October 18, 2021
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Patients with type 2 diabetes reduced their blood glucose levels and adhered to medication regimens after pharmacists at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System began using audio-only telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, according to a report in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. A greater percentage of patients met the Merit-based Incentive Payment System standard of an A1C lower than 9% after the telehealth and RPM program was implemented, according to the report.
Full Story: mHealth Intelligence (10/14) 
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Patients with type 2 diabetes who took oral vitamin D3 supplements for six months experienced a reduction in A1C level, compared with those who didn't take the supplements. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, were based on data from 130 diabetes patients who were on standard metformin therapy at baseline.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (10/18) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who are fully vaccinated against the disease, and those who have not been vaccinated are six times more likely to test positive, according to a CDC analysis. The report documented 665 cases per 100,000 unvaccinated people as of as of Aug. 29, while there were 150 cases per 100,000 of those who had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 125 per 100,000 among those who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and 86 per 100,000 of those who received Moderna's vaccine.
Full Story: The Hill (10/15) 
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An analysis of data from 41 studies linked a high intake of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in seeds, nuts and plant oils, to a 10% lower risk of all-cause mortality, an 8% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and an 11% reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease, compared with lower consumption levels. The study, published in The BMJ, also showed that high intake of ALA was associated with a slightly greater risk of death from cancer.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (10/16) 
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The obesity rate in Illinois for children ages 10-17 has increased from 14.9% in 2019 to 17.4% in 2020. The increase is likely from the pandemic due to increasing food insecurity, parents not being able to afford healthy foods as well as the food chain supply being disrupted.
Full Story: Patch (10/14) 
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Distractions may help you become a better runner
A small study in the Human Kinetics Journals found that the more novice female runners paid attention to their body, the more physically and psychologically draining running became. Additionally, the more runners distracted themselves from the physical aspects of running -- such as by watching a video while on a treadmill -- the easier running became, and their performance improved, suggesting the findings could be used to help workouts feel more tolerable.
Full Story: The New York Times (10/14) 
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Practice Update
More messages, calls threaten to overburden physicians
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The number of messages physicians at ambulatory care clinics receive rose between March 2020 and June 2021, with physicians in surgical specialties experiencing the steepest rise, potentially due to a backlog of elective procedures to be cleared, according to a research letter in JAMA Network Open. The average number of patient requests for medical advice rose for primary care, medical and surgical physicians, while the number of patient calls also rose, and researchers warned about the growing burden on physicians.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (10/14) 
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Close to 43% of integrated health systems and medical care groups may need to postpone population health initiatives and put off hiring, according to a survey commissioned by the AMGA. Thirty-seven percent would remove services and close to 20% expect to lay off clinical personnel if the proposed Medicare pay cuts take into effect, according to the survey.
Full Story: Radiology Business (10/14) 
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The Biden administration is shifting oversight of the government's pandemic data-tracking system from HHS' Office of the Chief Information Officer back to the CDC amid scrutiny over the government's handling of the public health data infrastructure, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg. The public health tracking system, called HHS Protect, collects information from over 6,000 hospitals on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates as well as use of ICU beds, personal protective equipment, COVID-19 tests and therapeutics.
Full Story: Bloomberg (10/14) 
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The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has recommended that the agency authorize a second dose of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for all people who received J&J's single-dose vaccine. The panel recommended that the second dose be administered at least two months after administration of the first shot, though the FDA still has to make a final decision on the matter.
Full Story: Reuters (10/15) 
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Time is running out to earn up to 20 CE Credits with ADA's Primary Care Optimization Bundle!
The ADA Primary Care Certificate Bundle is designed to help clinicians on the front lines of primary care master the latest ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and confidently apply strategies for overcoming therapeutic inertia. While the value of the complete program is $650, we are offering it at $200 for nonmembers and $100 for current ADA members. Registration closes November 2021. Sign up today.
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