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April 18, 2012
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Study links liver insulin resistance to CVD risk in men
Finnish researchers found that liver insulin resistance index was more closely linked to total cholesterol, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and total triglyceride levels than whole-body insulin sensitivity in men. The findings in the Journal of Internal Medicine suggest that liver IR index may serve as a cardiovascular disease marker in men, researchers said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/16)
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Amorfrutins may hold promise for diabetes, study finds
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed amorfrutins, compounds found in licorice roots, stimulate genes that lower plasma concentration in certain fatty acids and glucose, which then results in lower blood glucose levels and diabetes risk. NutraIngredients (4/17)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Awareness of food cravings may help regulate appetite
Participants who responded more to food images during functional magnetic resonance imaging scans were the ones who gained weight in the next six months, a study in The Journal of Neuroscience revealed. Researchers said awareness on how certain triggers affect food cravings may help control appetite. The Daily Mail (London) (4/17)
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Common misconceptions can derail fitness efforts, report says
Exercise myths that can derail fitness efforts include the idea that regimens that do not lead to weight loss are not working, according to Consumers Reports. Other misconceptions include: Exercise can lead to weight loss in specific body areas, stretching is needed before working out, sports drinks are better than water and calorie counters on exercise machines are accurate. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Consumer Reports (4/16)
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Practice Update
CMS should reconsider proposed overpayment rule, AHA says
In a letter sent to CMS on Monday, the American Hospital Association asked the agency to revisit a proposed health care law provision that requires providers and suppliers to report and return payments mistakenly given by the government. "[T]he law is being contorted by this proposed rule to create another confusing, onerous and legally risky set of expectations for hospitals," the group said. AHA News Now (4/16)
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Calif. physicians tout benefits of private practice
Some 165 private practice physicians in California, from a range of specialties, have incorporated as Private Practice Doctors of the Peninsula to promote better doctor-patient relationships in an effort to improve outcomes. The group says there are numerous benefits to private practice, such as schedule flexibility, yet collaborating allows for resource pooling, buying in bulk and possibly sharing office staff. San Mateo Daily Journal (Calif.) (4/16)
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Trends & Technology
Medical center studies new approach to wound treatment
The Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx is testing an innovative approach to wound healing that aims to boost quality of care as well as cut hospitalizations, emergency room visits and medical costs. This approach coordinates the services provided by doctors, physician assistants and nurses to protect patients from wounds such as bedsores or diabetic foot ulcers. One of the keys is aggressive debridement that doesn't wait until wounds are advanced, said Montefiore Director Anna Flattau. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/16)
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Patient well-being drives quality care programs, experts say
More health care quality programs are focusing on patients' overall well-being to help them manage their medical conditions as part of their broader lives so they are healthier and happier, follow physician orders, and stay out of the hospital. The CDC's Rosemarie Kobau says tracking well-being measures will help reduce health disparities and identify unmet needs, moving the nation "closer to looking at health in a positive sense -- as more than the absence of illness." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/16)
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