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March 5, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Diabetes patients have higher depression, anxiety risks
    Data on 2,981 adults showed those with osteoarthritis or diabetes had a twofold increased risk of long-term depressive or anxiety symptoms than those who had other chronic physical disorders. The findings were published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. DailyRx.com (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Poll: Americans back government efforts to boost health
    About 80% of Americans support government initiatives that aim to reduce childhood obesity, while 84% say the government should help diabetes patients better manage their condition, a survey in Health Affairs indicates. The survey also found that 84% said the government should make it easier to afford fruits and vegetables, 89% said children should get more lessons on the health risks of obesity and 88% said schools should provide least 45 minutes of physical education daily for children. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incentive program helps children get more physical activity
    Participation in an incentive-based outdoor intervention yielded modest improvements in children's physical activity, researchers from Singapore found. Despite helping children meet activity goals, the intervention did not improve BMI or boost the overall health of the participants. The findings appear in The Journal of Pediatrics. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dinnertime rules can backfire, experts say
    A survey by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health revealed 25% of U.S. parents tell their children to eat all the food on their plates, while 45% put restrictions on certain foods. However, requiring children to clean their plates or to eat their vegetables sends the wrong message about healthy foods and can backfire on parents, nutrition experts say. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics found that accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also report that commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Virtual assistants to help docs boost care delivery, survey says
    A survey conducted by Nuance Communications found 80% of participating physicians said virtual assistants would alter the way they utilize health care applications and EHRs over five years. Doctors also said mobile virtual assistants could boost health care delivery by improving their access to patient data and giving them more time to spend with patients. Healthcare IT News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Diabetes "Legacy" content now available online
    The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce the online availability of several decades' worth of legacy content from Diabetes, the Association's flagship research journal. Before completion of the Diabetes legacy project, PDFs were available online only for articles published in 2000 and later. Now, searchable PDF files of an additional 477 issues published between 1952 and 1999, comprising more than 8,500 articles and 60,000 pages of content, are accessible at http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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