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November 27, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Exercise improves glucose control in type 1 diabetes
    Performing either resistance or aerobic exercise may help curb blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes patients, a study in Diabetes Care showed. Resistance exercise was associated with lower initial reductions in blood glucose during activity but longer post-exercise glucose reductions compared with aerobic training, researchers said. (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BIMA graft boosts survival in cardiac surgery patients with diabetes
    Bilateral internal mammary artery bypass graft was associated with longer survival compared with single internal mammary artery graft in diabetes patients who had cardiac surgery, according to an analysis in the journal Circulation. Researchers said patients with BIMA grafting had a median survival that was more than three years longer than those with SIMA grafting. Medscape (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sweat glands hold wound healing potential in diabetes
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are examining the role of sweat glands in wound repair, hoping to develop treatments to enhance healing of conditions including diabetic ulcers. Sweat glands were able to produce keratinocyte outgrowths, which in turn may generate new epidermis, they said. The study appeared in the American Journal of Pathology. RedOrbit (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Survey finds people's ideal body weight rises over time
    A Gallup survey found that 59% of men and 69% of women were heavier than their average ideal weight by 1 or more pounds. Researchers also found that 60% of adults said their weight was just about right, despite the worsening obesity epidemic, suggesting that Americans are moving to higher ideal weights to change their expectations as their actual weights increase. (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parents are more mindful of children's nutrition than their own
    Data from the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2012 Food & Health Survey showed only 16% of parents reported having a very or extremely healthful diet. Also, almost 70% said they were more concerned about the nutritional content of foods and drinks they purchase for their children than about the ones they get for themselves. Researchers also found that only 12% of parents described their physical activity levels as vigorous, compared with 17% of non-parents. United Press International (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More consumers attempt to cut down on sugar and HFCS
    Seventy percent of Americans are trying to consume less sugar, while 63% say they are trying to lower their intake of high-fructose corn syrup, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. The results appear in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. FoodNavigator (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Experts find obstacles to ACO development
    Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey who are developing an accountable care organization have reported on a three-part approach to establishment and identified six major barriers that affect the process. The issues include conceptual, cultural, regulatory and financial barriers, researchers wrote in Health Affairs. News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • App serves as a personal wellness coach
    Researchers at California-based Lark have developed the Larklife application, designed to keep track of fitness, exercise, sleep and nutrition and to serve as a personal coach for health and productivity. The app collects real-time data through a wristband and gives users personalized reminders. Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10% of Americans have coverage through ACOs
    Accountable care organizations now cover as many as 31 million Americans, or 10% of the population, according to a new study by Oliver Wyman. ACOs now cover 2.4 million Medicare patients, 15 million non-Medicare patients in Medicare ACOs and between 8 million and 14 million non-Medicare patients in non-Medicare ACOs. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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