopathy, and hypoglycemia awareness and prevention. ADA Diabetes Dispatch (2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 experts will examine research on defective hypoglycemia counterregulation in diabetes
    In a Tuesday morning symposium on defective hypoglycemia counterregulation in diabetes, Dr. Barry Levin will explore how the brain senses low glucose levels and initiates the counterregulatory process. Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist will look at the mechanisms involved in hypoglycemia unawareness in diabetes, and Dr. Gerald Taborsky Jr. will discuss data suggesting that a neural defect plays a role in the early impairment of the glucagon response to insulin-induced hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes. The final speaker, Dr. Robert S. Sherwin, will explore pharmacologic modulation of the counterregulatory response to hypoglycemia. ADA Diabetes Dispatch (2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Conference Information 
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    Put the Scientific Sessions in the palm of your hand! Use ADA's Scientific Sessions app for on-the-go access to meeting information on your smartphone or other handheld device. Features include a customizable calendar and itinerary builder, meeting abstracts, exhibitor listing with interactive booth map, social media interface and special meeting alerts. Get the app. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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