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Removing Barriers to Diabetes Treatment

The Diabetes Working Group, composed of representatives from various medical associations, recently released a white paper containing recommendations for addressing barriers that prevent providers from delivering appropriate care to patients with diabetes. Read more

Social Media and Peer Behavior

A new study published in the journal Science has shed some interesting light on what influences health behaviors.  In a study of how people behaved relative to a fitness and diet intervention, study participants who were grouped alongside folks with characteristics similar to their own were more likely to use a diet diary and pursue healthy behaviors then those grouped with characteristics unlike their own. Read more

Oh, Paula…What Were You Thinking?

I’m a huge fan of the Food Network.  I watch ‘em all…Chopped.  Iron Chef.  Good Eats.   And yes, sometimes I watch Paula Deen, the larger-than-life “Lady” of the Network.   She’s charming and witty and passionate about southern cooking.  She’s acquired a reputation for heavy, rich, fried southern dishes — cooking up a combination of almost anything with the most butter, cream, and/or sugar.  Preferably altogether and served in monster-sized portions.  So with some morbid curiosity, I’ve been following the saga of Paula’s announcement that she diabetes. And apparently was informed of her condition in 2008.

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Social Barriers Impact Health, Too

An on-line survey of 1000 primary care physicians suggests that social barriers–such as a lack of access to basic housing, transportation, and nutritious foods–can impact patient health as much as access to direct medical care.  The survey was conducted in September and October 2011 on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Read more

‘Tis the Season…To Acknowledge the Hungry

Last year, 17.2 million households in the United States were food insecure, the highest level on record, as the Great Recession continued to wreak havoc on families across the country. Of those 17.2 million households, 3.9 million included children.  Here’s a look at hunger in America, as millions of Americans struggle to get enough to eat in the wake of the economic crisis: Read more

Pop….goes the media coverage

What’s new this week? Well, it appears that drinking as little as one can of diet soda per day increases your risk of stroke by 48%. Especially if you’re over the age of 65.  This sounded ridiculous to me. So, I dug a little and here’s what I found. Read more

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