01 March 2016

New findings could boost type 1 diabetes treatment

For six weeks seven-year-old Bethan Westcott-Storer was feeling listless and losing weight, worrying parents Lizzie and Dean. Now aged nine, she's the picture of health, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2014, since when she's been treating herself via an omnipod pump that delivers insulin via a cannula under her skin.
Source:  Reuters
22 February 2016

Report shows medical error deaths uptick

Deaths from medical mistakes in Minnesota hospitals were up slightly in 2015, according to the annual report from the state Department of Health. Minnesota is one of only five states that annually report the “adverse events” in hospitals. In 2015, the report said there were 316 “events”, including 16 deaths, up from 13 in 2014. Most of the deaths were attributed to falls.
  Source:  KARE 11
09 February 2016

The Race Toward an Artificial Pancreas: Where Are We Today?

While we will not see a true artificial pancreas (AP) – a closed-loop insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system – come to market in 2016, we are so close we can artificially taste it. The major insulin pump players are all indeed working toward an AP, albeit more slowly than our community might like. As we highlight the progress these companies are making, we should clarify what we mean when we refer to an AP system, as many have argued that the concept lives along a spectrum....
  Source:  A Sweet Life
02 February 2016

Tendon pain linked to type 2 diabetes

Exercise is important to managing type 2 diabetes, but the condition may also make a person prone to tendon pain, which can interfere with exercise, researchers say. Based on an analysis of past studies, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes are more than three times as likely as those without the disease to have tendon pain, known as tendinopathy. And people with diagnosed tendinopathy have 30 percent higher odds of having diabetes.
  Source:  Reuters Health
25 January 2016

Ad Campaign Raises Prediabetes Awareness

Are you at risk for diabetes? Diabetes mellitus has become a global epidemic, but not everyone is aware that they are likely to suffer from the disease until it is too late. Prediabetes is a condition characterized by an above normal blood glucose or sugar level but less than that of the range of type 2 diabetes. It likely ends with type 2 diabetes; thus, basically putting an end to it is essential.  
Source:  Science Times
19 January 2016

High Blood Sugar May Up Heart Attack Complications

High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of complications in heart attack patients, a new study suggests. Researchers found that high blood sugar (glucose) causes stronger contraction of blood vessels and also identified a protein associated with this increased contraction. The findings could lead to new treatments to improve outcomes after heart attack or stroke, the study authors said.  
Source:  WebMD
11 January 2016

Ask Well: Eating With Diabetes

When people receive a diabetes diagnosis, they’re often told to eliminate sugar-sweetened soda and desserts from their diet. But people can work with a diabetes educator to develop an eating plan that includes these and other favorite foods, albeit in limited amounts, said Maggie Powers president-elect of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association.
  Source:  Ask Well: New York Times
05 January 2016

Diabetes in UK tops 4 million

New figures released on Tuesday show that - for the first time - the number of people living with diabetes in the UK now exceeds 4 million. Diabetes UK say the country faces an urgent need for adequate diabetes care.  
Source:  Medical News Today