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January 2011 Briefing - Diabetes & Endocrinology

Last Updated: February 01, 2011.

 

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Diabetes & Endocrinology for January 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Safe in Pregnancy

MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Overnight closed-loop insulin delivery appears to be safe among pregnant women, according to a study published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

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Targeting Parents Leads to Sustained Child Weight Loss

THURSDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Approaches that specifically target parents can result in significant weight loss in moderately obese prepubertal children, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Pediatrics.

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Diabetes Prevalence Reaches 26 Million in United States

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 79 million U.S. adults are estimated to have prediabetes, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Race-Concordance Not Related to Best Obesity Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Obese black patients receive less exercise counseling and may receive less weight-reduction counseling than their white counterparts, regardless of patient-physician race concordance, according to research published online Jan. 13 in Obesity.

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Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical decision support (CDS) do not appear to improve the quality of clinical care, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Insufficient Sleep Increases Health Risk in Children

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Shorter sleep duration and more variable sleep patterns are associated with adverse metabolic outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Pediatrics.

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Estimated Cost of Obesity Is $300 Billion Per Year

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The economic cost of overweight and obesity is estimated at $300 billion per year in the United States and Canada, with 90 percent of the total cost attributed to the United States, according to a study published in December by the Society of Actuaries.

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FDA: CombiSet Hemodialysis Blood Tubing Set Recalled

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Fresenius Medical Care North America have notified health care providers of a class 1 recall of CombiSet True Flow Series hemodialysis blood tubing sets with priming set and transducer protectors for use with a blood volume monitor, as the hemodialysis blood tubing set can develop kinking of the arterial line that may result in serious injury and/or death.

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Pharmacist Involvement Improves Disease Management

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- When pharmacists are added to primary care teams, patients with type 2 diabetes achieve better blood pressure control, according to a study published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Elevation of Serum Uric Acid Level Associated With Diabetes

FRIDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Elevation of serum uric acid (SUA) levels is associated with an increased risk of developing new-onset diabetes in hypertensive patients, according to results from a study published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Social Ties Linked to Weight, Dieting Among Young Adults

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight young adults are more likely to have overweight family members and friends than are normal-weight peers, and may be more influenced to lose weight if those around them are dieting, according to a study published online Dec. 16 in Obesity.

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Exenatide Reduces CVD Risk for Patients With Diabetes

MONDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Patients suffering from type 2 diabetes who are treated with exenatide have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and hospitalization, according to a study published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Metabolic Syndrome Increased in Liver Transplant Recipients

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of liver transplant recipients develop post-transplantation metabolic syndrome (PTMS), putting them at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the January issue of Liver Transplantation.

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Higher Step Count Linked to Better Insulin Sensitivity

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Higher daily step activity is associated with lower body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio as well as better insulin sensitivity, according to research published online Jan. 13 in BMJ.

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CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Among Americans, disparities in income, race and ethnicity, gender, and other social attributes have an impact on whether an individual is healthy or ill or will die prematurely, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released as a supplement to the Jan. 14 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Diabetes

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Non-calorie-restricted Mediterranean diets (MedDiets) high in unsaturated fat can help prevent diabetes onset in people at high cardiovascular risk, according to research published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Prolonged Sitting Associated With Adverse Health Markers

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged periods of sedentary time without breaks are associated with worse indicators of cardio-metabolic function and inflammation, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in the European Heart Journal.

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Number of Adults Treated for Diabetes Doubled in a Decade

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who receive medical treatment for diabetes has more than doubled since 1996, and so have expenditures related to the treatment of the disease, according to a statistical brief released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): "Trends in Use and Expenditures for Diabetes among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996 and 2007."

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Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents

MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of burnout and risk for burnout are high in physicians, particularly residents, and more than a quarter of anesthesiology chairs meet criteria for high burnout, according to two articles published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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Absence of Macrosomia May Be Predicted by Two Sonograms

MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The absence of fetal overgrowth in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was found to be reliably predicted by two serial sonographic abdominal circumference measurements, according to research published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Depression/Diabetes Combo May Raise Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The combined presence of depression and diabetes mellitus among older women appears to be associated with a particularly increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, according to a study in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Many Babies, Toddlers Obese or at Risk of Being So

TUESDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, a substantial proportion of children between the ages of 9 months and 2 years are obese or at risk of being so, according to research published in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

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