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August 3, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Peptide controls blood glucose in children with hyperinsulinism
    Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found the exendin-(9-39) peptide helped inhibit the function of glucagon-like peptide-1 and regulate blood glucose levels in children with congenital hyperinsulinism. The peptide also controlled insulin secretion in cell studies of newborns with HI, the pilot study found. The findings were published in Diabetes. (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Obese, overweight people benefit from modest weight loss
    Modest weight loss was associated with a 58% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk in overweight and obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance, a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association indicated. Researchers said the health benefits of modest weight loss lasted up to a decade despite weight regain in patients. HealthDay News (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers study psychology of eating, obesity
    Research on the psychology of eating and obesity is a theme of this weekend's American Psychological Association annual meeting. Some of the research looks at how food marketing, variety and temptation affect food choices and eating patterns, while other studies investigate food addiction and the stigma of obesity. USA TODAY (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumer Reports findings question safety of dietary supplements
    Dietary supplements touted as natural may contain active ingredients found in prescription drugs or high dosages of certain vitamins and minerals, which can cause side effects, according to Consumer Reports. The report, which outlines 10 potential hidden dangers of supplements, said that from 2007 to 2012, the FDA received more than 6,300 reports of serious adverse events from people taking them, including 115 deaths. CNN/The Chart blog (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • States modernize systems for CMS' Medicaid expansion
    With Medicaid expansion looming following the Supreme Court's decision on the health care law, states are moving toward data-driven systems to expedite eligibility verification and handle online applications. The CMS has also created operational technical assistance teams for each state, providing enhanced 90% matching federal funds to help states -- including those that don't participate in the expansion -- to update their systems. Healthcare IT News (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foundation offers funding for private ACO case studies
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will offer funding amounting to $1.2 million to three private accountable care organization case studies. The studies are aimed at examining the factors that facilitate or hinder the success of ACOs, as well as evaluating patient experience and disparities, cost and clinical quality in ACOs. (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Few Americans favor adopting EHRs, poll finds
    Data from the third annual EHR online survey, conducted for Xerox by Harris Interactive, showed only 26% of Americans wanted to adopt digital health records. Researchers also found that only 40% of respondents said digital records will boost health care delivery, a decrease from 42% in 2011. With the continued resistance to EHR adoption, providers need to continue educating Americans about the value of the system, a Xerox official said. Healthcare IT News (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surescripts: Minn. leads in e-prescribing use
    Data from Surescripts show that Minnesota ranked first in e-prescribing use in 2011, with prescribers there transmitting 61% of prescriptions electronically, thanks in part to a state mandate promoting use of the technology. The next highest-ranking states were Massachusetts, South Dakota and Delaware. Government Health IT online (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • ADA seeking grant applications in microbiome research
    Now through Sept. 4, the ADA is seeking basic, translational and clinical research applications for the American Diabetes Association and GlaxoSmithKline Award in the Microbiome and Metabolic Changes in Diabetes and Obesity. Studies focusing on the relationship between the microbiome and metabolism, including its role in the predisposition to and progression of obesity and diabetes, will be considered. Get additional information or apply. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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