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March 16, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • High white-rice intake is tied to type 2 diabetes
    An analysis in the British Medical Journal found that people who had the highest consumption of white rice were 12% to 55% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were those who had the lowest consumption. Researchers said more study is needed to confirm the findings, and they emphasized that people should focus on their overall diets, not just a single food. Yahoo!/Agence France-Presse (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Omics information IDs diabetes onset in Stanford researcher
    The use of an integrative personal omics profile helped identify certain gene variants associated with type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension in Stanford University researcher Michael Snyder, who used himself as the subject for the study in the journal Cell. The findings, which led to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, indicate that omics information holds great promise for personalized medicine, the researchers said. GenomeWeb Daily News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Parents' weight loss influences weight loss in children
    Obese children whose parents also participated in a weight-loss program and dropped pounds were more likely to lose weight compared with those whose parents did not slim down, a study in Obesity showed. The findings suggest doctors should promote weight loss among parents to help manage the weight of their obese children, researchers said. The Daily Mail (London) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better diet adherence is seen with electronic-diary use
    Data on 210 overweight and obese patients showed that those who used a personal digital assistant that provided individualized feedback on diet and exercise were more likely to meet their daily calorie and fat intake goals and weekly exercise targets compared with those who used either a paper diary or a PDA without feedback. Participants who received feedback also lost more than 5% of their weight at six months, but weight loss was similar in all groups at 24 months, researchers reported at an American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links lack of sleep to higher calorie intake
    A Mayo Clinic study found that people who got 80 minutes less sleep at night ate an average of 549 more calories during the day compared with those who were not sleep-deprived, but both groups burned similar amounts of energy. The study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting, linked a lack of sleep to higher leptin and lower ghrelin levels, but researchers said the changes probably came from overeating rather than causing people to overeat. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight loss around midsection improves blood flow, study shows
    A six-month weight-loss study showed that losing belly fat could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by helping arteries to expand as needed so blood flows more freely. Johns Hopkins University researchers, who reported their findings at an American Heart Association meeting, also found that participants on a low-carb diet lost an average of 10 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet. United Press International (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Health care organizations release brochures to boost PHR use
    Several health care groups, including the American Diabetes Association, have worked together on brochures that explore the reasons for using personal health records. The brochures were released in two versions, one for clinicians and another for patients, and were "designed to help improve consumers' familiarity and comfort level with PHR tools and encourage more participation and adoption," according to the organizations. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  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
  • Leading health organizations team up against NCDs
    The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined forces in the global battle against noncommunicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory diseases. Combined, these four deadly diseases accounted for approximately 63% of global deaths in 2008 and have the capacity to cripple national economies, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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