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Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB

By Reuters  |  October 29, 2014

Cases of tuberculosis are set to accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday.

Black diabetics lose a leg three times more often

By Bloomberg Businessweek  |  October 14, 2014

Black diabetics have leg amputations more often than non-blacks do in every part of the U.S., according to a new report that analyzed variations in care. Black patients are nearly three times as likely to lose limbs overall, though the disparity is greater in some areas, particularly the South.

Dialysis demand strong as kidney disease grows

Dialysis demand strong as kidney disease grows

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 11, 2014

Demand for kidney dialysis is expected to increase in the U.S. as the elderly population grows and the prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease rises. The U.S. has a higher rate of dialysis utilization than all other advanced countries except Japan, and the...

Systems serving low-income patients struggle under readmissions penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  September 30, 2014

Hospitals with limited resources continue to struggle as they try to implement programs that drive down readmission rates, and federal penalties could potentially make matters worse, write the authors of a report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Diabetes progress limited, raising questions about social factors, study finds

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 24, 2014

While new evidence appears to show the diabetes rate among U.S. adults beginning to level off after being on the rise for years, rates among certain minority groups as well as the poorly educated have continued to increase, raising questions as to the role social factors may play in determining...

Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials

By Reuters  |  September 24, 2014

The drastic increases in the number of people living with diabetes and the number of new cases diagnosed each year may have leveled off, according to U.S. health officials. Researchers found little change in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes between 2008 and 2012, following drastic increases...

Cleveland Clinic to launch Center for Functional Medicine

Cleveland Clinic to launch Center for Functional Medicine

By Timothy Magaw, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  September 16, 2014

The Cleveland Clinic announced it will launch a center that focuses on how lifestyle factors contribute to chronic disease. The new Center for Functional Medicine, which the clinic said is the first of its kind at an academic medical center, will open Sept. 23 and will be led by Dr. Mark Hyman, a...

Healthy eating could be a learnable habit

Healthy eating could be a learnable habit

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 06, 2014

Do you hanker for deep-dish pizza or a burger with all the fixings, and push the boiled rutabaga and steamed okra to the far edges of your dinner plate? The “addictive power” of unhealthy foods may have a hold on you, say authors of a new study.

Rob Montagnese: promoting healthy habits for children

Rob Montagnese: promoting healthy habits for children

By Mike Mitka  |  August 29, 2014

The rates of childhood obesity in Licking County, Ohio, are among the highest in the state. According to one stat, about 35% of third-graders in the county are overweight or obese. Rob Montagnese decided to do something about it.

Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans

Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans

By Mike Mitka  |  August 29, 2014

Cajun and Creole foods and a “let the good times roll” attitude make New Orleans and its surrounding parishes a great place to visit, but they're also among the contributing factors making it difficult for residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. Statewide figures show Louisiana has...

You can show patients test results, but will they understand them?

You can show patients test results, but will they understand them?

By Rachel Landen  |  August 20, 2014

With the increasing adoption of electronic health records, more patients are able to view their lab results electronically outside of clinical consultations, but a study suggests that access doesn't mean patients understand what they're seeing.

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