Youths' perspective on diabetes shown through photographs | CAM use less common in women with hypertension, diabetes | Study ties exercise to reduced risk of gestational diabetes
June 5, 2015
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Youths' perspective on diabetes shown through photographs
Researchers asked adolescents with type 1 diabetes, ages 12 to 19, to take five photographs that would show their perspective of the disease and found that 88% took pictures of common diabetes supplies such as insulin, needles and meters, while about 50% took pictures of their bruises and more than 50% took a photograph of at least one coping mechanism such as a leisure activity. The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Spectrum, showed that adolescents from wealthier families also took photos of extracurricular activities as a coping mechanism. (U.K.) (6/3)
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CAM use less common in women with hypertension, diabetes
An Australian study in The American Journal of Cardiology found that women with hypertension or diabetes were less likely to consult with a practitioner of complementary and alternative medicine and to use self-prescribed CAM, compared with studies of other chronic diseases. Researchers evaluated data from a 2010 survey of 9,748 women. News (6/2)
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Study ties exercise to reduced risk of gestational diabetes
Pregnant women may reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes by as much as 30% and are more likely to gain less weight if they engage in moderate exercise throughout their pregnancy, compared to those who are not physically active, according to a Spanish study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Researchers analyzed previous studies that involved 2,873 women. The Guardian (London) (6/2)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Meal distractions may lead to snacking later, study says
Distractions while eating, such as watching TV, may increase the likelihood of snacking later, a study in Appetite says. Researchers say people who were distracted while eating lunch were more likely to snack later and to eat more food when they did snack compared with those who were not subject to distractions. The Daily Mail (London) (6/3)
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Study suggests endurance athletes undergo heart tests while exercising
Endurance athletes should undergo heart function tests that include both the left and right ventricles while they are exercising because important signs of heart rhythm problems in the right ventricle can only be detected during activity, according to a study in the European Heart Journal. HealthDay News (6/3)
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Studies: Physical activity may lower lung, breast cancer risk in women
Studies reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting suggest that women may be less likely to develop lung or breast cancer if they are physically active. Stanford University researchers said smokers who were physically active even got some protection against lung cancer compared with sedentary smokers. HealthDay News (6/2)
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Practice Update
Many patients have privacy concerns but don't hold back info
A recent ONC survey found that more than 70% of patients have concerns about health data security, but fewer than 10% are withholding information from their providers. About three quarters of respondents said they prefer that providers use EHRs, and about 70% want their electronic records to be available to all providers involved in their care. Health Data Management (6/3)
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Study reveals top problems faced by pediatric hospitals with EHR integration
Sharing clinical data with providers that are not part of the hospital system is the top EHR integration problem faced by 49% of Children's Hospital Association hospitals surveyed in a report published in the journal Pediatrics. The study, which involved 133 association hospitals, also found that 41% of the participants have trouble generating denominator and numerator data needed for quality reporting from EHRs. (6/3)
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Trends & Technology
Medicaid providers to undergo background checks, receive fraud risk rankings
Health care providers participating in the Medicaid program and Children's Health Insurance Program who are deemed to pose a high fraud risk will be required to go through criminal background checks and fingerprinting beginning Aug. 1, the CMS said. States will put all providers into limited, moderate or high fraud-risk categories. States will not be required to do background checks on providers who were previously checked by Medicare or another state's Medicaid program. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (6/3)
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Total enrollment through exchanges stands at 10.2 million
About 10.2 million U.S. residents enrolled in a health insurance plan for 2015 through an Affordable Care Act exchange and paid their first month's premium, the CMS said. About 1.5 million people dropped health plans selected through an exchange. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/2), Bloomberg (6/2)
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ADA News
Free Online Materials for Patient Education
The American Diabetes Association has developed a free resource for accessing our print-on-demand patient materials. Our new Patient Education Library has a variety of patient materials that can be saved and printed as needed. Topics include diabetes, prediabetes, complications, nutrition and prevention. New pieces are added as they become available, so check back regularly for new content. Search the materials.
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My Health Advisor
Help your patients lower their risk for type 2 diabetes or its complications with the newly updated My Health Advisor. Now faster and more user-friendly, this online risk calculator shows patients how small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Patients also receive a personalized action plan to get them on the road to better health. Visit for more information.
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Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do."
-- Jose Ortega y Gasset,
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