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December 20, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study: Early menopause may raise type 2 diabetes risk
    Women who went through menopause at a younger age had higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who were older when menopause started, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings suggest that women who enter menopause before age 40 "may be a high-risk group to target for diabetes screening," said epidemiologist Elsa Strotmeyer, who was not involved in the study. Medscape (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scoring system may predict cardiovascular death in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients with the highest coronary calcium score were more than 11 times as likely to die of heart disease than those with the lowest scores, a study indicated. The results suggest coronary calcium scoring may help providers evaluate diabetes patients at risk of cardiovascular death, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Kids' intake of fruits, veggies goes up with family meals
    Children whose families regularly ate meals together had higher fruit and vegetable intake compared with those who never had family meals, a British study found. Once- or twice-weekly family meals were also associated with increased fruit and vegetable intake in children, researchers wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health experts debunk detoxification
    While some exercises and diets promote their "detoxifying" capabilities, health experts are skeptical. No scientific data support the idea that fasting, yoga, meditation or sweating has any special ability to clear the body of toxins. "The human body is designed to get rid of what we don't need," said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, chief of women's sports medicine at Harvard Medical School. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Obama administration calls for resolution to SGR problem
    The Obama administration is calling for a permanent solution for Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula, along with $400 billion in health care cuts, sources said. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the White House proposed a plan with $1.3 trillion in new revenues and $850 billion in net spending cuts. Boehner, however, said a permanent fix to the SGR formula may not be imminent. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Survey examines health tech use among Americans
    According to a survey by Royal Philips Electronics, 27% of Americans surveyed use interactive, Internet-based tools instead of seeing a doctor, while 25% said they had utilized home-based diagnostic tools or symptom checker websites as much as they had seen a doctor. Eleven percent of respondents credited online health resources with saving their lives or preventing serious incapacitation. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Advanced Clinical Management of Diabetes & Its Complications Webcasts – Ends Dec. 31st
    Participate before Dec. 31st to earn up to 10.50 credits by viewing 16 webcasts. This comprehensive CME program is committed to enhancing professional skills in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes. Join diabetes experts as they discuss a range of issues from solving the oldest problems to maximizing the newest solutions for patients with diabetes. Learn more about this module and other educational opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
--Nathaniel Hawthorne,
American author

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