09 May 2016

Medical Errors Are Leading Killer After Heart Disease and Cancer, Study Finds

After heart disease and cancer, medical errors kill more Americans than anything else, claiming a quarter of a million lives a year, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. If bungles and safety lapses in the hospital were accounted for as deaths from disease and injury are, they would be the third most common cause of death in the U.S., leading to more fatalities than respiratory disease, the report in the British Medical Journal argues. Source:  Bloomberg
02 May 2016

This Diabetes Drug Could Halt Alzheimer’s Disease

A recently published clinical study provides hope that an approved, safe, widely-used diabetes drug can be re-purposed for halting, or at least slowing, the progression Alzheimer's disease. The treatment of Alzheimer's in this manner comes as a bit of a surprise. It seems to have been more widely discussed in the European press, but not so much in the U.S., leading many to miss the news, and it has potential implications for pharmaceutical and biotech companies working on both diabetes and Alzheimer's treatments.
Source:  Seeking Alpha
27 April 2016

Study Highlights Risk of DKA After Surgery

A new study highlights the dangers that people with Type 1 diabetes face when their medical teams inadequately prepare them for major surgery, in this case bariatric surgery. People with Type 1 are not immune from obesity, and some turn to bariatric surgery. However, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that 25 percent of those with Type 1 who received this surgery suffered from moderate to severe diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) afterwards. To get this figure, the researchers studied 10 years of patient information at the clinic. The results were reported on in Diabetes Care and Medscape.
Source:  Insulin Nation
18 April 2016

4 Tips for Diabetic Foot Management

Podiatrists and vascular experts recently developed new diabetic foot management guidelines, according to a Medscape report. Recommendations focus on preventing and relieving major foot issues that can come with diabetes. Here are some highlights of what they recommended.
Source:  Type 2 Nation
11 April 2016

Nearly Half a Billion People Now Have Diabetes

According to the WHO, the number of diabetes cases has nearly quadrupled over the last three decades. In 1980, the number of adults living with the condition worldwide was around 108 million; by 2014, it had increased to 422 million. While the report didn’t distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, it noted that the latter—which is connected to lifestyle and diet choices—is far more common.
Source:  Gizmodo
06 April 2016

Deadly diabetes in ‘unrelenting march’

The world is facing an "unrelenting march" of diabetes which now affects nearly one in 11 adults, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In a major report it warned cases had nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980. High blood sugar levels are a major killer - linked to 3.7 million deaths around the world each year, it says. And officials said the numbers would continue to increase unless "drastic action" was taken.
Source:  BBC
04 April 2016

Underactive Thyroid May Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

People with an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, may be at greater risk for type 2 diabetes - even if their thyroid hormone levels are kept within normal range, a new study finds. As the Dutch researchers explained, thyroid hormones are essential for the regulation of metabolism - the conversion of food into either energy or fat. However, an underactive thyroid gland slows metabolism, and that can lead to weight gain, the scientists said.
Source:  WebMD
28 March 2016

New hope for a type 2 diabetes cure

The cancer treatment drug Imatinib, otherwise known as Gleevec is approved to treat various forms of cancer, mostly notably chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, researchers have stumbled onto another possible use for it, curing type 2 diabetes.
Source:  Science Daily    
22 March 2016

VitalSims Launches New Patient Safety Module; All 200 Free Seats Claimed in 3 Hours

VitalSims announced the national release of their incontinence associated skin damage (IASD) online training simulation. This is the latest addition to their suite of patient safety and chronic disease management educational software developed for health care professionals and students. Sponsored by Hartmann USA, this program included free licenses for the first 200 users to register.  All 200 licenses were claimed within 3 hours of launch.
Source:  Vital Simulations
11 March 2016

VitalSims Announced as Finalist in ADA’s Venture to Stop Diabetes Challenge

The American Diabetes Association of Illinois has reviewed numerous submissions for Round One of the Venture to Stop Diabetes Challenge, and has determined the Finalists, all of which will present their submission to a panel of judges at EXPO, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Hall D. Finalists were chosen based the following criteria: Relevance, Creativity and Innovation, Feasibility and Sustainability, Organization and Clarity.
Source:  American Diabetes Association