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Would you get enough magnesium? Research suggests diabetes risk may fall as magnesium intake increases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anna Bernstein, hypoglycemicdiet.org   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:57
Would you get enough magnesium in what you eat? Do you realize it could aid the prevention of diabetes type 2?

Dr. Ka He of the University of North carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have found that folks who eaten the most magnesium from foods and nutritional vitamin supplements were about half as likely to develop diabetes within the next 20 years as individuals who took at all magnesium.

Inside their study, they looked at magnesium intake and diabetes risk in 4,497 men and women aged 18 to thirty years old, none of whom were diabetic in the study's outset. During a 20-year follow-up period, 330 of the subjects developed diabetes.

The people with the highest magnesium intake were 47 percent less prone to develop diabetes than others eating the lowest intakes (average of 100 milligrams of magnesium per 1,000 calories).

The study noted, however, that large clinical trials testing the consequences of magnesium on diabetes risk are essential to find out whether a causal relationship truly exists.

The outcomes of this study could explain why usage of grain, that are full of magnesium, is connected with lower diabetes risk. Even though whole grain products can be a common way to obtain magnesium, there are several other sources of magnesium to take into consideration.

Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources because the middle of the chlorophyll molecule (which provides vegetables their color) contains magnesium. Some legumes (beans and peas), seeds and nuts, and whole, unrefined grains will also be good sources.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:36
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Six best practices for EHR implementation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Thompson, Web Editor, HealthcareITNews.com   
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 15:22

Peggy E. Delany, MBA, CHBC, CEO, DR Management, LLC, Member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants (NSCHBC), and Thomas S. Nelson, CIO, COO, DR Management, LLC, shared the following six best practices for hospitals and medical groups when implementing electronic health records.

1. Tailor your EHR to fit within staff workflows
"You cannot implement the system to meet 100% of each individual’s needs, but neither can you implement in a generic manner and assume that everyone will adjust," Delany and Nelson emphasized. But it is important to determine which aspects can be adapted to work on an individual basis, and which aspects can work across a wider spectrum. Securing the opinions and recommendations of the staff - as well as their cooperation and commitment - are crucial to making sure the EHR will work for everyone.

2. Identify ways the EHR could potentially fail in order to prevent problems in the future
Gather input from stakeholders to pinpoint ways the EHR could fail, and use that knowledge to determine what it will take for the EHR to be successful. "Remember that you are dealing with huge amounts of data. Be sure to allow for enough storage and fast enough computers to quickly access the data," said Delany and Nelson.

3. Don’t rush implementation, take time to train
"Train for every step of the process and do several short training sessions," advised Delany and Nelson. They also stressed that beginning with the basics is important, and to follow a planned-out procedure so as to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of implementation.

4. In EHR implementation, practices are not extensions of the hospital
Practices and hospitals have very different requirements for EHRs. Delany and Nelson noted that “processes that bring success to hospitals might very well create failure in medical practices.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:11
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