Diabetes & Endocrinology News

 
 
  • Physicians Launch Call for BMJ to Retract Medical Error Study A recent analysis that showed medical error was the third leading cause of death in the United States has stirred controversy, but the journal and an outside expert say no retraction is needed.
  • Obama Pushes Public Option in JAMA Hitting on an issue in the presidential race, the president urged Congress to offer a government-sponsored health plan in insurance exchanges where Americans have fewer choices.
  • UK Rise in Bisphosphonate Use Dovetails With Fracture Decline An increase in bisphosphonate prescribing in England and Wales following publication of NICE guidelines and release of generic alendronate dovetails with a decline in refracture rates among hip-fracture patients across a period of 3 years.
  • Testosterone No Elixir for the Brain in Healthy Aging Men Prescribing testosterone to healthy older men does not improve cognitive function, new research shows.
  • Huge Study of Diabetes Risk Shows Many Common Genes at Play A study examining the genes of more than 120,000 people from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas has offered the clearest picture yet of the genes that drive type 2 diabetes.
  • Poor Hydration May Contribute to Obesity, Study Suggests Study found a link between poor hydration and high BMI and obesity, after adjusting for confounders. Although hydration is often discussed as a weight loss technique, it is not included in guidelines.
  • 'Walking Meetings' Can Elevate Workers' Physical Activity Participants added to their moderate/vigorous weekly totals and got closer to goals set by the American Heart Association. The meetings offer an inexpensive way to get moving at work.
  • QI Intervention Promising in Diabetes-Plagued South Asia Compared with a control group, twice as many in an intervention group had lower HbA1c, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol. The package tested included care coordinators and decision-support EHR prompts.
  • Genes Linked to Higher BMI in Obesogenic Environments In a US cohort, known genetic factors associated with BMI have a greater effect on BMI in more obesogenic environments, as seen in a study that compared those born earlier and later in the 20th century.
  • HRT May Up BMD in Premature Ovarian Failure Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be superior to the combined oral contraception pill (COCP) in increasing spinal bone density in women with spontaneous premature ovarian failure (POF), researchers in London, UK, report.
  • You Picked 'em! The Most Influential Physicians in History We asked, you responded. Here are your votes for the most outstanding physicians in surgery, endocrinology, cardiology, hematology, and more. From Al-Zahrawi to Virchow, read all about them.
  • Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Rewards Primary Care Besides paying physicians more for coordinating care and treating patients with behavioral and cognitive problems, the CMS wants to expand a successful diabetes prevention pilot.
  • No Increased Risk of Atypical Fractures With Long-Term Alendronate: Study Long-term use of the bisphosphonate alendronate substantially lowers the risk of hip fracture without increasing the risk of atypical fractures of the subtrochanteric femur or femoral shaft, according to a Danish study.
  • Endocrine Abnormalities Common in Survivors of Childhood Cancer Endocrine abnormalities are common and become increasingly prevalent with age among survivors of childhood cancer, according to findings from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS).
  • Japan Party Backs Use of Medical Marijuana, Gets Mixed Reaction Japan prides itself on having a low tolerance for guns and drugs, but a tiny political party has become the first to adopt an election plank of scrapping a research ban on medical use of marijuana.
  • EMA Extends Amputation Investigation to All SGLT2 Inhibitors In a revision of its April 2016 notice regarding canagliflozin and amputations, the EMA's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee is now investigating all drugs in the class.
  • Telehealth Provides Benefits, AHRQ Review Shows Technologies improve outcomes for major chronic and acute conditions, but there's less evidence that telehealth reduces costs.
  • Expensive Eye Meds Cost Medicare ‘Billions’ Many U.S. ophthalmologists are prescribing expensive eye medications for Medicare patients despite evidence that a lower cost drug may be just as effective, researchers report.
  • Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy Can Be Helpful in Breast Cancer In women with localized estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, neoadjuvant endocrine therapy - even as monotherapy - prompts response rates similar to those of combination chemotherapy but with lower toxicity, according to a meta-analysis by U.S. researchers.
  • Artificial Pancreas Will Become Reality Within 2 Years While they wait for a biological "cure," type 1 diabetes patients may soon be able to benefit from artificial pancreas technology, although some issues remain to be ironed out, notes a new review.
 
 
 
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