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October 23, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study links diabetes to higher Barrett's esophagus risk
    A population-based, case-control study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting revealed type 2 diabetes patients were at an increased risk of developing Barrett's esophagus, with a stronger association seen in men than in women. Researchers also found BE patients were more likely to have a higher BMI compared with the control group. Healio (10/22), (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better A1C levels seen with regular blood glucose monitoring
    Patients with type 2 diabetes not on insulin who monitored their blood glucose levels at least once daily attained the greatest improvements in A1C compared with those who checked less frequently and those who did not check at all, a study found. Regular blood glucose monitoring was also associated with increased medication adherence in patients, researchers said. The results appear in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. Drug Store News (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes bundle care model curbs heart, stroke risks
    The use of a diabetes bundle care model and EHR tools fared better than standard primary care in reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack and retinopathy in patients within three years, researchers reported in the Learning Health System Commentary Series. "The promising success of this new system hinged on creating a culture of team-based care, judicious use of EHR tools, having accurate clinical information, and aligning team incentives," researchers said. (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bean intake helps lower blood glucose rates in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who ate a cup of beans or lentils daily showed greater improvements in blood glucose levels at three months compared with those who ate more whole-wheat items, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated. Participants on the bean diet also had a reduced estimated 10-year risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers noted. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Parental stress may increase childhood-obesity risk
    Parents with a higher number of stressors were more likely to have obese or overweight children than were those with fewer stressors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers found that parental stress did not significantly affect children's fruit and vegetable intake or their physical-activity levels. WebMD (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students eat less junk food when schools offer free fruit
    Students in Norway who were offered free fruit during school were less likely to consume junk food and drink soda, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that in 2008, after Norwegian schools implemented fruit programs, students consumed, on average, 4.4 unhealthy snacks each week -- down from 6.6 per week before the program began. Research shows the programs were most effective among disadvantaged students. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Patient surveys can help educate staff, improve medical practices
    Better-performing medical practices survey patients about their satisfaction and leverage the findings to examine and boost practice operations as well as educate staff and doctors regarding their behavior, according to a study by the Medical Group Management Association. The study also showed the top multi-specialty practices posted lower overall operating costs as a percentage of total medical revenue compared with other practices. Healthcare Informatics online (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • ADA 2013 Albert Renold Award: Call for Nominations
    Now through Nov. 16 (8 p.m. EDT), the American Diabetes Association is seeking nominations for the 2013 Albert Renold Award. Given in the memory of Dr. Albert Renold, this annual award recognizes an individual who has a career distinguished by outstanding achievements in mentorship and/or creation of a robust environment for diabetes research. The recipient will receive complimentary housing and registration to attend the 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21 to 25, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Learn more and nominate. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free CME/CE activity: Self-Assessment Program on the Therapeutic Options for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes – Ends Oct. 31st
    The American Diabetes Association Self-Assessment Programs (ADA-SAP™): Therapeutic Options for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the available therapeutic options. Participate today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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