Higher mortality risk seen in noncompliant diabetes patients | Study looks at effects of low-, high-dose statins on diabetes | Group sounds alarm on rising costs of diabetes
April 25, 2012
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Higher mortality risk seen in noncompliant diabetes patients
A study in Diabetes Care showed type 2 diabetes patients treated with insulin who were noncompliant with clinic visits and medications were more likely to have higher glycated hemoglobin and face an increased risk of all-cause mortality. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/24)
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Study looks at effects of low-, high-dose statins on diabetes
Patients who were on high-dose statin treatment did not appear to have a higher risk of developing new-onset diabetes compared with their counterparts who were on low-/moderate-dose statin therapy, an analysis found. Larger prospective studies are needed to examine the risks and benefits of long-term statin use in people at high risk of diabetes, the study's lead author said. The results were presented at the World Congress of Cardiology 2012. Medscape (free registration) (4/24)
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Group sounds alarm on rising costs of diabetes
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is calling for an increased focus on preventing and treating diabetes "for the sake of our health and the health of our economies." The U.S. is among the top five countries with the highest diabetes rates, with current direct and indirect costs amounting to $174 billion annually and estimates that it may increase to $3.4 trillion by 2020. HuffingtonPost.ca (Canada) (4/24)
Aspirin ingredient may hold promise for diabetes
Salicylate, an ingredient in aspirin, helped boost AMP-activated protein kinase activity, increase fat burning and lower liver fat in obese mice, according to a study in Science. The findings could lead to new treatments for type 2 diabetes, researchers said. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (4/24)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Fewer Americans have high cholesterol despite obesity
CDC officials reported that despite a continued rise in obesity rates, only 13.4% of U.S. adults between 2009 and 2010 had high total cholesterol levels, compared with 18.3% of adults 10 years earlier. Increasing use of cholesterol-lowering drugs played a significant role in reducing cholesterol levels, but other factors, such as reduced smoking rates, also contributed to the decline, experts said. National Public Radio/Shots blog (4/24)
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Studies support child-health benefits of regular family meals
A review of 68 reports that studied the link between family meals at home and child health showed that the meals led to higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, fiber, calcium and vitamins, Rutgers University researchers reported at a nutrition conference. Data also showed that children who ate more family meals together consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda. United Press International (4/23)
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Soy intake helps prevent fatty liver in obese mice
A U.S. study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting revealed obese rats fed soy protein had 20% lower fat accumulation in the liver and 20% lower triglyceride levels. The findings indicate soy protein may help alleviate the symptoms of fatty liver disease, the lead researcher said. PhysOrg.com (4/23)
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Practice Update
HIPAA 5010 conversion is making headway, despite delays
The industry is making strides in the HIPAA 5010 conversion despite glitches that led the CMS to push back the compliance date to June 30, writes Debbi Meisner, a member of the board of directors at EHNAC and WEDI. Health groups using the 5010 standards are starting to see benefits such as consistency in claims processing, and complying with the HIPAA mandate could prove most beneficial for the impending ICD-10 switch, she notes. Government Health IT online (4/23)
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Report: Docs should bring ACO concepts to workplace programs
Occupational and environmental medicine doctors should create innovative solutions to address primary care, workforce compensation and disability management issues within the models of accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, according to a position statement by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/23)
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Trends & Technology
Wi-Fi scale helps users track weight information
Fitbit recently confirmed the commercial availability of its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which allows users to upload and track their weight data on the company's website. The device, which will be offered at stores including Best Buy, also enables users to receive motivational badges and create weight-loss plans. MobiHealthNews.com (4/23)
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