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Study on Benefits of Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics
Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have been awarded a $3M grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the benefits of strength training for people with type 2 diabetes who are at normal weight.
With type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly to control blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, and current guidelines emphasize aerobic exercise and weight loss for overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, up to one in five people with type 2 diabetes are at normal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) under 25. They may not need to lose weight. For these individuals, best exercise regimen is not yet known. There is evidence that strength training, which improves muscle mass while decreasing body fat, may be more beneficial for normal weight diabetics than other types of exercise. Read More about NIH Awards $3M Grant to PAMF Research Institute
Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., an internal medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), co-creator of PAMF’s South Asian Health program, and medical director of PAMF’s mobile medical clinic, has written a new book, The South Asian Health Solution.
Published in March 2014, The South Asian Health Solution provides a health-based wellness plan culturally tailored to South Asians. Dr. Sinha provides evidence-based case studies and patient success stories, as well as a comprehensive family-oriented approach to lifestyle changes that can make positive health impacts.
“The epidemic of obesity and insulin resistance is a global crisis, and this book is an effort to educate and motivate South Asians who don’t find current books and resources culturally tailored to their traditions and lifestyle preferences,” said Dr. Sinha. “I share the most effective strategies for achieving health goals learned from my South Asian medical consult practice and my corporate wellness programs.”
Dr. Sinha is a recipient of the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care hero award, and he specializes in helping patients of South Asian heritage moderate heart disease risk factors and obesity trends with a comprehensive lifestyle modification approach that has delivered evidence-based results. He also works closely with employers in Silicon Valley to help reduce heart disease and diabetes risk in their employee communities, and gives corporate health lectures to promote wellness in the workplace. He hosts a bi-monthly radio program on South Asian health and wellness, and blogs at southasianhealthsolution.org.
Watch Dr. Sinha discuss South Asian health tips:
Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary diseases
El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.
Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.
Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital, is the chair of the fellowship search and director of the fellowship program. The joint IP program is the leading program on the West Coast and one of only 15 nationwide providing diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine.
Seventy-four percent of employers who offer health insurance also offer an employee wellness program. Options such as smoking cessation groups and walking programs encourage employees to set and achieve health goals in exchange for discounted health insurance premiums. In January 2014, the government allowed employers to increase the incentive discount, from 20 percent to 30 percent of the total health insurance premium cost.
But do employee wellness programs actually work? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) recently published a commentary in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on this question.
According to Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS, PAMFRI Assistant Research Physician, while monetary incentives may help employees start to make changes, sustaining those changes in the long term is far more challenging.
Generous Support Enhances Pediatric Vision Services for the Underserved and Anchors Capital Campaign for new Sunnyvale Vision Care Center
The Sunnyvale Vision Care Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received an $800,000 gift from Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D., and Judith Munnerlyn. The contribution will support two important vision initiatives at PAMF. First, it will provide free vision care to underserved children as part of a partnership with the Sunnyvale School District. Second, the donation launches a $1.2 million capital campaign to begin building PAMF’s Sunnyvale Vision Care Center. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the vision care center will named the Munnerlyn Eye Institute.
“I’ve spent my entire career developing innovative ophthalmic instruments from automated refractors to glaucoma testing equipment to lasers for treating eye diseases, and, ultimately, a laser for vision correction,” said Dr. Munnerlyn, who received his Ph.D. in optical engineering. “Nothing is more rewarding than having people tell me how they benefitted from vision technologies with which I have been involved. Making a contribution like this to Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities, provides a means not only for testing the vision of young people, but building the Eye Institute gives more people access to eye care and expands existing services.”
Dr. Munnerlyn is known as one of the founding fathers of laser vision correction for his role in developing the technology which has been used on more than 15 million eyes. In the 1970s, Dr. Munnerlyn founded VISX, Incorporated, which became the leading manufacturer of laser-based vision correction systems in the world. He serves on the board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) are exploring a new and creative way to manage Type 2 diabetes in South Asian immigrants. For the first time, Bollywood dance – a high-energy, cinematic dance style native to India –will be studied for its effectiveness in managing diabetes.
In comparison to all other racial and ethnic groups, South Asians in the United States have one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes. For this group, encouraging lifestyle changes, such as increasing exercise and making healthier eating choices, are an essential part of diabetes care.
Amlu Natesan, a UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program student, has partnered with PAMFRI’s Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S. and her research team and the India Community Center (ICC) to address this issue. The Culturally Relevant Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes (CURE-D) study is piloting an innovative Bollywood exercise program in an effort to motivate and engage South Asian women in exercise.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received reaccreditation by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
“Quality and safety for our patients is and always will be our prime focus,” said Paula Reed, R.N., director of oncology and infusion services at PAMF. “The cancer care physicians and staff are committed to continuous quality improvement. We’re very proud of this recertification from ASCO and QOPI.”
PAMF first achieved QOPI certification in January 2011 – and was one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the certification program, which was launched in January 2010. In applying for recertification, PAMF had to re-apply for certification and meet its requirements, which includes onsite review.