Study: Metformin helps pancreatic cancer patients with diabetes | Updated label touts Victoza's superiority for type 2 diabetes | Experts ID genes that trigger common childhood obesity
April 9, 2012
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Study: Metformin helps pancreatic cancer patients with diabetes
A study in Clinical Cancer Research revealed that pancreatic cancer patients with diabetes who took metformin lived longer than those who did not take the drug. Researchers looked at 302 patients with both conditions and found that 30.1% of metformin-treated patients survived after two years, compared with 15.4% of those who did not receive metformin. (4/5)
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Updated label touts Victoza's superiority for type 2 diabetes
Novo Nordisk said the FDA is updating labeling for Victoza to include a clinical finding that the type 2 diabetes medicine is superior to Merck & Co.'s Januvia in terms of glucose control and weight loss. The label also reflects approved use of Victoza in combination with basal insulin. Reuters (4/6)
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Experts ID genes that trigger common childhood obesity
Mutations in two common genes, OLFM4 and HOXB5, might predispose children to common forms of obesity, according to an analysis of 14 genome-wide association studies published in Nature Genetics. The genes were active in extremely obese children and visible but weaker in adults, suggesting their impact is biggest early in life, the lead researcher said. HealthDay News (4/9)
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High sense of self-efficacy might boost diabetes care
Type 2 diabetes patients who had high scores in self-efficacy had better control of their diets, exercise regimens, medication adherence and blood glucose levels, a study in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications revealed. Patients and educators should focus on boosting self-confidence to help improve diabetes management, researchers said. (4/7)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Heavier men are more likely to underestimate their weight
A survey of 3,500 college applicants found that about a third did not report their weight correctly, with overweight and obese men being less aware of their real weight than their female counterparts were. "This misperception is important because the first step in dealing with a weight problem is knowing that you have one," researcher Margarita Teran-Garcia says. (India)/Asian News International (4/6)
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Resveratrol-like compound inhibits fat cells from maturing
Piceatannol, a compound similar to resveratrol, binds to insulin receptors of immature fat cells, inhibiting cellular processes that enable them to develop, according to a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. However, researchers "need to work on improving the stability and solubility of piceatannol to create a biological effect," researcher Kee-Hong Kim said. FoodNavigator (4/5)
Missing out on breakfast is found to raise diabetes risk in men
Data on about 30,000 men showed that those who regularly skipped breakfast were 21% more likely to develop diabetes, despite having a healthy diet and body weight, than did those who do not skip their morning meals. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Yahoo!/Indo-Asian News Service (4/7)
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Practice Update
HIT policy group examines stage 2 MU measures
Some members of the HIT Policy Committee at a meeting Wednesday showed concerns that the proposed stage 2 meaningful use regulations would compel qualified providers to gather data for 120 suggested new measures to update their certified EHR systems, when some of those measures may likely never be tracked by the federal government. The panel's quality measures workgroup believes the proposal did not adequately address care coordination, chairman David Lansky says. "We're not going to be able to see a lot of measured improvement around care coordination if this is the best we're able to do over the next three years," adds Lansky. Healthcare IT News (4/5), Government Health IT online (4/4)
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Trends & Technology
Health sector adds more jobs in March, data show
The health care industry generated 26,000 jobs in March, a 0.2% increase during the month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data also showed that hospitals added 8,100 jobs last month, while physician offices added 7,600 jobs. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/6), Healthcare IT News (4/6)
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Allscripts enhances EHR access with Wand mobile app
Allscripts officials recently launched Wand, an application for iPad that enables EHR users to connect to the most-used features of the company's Professional and Enterprise technologies. User experience designers and developers applied the Human Performance Modeling technique in creating the app's interface to allow clinicians to access patient status and appointment lists, get medical data quickly and transmit electronic prescriptions to pharmacies. Healthcare IT News (4/5)
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ADA News
Continuing education for health care professionals who treat patients with diabetes
Did you know that the American Diabetes Association has been accredited to provide continuing medical education for health care professionals for more than 25 years? Each year, the Association educates more than 20,000 health care professionals and scientists worldwide. Opportunities include live programs, webcasts, online and printed programs. Visit the recently redesigned Continuing Education Library.
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