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Flu Plus Obesity Increase Risk of Death Three-fold:

Obese people face nearly three-fold higher odds of dying from a flu infection and should be given priority access to flu shots, according to the authors of a new study. They found that the risk of dying increases at a BMI of 30 or greater.  The researchers analyzed 239 studies …

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Sleep Duration Influences Exercise Duration

Women with shorter total sleep time also showed reduced exercise duration the following day, according to a small study. Results suggest that sleep influences next day exercise rather than exercise influencing sleep. The relationship between total sleep time (TST) and next day exercise was stronger for those with shorter TST …

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Drug Non-adherence Prevalent in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Research presented at the ADA Scientific Sessions showed the one-year drug discontinuation rate among type 2 diabetes patients was 89% in those taking a GLP-1 agonist, 82% in those who took a DPP-4 inhibitor and 84% in those treated with other diabetes drugs. The median time to treatment discontinuation was …

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Higher Diabetes Rates Tied to Better Economic Conditions

Improved economic conditions may have resulted in habits that led to diabetes, according to a study that examined the connection between the prevalence of diabetes and state-based per-capita income growth from 1950 to 1980. Children whose parents were previously poor were not biologically ready to handle the sedentary lifestyle and …

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Diabetes Screenings Can Be Cost-saving for High Risk Population

Five screening tests were performed on 1,573 participants with no known diabetes status. Costs of screening were measured over three years and researchers compared costs for no screening, screening everyone for diabetes or high-risk prediabetes, and screening those with risk factors based on age, BMI, blood pressure, waist circumference, lipids, …

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Type 2 Diabetes a Risk Factor for Falls in Elderly

In a study of older patients, both diabetic and non-diabetic, poor balance and diabetes were shown to be independent risk factors. According to multivariate logistic regression models, diabetes was found to be a major risk factor even after poor balance is corrected. "Systematic medication reviews, specific balance exercises and cognitive …

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Nutritional Counseling Makes a Difference in Weight Loss

According to a small study with employee volunteers at Tufts University, 94 obese participants who participated in weekly sessions with a nutritionist during lunch lost an average of 17.6 pounds; 39 obese participants who did not receive counseling gained, on average, 2 pounds over the period of 6 months. Tufts …

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Severity of Readmission Punishments Doubling for Hospitals

The number of hospitals facing financial penalties for failing to stop patients from returning to the hospital will remain steady next year, but the potential severity of the punishments is doubling. The CMS’ hospital readmissions reduction program is expected to cut Medicare spending on hospitals by about $227 million during …

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Diabetes 1500 BC

Diabetes was one of the first diseases ever described when an Egyptian manuscript from 1500 BC mentioned "too great emptying of the urine." Indian physicians around the same time identified the disease and classified it as madhumeha or "honey urine," noting the urine would attract ants. Type 1 and type …

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