Study: Web portal useful for diabetes treatment; University medical center breaches student info;

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> Researchers in Sweden created a self-management patient portal that included diabetes information and social networking functions and studied its use and effects in pediatric patients with diabetes. They found that the use of a web portal can be a useful complement to traditional diabetes care. The results appear in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study

> The University of Mississippi Medical Center accidentally revealed Social Security numbers, grade-point averages and other personal information for most of its student body this week, violating state and federal privacy laws, according to the Clarion-Ledger. According to the article, UMC's accounting department on Wednesday attached the private data to a mass email notifying students about changes to the school's health insurance. Article

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> A new series of polls demonstrate the mindset of California consumers when it comes to the healthcare reform law. Among the findings, a majority of Californians still don't understand healthcare reform, despite the law's continued popularity throughout the state. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont won a contract to administer health coverage for more than 23,000 state employees and their dependents by including a strong wellness model and lower costs. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday Blue Cross would replace Cigna as the insurer for the state's employees as of Jan. 1. Article

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> A $3 million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant will help Indiana hospitals become more "baby-friendly" by encouraging breastfeeding to combat childhood obesity in the area, the Evansville Courier & Press reports. Article

And Finally... Slow ride, take it easy. Article

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