Diabetes raises Parkinson's disease risk, study says | Research links diabetes, folic acid intake to birth defects | Experts ID gene that may hold promise for diabetes
April 3, 2012
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Diabetes raises Parkinson's disease risk, study says
People with diabetes were more likely than their healthier counterparts to develop Parkinson's disease, a Taiwanese study in Diabetes Care revealed. Researchers examined more than one million individuals and found the incidence of Parkinson's in diabetes patients was 3.59 per 10,000 person-years, compared with only 2.15 per 10,000 person-years in the control group. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/2)
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Research links diabetes, folic acid intake to birth defects
The children of women with diabetes who did not take folic acid supplements near the time of conception were twice as likely to have heart and noncardiac birth defects compared with those whose mothers did take the supplements, according to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Modern Medicine/Contemporary OB/GYN (3/30)
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Experts ID gene that may hold promise for diabetes
A study in Nature found the ChREBP gene helped turn glucose into fatty acids and improved insulin sensitivity in obese mice. The findings may lead to the development of new treatments to address diabetes and other metabolic conditions, researchers said. Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (4/2)
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Nutrition & Wellness
BMI falls short on actual obesity rates for women
Data on more than 1,300 participants who underwent dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scans showed 48% of women previously unclassified as obese using BMI alone were classified as obese by the percent of body fat on DEXA, suggesting BMI measurement underestimates actual obesity rates in women. The findings appear in PLoS ONE. HealthDay News (4/2)
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High amino acid levels in baby formula may prevent overfeeding
Babies who were given cow's-milk formula with added amino acid glutamate or hydrolyzed formula consumed less of it than did those who drank regular cow's-milk formula, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said glutamate may trigger a body response that tells babies they have consumed enough. Reuters (3/30)
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Practice Update
E-prescribing bolsters patient safety
The Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative, which was introduced to evaluate the effect of e-prescribing on patient care, boost safety and limit drug costs, has increased enrollment by 33% since 2011. An analysis on a sample of prescriptions indicated that doctors received approximately 923,000 alerts for medication allergies that caused cancellations of or changes in prescriptions. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/30)
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CMS issues EHR incentive payments to more than 62,000 providers
The CMS has issued $3.8 billion in EHR incentive payments to more than 62,000 participants, data show. More than 20,000 eligible hospitals and professionals and critical access hospitals registered with the incentive program in February alone. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/30)
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Trends & Technology
Physician: Genetic sequencing is a "game-changer" for medicine
In the next decade, discussions between physicians and patients could include whole-genome sequencing that would generate information on undiagnosed symptoms and an individual's risk of disease, says geneticist Dr. Robert Marion. While there are ethical, privacy and discrimination issues to be resolved, Marion says health care will evolve from being reactive to becoming preventive, which is "really a game-changer in medicine." American Medical News (free content) (4/2)
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ADA News
Recent Advances in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease
The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association invite you to a free webinar, presented by The Guideline Advantage™, Recent Advances in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease. The webinar, scheduled for April 24th, will be presented by Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D. Registration is required. Learn more and register.
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-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
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