Higher BMI, BUN linked to diabetic ketoacidosis deaths in children | Diabetes patients do not have higher nephrotoxicity risk | Study: Calorie restriction cuts inflammation in older obese women
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May 2, 2012
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Higher BMI, BUN linked to diabetic ketoacidosis deaths in children
Children with diabetic ketoacidosis who had a BMI of .30 and blood urea nitrogen levels of .40 mg/dL faced a greater mortality risk compared with those in a control group, a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting found. Researchers said more studies are needed to back the findings. Endocrine Today (4/30)
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Diabetes patients do not have higher nephrotoxicity risk
Data on 2,404 patients who had an estimated glomerular filtration rate test before a CT scan showed those with diabetes were not at higher risk of developing contrast-induced nephrotoxicity compared with patients with renal disease, hypertension and/or heart disease. The findings were presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting. Diagnostic Imaging (5/1), AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (5/1)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Study: Calorie restriction cuts inflammation in older obese women
Overweight and obese postmenopausal women who underwent a caloric restriction weight-loss diet alone or with exercise attained significant reductions in inflammation markers, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, compared with the control group, according to a study in Cancer Research. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (5/1)
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Parents often have misconceptions about child's weight, study shows
A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting revealed nearly half of parents considered their obese children in a lower-weight category. Children whose parents had an inaccurate perception of their weight still showed significant reductions in body mass index after a 12-week intervention program compared with children whose parents had a correct perception of their weight. Endocrine Today (5/1)
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Research: Parenthood doesn't prompt adults to eat better or worse
University of Iowa researchers said becoming a parent doesn't prod adults to eat healthier but also doesn't have unfavorable effects on their diet. The study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found no changes in the intake of calories, fruits and vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages or fast food among people who became parents during the study period. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (4/30)
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Keeping fruits within reach boosts consumption
A study in Environment and Behaviour revealed that placing apples and carrots within reach helped increase intake in college students. Researchers found that making the foods more visible by placing them in clear rather than opaque bowls increased the intake of the apples but not the carrots. Yahoo!/Indo-Asian News Service (5/1)
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Practice Update
GAO urges CMS to initiate reforms in EHR incentive program
The Government Accountability Office has issued a report urging the CMS to enact several reforms in its EHR incentive program. The CMS has agreed to the GAO's suggestion that it gather more information from Medicare providers to confirm they satisfy the requirements for the EHR initiative. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/30)
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AHA comments on achieving EMR adoption goals
The meaningful use program for EMR adoption is too ambitious, the American Hospital Association wrote in a letter to HHS. Achieving the initiative's goals is also being complicated by the broadening digital gap between large hospitals in urban areas and small ones in rural places, according to AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack. Bloomberg Businessweek (5/1)
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Trends & Technology
Most physicians are skeptical about ACOs, survey finds
Most doctors responding to a WebMD/Medscape survey expressed doubt about accountable care organizations and some other health care law provisions. Of the 24,000 survey respondents, 52% said they think ACOs will lead to reduced income, while two-thirds said they don't believe the law's reform goals can lessen the need for tests, treatments and procedures. Health Data Management (4/30)
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-- Gustave Flaubert,
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