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Study: Larger waist associated with greater risk of death

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that those with a larger waist size more likely are at greater risk of dying from any cause over a nine-year period.

Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., and colleagues at the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, examined the association between waist circumference and risk of death among 48,500 men and 56,343 women ages 50 years and older. All had participated in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, for which they completed a mailed questionnaire about demographic, medical and behavioral factors in 1992 or 1993 and provided information about weight and waist circumference in 1997. Deaths and their causes were tracked through the National Death Index until Dec. 31, 2006; a total of 9,315 men and 5,332 women died during this timeframe.

After adjusting for body mass index and other risk factors, very large waists (120 centimeters or 47 inches or larger in men, and 110 centimeters or 42 inches or larger in women) were associated with approximately twice the risk of death during the study period. A larger waist was associated with higher risk of death across all categories of BMI, including normal weight, overweight and obese; however, among women, the association was strongest for those at a normal weight.

“The reason for the stronger association between waist circumference and mortality among women with low BMI in our study is unclear,” the authors wrote. “Future detailed analyses of the relationship between waist circumference and visceral adipose tissue or measures of insulin resistance within categories of BMI could identify biological reasons for potential differences in the strength of the association between waist circumference and mortality.”

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PositiveID files patent for Insulin Tracker

BY Alaric DeArment

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. A company that develops healthcare and information management products has applied for a patent for an insulin-pen tracking and recording device.

 

PositiveID announced Monday that it had filed for a patent for the Insulin Tracker with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The device slides onto insulin pens and allows diabetes patients to track and record the amount of insulin they inject, including the time and date of each injection, transmitting it to PositiveID’s iGlucose System database and allowing patients and their healthcare providers to monitor compliance.

 

 

“Due to the cumbersome nature of manually recording blood glucose levels, insulin dosages and the appropriate dates and times for each, many patients’ diabetes logs are incomplete or even nonexistent, which directly impacts patient compliance,” PositiveID chairman and CEO Scott Silverman said.

 

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Milwaukee Health Services taps new corporate communications specialist

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE, Wis. Milwaukee Health Services, which owns and operates a retail-based convenient care clinic here, has hired Clarene Mitchell as corporate communications specialist.

In her new role, Mitchell’s duties will include advancing the organization’s public image, facilitating business and government partnerships, fundraising strategy efforts and special projects.

An initial area of concentration will focus on increasing the public image and utilization of MHSI’s Convenient Care Clinic that operates in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly supermarket. MHSI opened the clinic in October 2009 in partnership with Managed Health Services. The clinic, which is owned and operated by MHSI, was the first retail based clinic to be opened by a Federally Qualified Health Center on a national basis, the company stated.

Mitchell most recently worked with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Her professional history includes managing programs and public relations interests for Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.  Prior to that she was a health communications officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, the health and education liaison for Mayor John O. Norquist, in addition to other roles with such organizations as Sojourner Truth House, American Lung Association, Lisbon Avenue Neighborhood Development and the Milwaukee Urban League.

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