Lixisenatide shows efficacy in type 2 diabetes management | Diabetes plus MI raises in-hospital mortality in patients | Lower glucose levels seen with high amylase activity in saliva
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April 6, 2012
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Lixisenatide shows efficacy in type 2 diabetes management
A higher proportion of drug-naive type 2 diabetes patients achieved blood glucose levels lower than 7% with once-daily lixisenatide for 12 weeks compared with those who received placebo treatment, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Lixisenatide-treated patients also had bigger drops in two-hour postprandial glucose levels than those in the placebo group, researchers noted. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (4/2)
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Diabetes plus MI raises in-hospital mortality in patients
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology revealed diabetes patients hospitalized for myocardial infarction were more likely to experience in-hospital stroke, recurrent MI, and heart failure or pulmonary edema than MI patients who did not have diabetes. Researchers also found diabetes patients with MI face an 18% higher risk of in-hospital mortality than those without diabetes. Family Practice News (4/5)
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Lower glucose levels seen with high amylase activity in saliva
Data on 48 healthy adults found those who had higher amylase activity in the saliva attained lower blood glucose levels after drinking a simplified corn starch solution compared with those who had lower amylase activity. The findings appear in The Journal of Nutrition. (U.K.) (4/5)
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Eating low-glycemic breakfast curbs blood glucose levels
A study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism found that participants who ate a breakfast with a low glycemic index had better satiety levels and lower blood glucose concentrations after breakfast and lunch than those who did not have a low-glycemic breakfast. Yahoo!/Asian News International (4/5)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Review: Brain signals affect appetite control in obese
A review of research shows overweight and obese individuals appear to have stronger brain signals to eat when presented with sweet or fatty foods and that learned behaviors and motivational signals may affect brain regions associated with appetite control. "The emerging imaging literature supports the view that although there is not a single pathway leading to obesity, it is a neurobehavioral problem: a disease that results from a vulnerable brain in an unhealthy environment," researcher Alain Dagher wrote in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. (4/5)
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Parenting practices impact soda consumption in children
Children from higher-income families in Belgium had a 42% lower soda intake than their lower-income counterparts, according to a study in Appetite. Researchers said not offering soda at mealtimes, restricting children from drinking soda whenever they want and not having soda in the house explain the disparity in soda consumption between the income groups. (4/5)
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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, says workgroup chairman David Lansky. "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," Lansky added. Healthcare IT News (4/5), Government Health IT online (4/4)
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Hospitals can reap benefits from clinical documentation improvement
The ICD-10 transition is driving hospitals to boost clinical documentation. But regardless of what the CMS decides on the compliance deadline, experts say hospitals can use clinical documentation improvement to meet quality measures, enhance care delivery and manage revenue, which is key to seeing a demonstrable return on investment now and after implementing ICD-10, writes Carl Natale. (4/3)
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Trends & Technology
Experts create stem cell line that may aid in diabetes research
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics created a line of human stem cells that may help generate insulin-producing beta cells. The new stem cell line may also serve as a modeling tool to examine how human diseases progress, researchers reported in Cell/Stem Cell. (4/5)
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-- John Kenneth Galbraith,
Canadian-American economist
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