Family support improves diabetes self-care, study shows | Study: CSII treatment boosts glucose control in type 1 diabetes | Turmeric might aid in diabetes management, research finds
May 3, 2012
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Family support improves diabetes self-care, study shows
A study in Diabetes Care found that diabetes patients whose family members did not show specific supportive behaviors were less likely to adhere to their medications and had worse glucose control compared with those who had supportive family members. Researchers said interventions should include family education and motivation about supporting diabetes self-care. News (5/2)
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Study: CSII treatment boosts glucose control in type 1 diabetes
Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion treatment was effective in lowering A1C levels in children with type 1 diabetes, with improvements sustained at 48 months, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. CSII treatment lacks cost-effectiveness but is safe and well-tolerated compared with multiple daily injections, researchers said. Endocrine Today (5/2)
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Turmeric might aid in diabetes management, research finds
Combining curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, with black pepper and onion skin showed efficacy in regulating body weight, blood glucose and cholesterol in rats, a study in ISRN Pharmacology revealed. Researchers said the combination might trigger a biochemical mechanism that prevents glucose uptake in the small intestine. The Daily Mail (London) (5/1)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Getting enough sleep can lower genetic predisposition to obesity
A study in the journal Sleep found that participants who slept longer at night had a lower body mass index than those who slept less. The researchers also found genes contribute less to how much a person weighs when he or she gets more sleep. USA Today (4/30)
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Study: Breast-feeding coincides with reduced childhood-obesity risk
An Irish study in Social Science and Medicine found that children who were breast-fed for three to six months were 38% less likely than their formula-fed counterparts to be obese at age 9, while those who were breast-fed for six months or more had a 51% lower risk of obesity. The Irish Times (Dublin) (5/2)
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Volumetrics helps dieters lose weight by eating more
Eating high-volume foods such as soups, whole grains and lean meat that are low in calories helps dieters consume greater portions, attain satiety and lose weight, says Barbara Rolls, creator of the Volumetrics diet. She suggests adding fruits and vegetables to everything, filling your plate with low-calorie ingredients and opting for small portions of low-fat protein. CNN/ (5/2)
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Practice Update
HHS grants $10.4 million in assistance for rural health programs
Seventy rural health care providers will be receiving a total of $10.4 million in grants, HHS announced. The grants will be used in programs to address medical needs in populations such as low-income families, minorities and the elderly. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (5/2)
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CHIME weighs in on stage 2 meaningful use proposal
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is recommending giving health groups more time to prepare for stage 2 of the meaningful use requirements. "To allow adequate time for application development, provider adoption and testing, CMS should follow the precedent set in Stage 1," including allowing eligible doctors, hospitals and critical access facilities to demonstrate MU of EHRs for a period of 90 days during stage 2's first payment year, CHIME said in its comment letter. Healthcare Informatics online (4/30)
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Trends & Technology
Providing mandatory physical education linked to fit students
Students in California school districts that complied with the state's mandatory physical education requirements were 29% more likely to be physically fit, compared with their peers in districts that did not follow the rules, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found. Only about half of the 55 school districts that had compliance data met requirements that children get 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days, researchers found. Health Behavior News Service (5/1)
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