June 13, 2012
Between 1997 and 2006 heart disease and stroke deaths in diabetic patients fell because of better disease management, but the average life expectancy of diabetics is still shorter than Americans without diabetes.
A study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, found, among other improvements, that deaths related to heart disease and stroke dropped by 40%. Adult diabetics are still likely to die at a younger age than one who does not have diabetes.
On average, people with diabetes were less likely to smoke and more likely to be physically active than in the past. However, obesity levels among people with diabetes continued to increase.
To learn more, go to CDC’s diabetes home page. The study appears in the journal Diabetes Care.
May 29, 2012
More and more our patients and their families want resource information, and we should provide it, if we can, rather than have them Googling for answers.
We’re nearing the end of healthy vision month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released, or updated, a large number of publications aimed at vision education. With so many of our patients affected by loss of vision due to age or disease, this can be quite useful for families and caregivers.
Information here provides studies and other information on everything from access to care to vision rehabilitation to costs studies.
CDC’s Vision Health Initiative
April 24, 2012
CMS confirms that gastroenteritis deaths have doubled in the past 10 years or so. Our friends, C. difficile and norovirus, are the leading causes.
Over the eight-year study period (1999-2007), CDC found that gastroenteritis-associated deaths from all causes increased from almost 7,000 to more than 17,000 per year. Adults over 65 years old accounted for 83 percent of deaths. Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and norovirus were the most common infectious causes of gastroenteritis-associated deaths.
Much of the recent increase in the incidence and mortality of C. difficile is attributed to the emergence and spread of a hypervirulent, resistant strain of C. difficile. This bug contributed to about two-thirds of the deaths.
Norovirus was associated with about 800 deaths annually, though there were 50 percent more deaths in years when epidemics were caused by new strains of the virus. Norovirus is highly contagious.
Find out more.
March 14, 2012
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
The rate of leg and foot amputations among U.S. adults aged 40 years and older with diagnosed diabetes declined by 65% between 1996 and 2008, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC attributes better blood glucose control, foot care, and diabetes management, along with a drop in heart disease, as likely reasons that the number of amputations has fallen.
Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations of feet and legs among U.S. adults.
The age-adjusted rate of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations was 3.9 per 1,000 people with diagnosed diabetes in 2008 compared to 11.2 per 1,000 in 1996.
To learn more, go to the CDC site on diabetes.
October 26, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out with new information on how to prevent infections in cancer patients. The information is for health care providers, but also can be aimed toward family and caregivers, so your agency might want to look for ideas or new information.
3 Steps to Preventing Infection
June 1, 2011
The CDC and NIH have updated their guidelines on protecting patients from bloodstream infections.
Major areas of emphasis in the guidelines include educating and training health care personnel, using maximal sterile barrier precautions during catheter insertion, cleaning skin with chlorhexidine (an antibacterial scrub), and avoiding routine replacement of certain catheters.
Read more and get to links with the practice.