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July 25, 2011
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Hemoglobin test may fall short in diagnosing diabetes in teens
    A study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that the glycated hemoglobin test scored poorly in diagnosing diabetes in adolescents compared with adults, and accuracy didn't improve with the use of two-hour plasma glucose measurements. The findings suggest that the HbA1c test may be less effective in diagnosing and monitoring the disease in adolescents, experts said. (U.K.) (7/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes, obesity raise risk of open-angle glaucoma
    Patients with diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure and obesity face greater risk of developing open-angle glaucoma, a study found. Experts said the odds of having the disease were 35% in patients with diabetes and 14% in those who were obese. Those with both diabetes and hypertension faced a 48% risk. The findings appear in the journal Ophthalmology. OSN SuperSite (7/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Omega-3s from seafood and plants might reduce diabetes risk
    Data from U.S. and Chinese studies indicate that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids from plants and seafood reduced a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, according to reports in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One expert said it was interesting that the Chinese tests showed a risk reduction when measuring by food intake, while the U.S. study used blood levels of ALA, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. NutraIngredients (7/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Liver, abdominal fat ups heart disease risk in obese
    Excessive abdominal and liver fat can elevate heart disease risk in obese individuals, with those at highest risk having a significantly high liver lipid profile and impaired triglyceride removal abilities, a study found. The findings in the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association suggest that measuring abdominal and liver fat may help predict cardiovascular disease in obese people. Yahoo!/Asian News International (7/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Childhood obesity may coincide with safety-net status
    Combating stress in low-income families through programs such as food stamps may also help curb childhood obesity, a study in Obesity Reviews suggests. "We've found ... that stress is a leading cause of obesity among children. So if there's any way we can reduce stressors from a policy standpoint, that will also have the effect of reducing obesity," researcher Craig Gundersen says. United Press International (7/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts tie obesity to food variety and choices
    An opinion piece in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that diversity in menus might encourage excessive food consumption. Results of several studies, including one in Behavioural Processes showing that participants ate 43% more M&M's if a bowl contained 10 colors instead of seven, suggest that reducing food choices might combat obesity. The Independent (London)/Relaxnews (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Health CIOs ask HHS to scale back disclosure in HIPAA rule
    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has called on the HHS Office for Civil Rights to lower the requirements on data that should be provided to patients under a proposed HIPAA rule. The group of health CIOs and other executives also urged the office not to include access report mandates from the final rule, saying "the ability to aggregate hundreds or even thousands of access events in any automated fashion is not realistic for most covered entities." Healthcare IT News (7/21), Health Data Management (7/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds need to better communicate EHR benefits to patients
    A Xerox survey of 2,720 people found that many have doubts about the safety of personal data stored in electronic health records, with about 80% citing theft of personal information as their biggest concern. "Providers need to start conveying the benefits of electronic records, particularly the security advantages over today's paper-based system," said Paul Solverson of Xerox affiliate ACS. Healthcare IT News (7/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • N.Y. extension center selects e-MDs as partner
    Regional health IT extension center New York eHealth Collaborative has partnered with e-MDs to help providers in the state achieve meaningful use of EHRs. "NYeC's mission is to improve the quality of patient care through health information technology. This partnership program will contribute to that goal and benefit the public good," said NYeC Executive Director Dave Whitlinger. Healthcare IT News (7/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    A summary in Friday's DiabetesPro SmartBrief said Sanofi's Acomplia would be made available in the U.K. The source article originally was published in 2006. All clinical trials of the drug were suspended in 2008. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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