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April 19, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • SPK transplant has no survival benefits for type 2 diabetes patients
    Data on 6,416 type 2 diabetes patients revealed those who underwent simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation had an 82% five-year survival rate compared with 75.5% in those who had deceased-donor kidney transplantation alone. However, researchers said the difference was related to younger donor and recipients ages in the SPK group. The study also found that the five-year death-censored graft survival was 86.2% in SPK recipients and 82.6% in those who had DDKA, a non-significant difference. The findings appear in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Renal and Urology News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Mediterranean diet plus exercise improves metabolic syndrome
    Patients with metabolic syndrome who followed a Mediterranean diet plus a moderate- to high-intensity exercise regime had greater improvements in health-related quality of life measures and lost more weight compared with those who did not exercise, according to a Spanish study in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology. Olive Oil Times (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most adults support national standards for foods sold at schools
    A survey by Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project showed most respondents agreed that food items students buy from vending machines or school stores were not nutritious, and 80% expressed support for a national standard for foods sold at schools. The USDA's guidelines on school food items are expected to be released in June, experts said. Reuters (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests ways to move to plant-based diets
    A study in the journal Appetite said getting consumers to eat a more plant-based diet requires challenging existing meal formats, including putting lentils with meat in food groupings. The Dutch researchers said incremental changes could start with a move toward vegetarian meals using fish, eggs and cheese instead of meats, followed by combining unfamiliar and familiar foods, such as putting insect protein in processed foods, and reducing meat portions. FoodNavigator (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research: Plenty of food choices in poor urban neighborhoods
    Two new studies, published in Social Science and Medicine and The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, contradict prevailing wisdom about poor urban neighborhoods with high obesity rates, finding plentiful food choices. "It is always easy to advocate for more grocery stores," said Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, who was not involved in the research. "But if you are looking for what you hope will change obesity, healthy food access is probably just wishful thinking." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • EHR use increased among doctors, ONC official says
    The number of primary care doctors who use EHRs has increased from 20% to 40% over the past two years, said Dr. Doug Fridsma, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Interoperability, at the recent ICD-10 Summit sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association. Fridsma stated that an incremental approach is important in establishing the basis for an interoperable health information exchange. "We are making real progress on EHR adoption, and we are developing a workforce that is beginning to be trained to support this progress," he said. Healthcare Informatics online (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Mobile app manages patients, aids provider collaboration
    NIIT Healthcare Technologies recently confirmed the availability of its MASH mobile platform, equipped with a secure messaging feature that clinicians can use to communicate with each other. The iPad platform was designed to boost alliance among providers, lessen accounts receivable time and accelerate the check-in time of patients by 80%. Patients can also use the application to find their way around medical facilities, pay their bills and make appointments. (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Get CME credits by participating in the Simulation Case Program
    The ADA Simulation Case Program, powered by TheraSim, is a case simulation program designed to evaluate and reinforce best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes. During the program, participants are able to engage in a physician/patient interview, review patient history, order lab tests, make a diagnosis and design a treatment strategy. The resulting feedback is delivered instantly. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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