Pancreatic cancer patients show higher diabetes rates | Study touts resistance training for older patients with diabetes | Treatment combo shows type 2 diabetes benefits
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March 14, 2013
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Pancreatic cancer patients show higher diabetes rates
Data on 500 cancer patients showed that those with pancreatic cancer had a higher prevalence of new-onset diabetes compared with cancer-free controls and patients with other forms of cancer. "Our results lend further credence to the hypothesis that new-onset DM is indeed unique to PaC and is relatively uncommon in other patients with cancers and those without cancer, suggesting that it is not merely a reflection of an increased risk of PaC in patients with DM, but rather an early manifestation of the cancer," researchers wrote in the journal Pancreas. Healio (3/13)
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Study touts resistance training for older patients with diabetes
Progressive resistance training improved insulin resistance and glucose control among older patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study of 103 adults published on the website of Diabetes Care. "We saw improvements in metabolic health similar to those seen with the addition of a second diabetic medication," lead researcher Yorgi Mavros said. Previous studies have shown that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training yields the best outcomes. Medscape (free registration) (3/13)
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Treatment combo shows type 2 diabetes benefits
Combining hyperbaric oxygen therapy with stem cell treatment helped four type 2 diabetes patients to discontinue insulin use at one week, according to a study published in Cell Transplantation. Researchers also found that in the year after treatment, 15 patients were able to reduce their insulin requirement, and 10 patients halted or reduced metformin therapy. (U.K.) (3/13)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Study shows how lack of sleep can lead to weight gain
Young, healthy adults who were restricted to five hours of sleep per night and had unlimited access to food gained about 2 pounds in less than two weeks, according to research from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the study participants ate less at breakfast, but their after-dinner snacking added up to more calories than any other individual meal. CBS News (3/12)
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Structured weight-loss program improves BMI in poor children
More than half of overweight or obese children from low-income families who participated in the TennCare Weight Watchers Partnership Program, a structured weight-management initiative, improved their BMI scores, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. The results suggest that physicians should consider referring young patients to such programs to combat obesity, researchers said. (3/13)
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Practice Update
Most physicians say sequester cuts would affect their health groups
A survey by the American College of Physician Executives revealed that 57.5% of responding physician leaders said sequestration budget cuts would affect their organizations. However, 21.4% said budget cuts wouldn't affect their groups, while 21.2% reported being uncertain of the effects. Modern Physician (free registration) (3/13)
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ED docs who reach out to patients have higher satisfaction scores
A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine showed doctors who followed up on their emergency department patients via phone or e-mail received an 87.7% mean satisfaction score, compared with 79.4% for those who did not reach out to their patients. Researchers said better patient satisfaction translates to better compliance with emergency physicians' instructions. American Medical News (free content) (3/11)
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Trends & Technology
Poll shows consumers' concerns over health data security
Seventy-three percent of consumers said they would be very or somewhat concerned if a health care provider accessed their medical data using a personal mobile device, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. Five percent of respondents said they would not be at all concerned, and 18% were neutral on the issue. (3/13)
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LifeScan diabetes app receives FDA 510(k) clearance
LifeScan's OneTouch Reveal Diabetes Application has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The iPhone app is designed to store the results of up to 2,500 blood glucose tests. (3/12)
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ADA News
Biologic Responses to Weight Loss and Weight Regain Research Symposium
The American Diabetes Association will convene national and global research expertise on April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The activity, co-chaired by Dr. Rudolph Leibel and Dr. Randy Seeley, will focus on the regulation of energy balance and the physiology of weight regain following weight loss. ABSTRACTS deadline is extended to March 15. View the abstract form and submission guidelines.
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