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March 20, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Intensive glucose control raises hypoglycemia risk in preemies
    Premature infants with hyperglycemia who received intensive glucose control therapy did not show better survival rates and had slower linear growth and a higher risk of hypoglycemia compared with those who had standard treatment, researchers reported in Pediatrics. Greater weight gain and head circumference were also observed in infants who had tight glycemic control. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Older children get more calories from added sugar
    Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed children ages 2 to 5 consumed less than 14% of their calories as added sugar, compared with 17.5% in males and 16.6% in females ages 12 to 19. The National Center for Health Statistics report also found whites consumed the greatest percentage of calories from sugar, while Mexican-Americans had the lowest. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neighborhood trails increase activity levels, study says
    University of Tennessee researchers who compared two low-income Chattanooga neighborhoods found that the one with a wide, 2-mile bike and walking trail connecting homes, schools, parks and retail had higher levels of vigorous activity than did the neighborhood that had regular sidewalks. The lead author said infrastructure changes are expensive but worth it. The findings were presented at an American Heart Association meeting. United Press International (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Expert says hospital consolidations to continue growing
    Mergers and acquisitions of not-for-profit hospitals and health systems will continue to grow even if the Supreme Court deems the health care law's individual mandate unconstitutional, according to Lisa Goldstein, associate managing director at Moody's Investors Service. Goldstein said if the mandate is overturned, it will create a "stumbling block" but not halt consolidation. HealthLeaders Media (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • ONC boosts nationwide exchange functions with Connect 3.3 launch
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched the Connect version 3.3 gateway software that includes Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange descriptions and technical standards to support functions such as document retrieval and patient discovery and query. The updated software is expected to enhance performance, help get ready for higher volumes and increase usability, says Lauren Thompson, director of Federal Health Architecture at the ONC. Government Health IT online (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. doctors optimistic about health care as a profession
    Data from the 2012 Future of Health Care Survey showed that 53% of Michigan physicians said they would recommend the health care profession, a rate far higher than the rest of the U.S., where only 11% of physicians said so. Researchers also found Michigan doctors were twice as optimistic as their peers nationally, said Dr. Steven Newman, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. Crain's Detroit Business (free registration) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Request for Applications: High-Risk Population Pilot Program
    The ADA seeks to support community-based pilot programs that: 1) test behavioral and communications strategies to improve diabetes-related health outcomes in high-risk minority populations; 2) measure intervention impact; 3) establish methodology for program expansion. Funding is limited to $25,000 for a 1-year period. High-Risk Population Pilot Program 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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