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Tai Chi as a Sleep Aid for the Elderly
Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2008
Many elderly people suffer some form of sleep disorder, and as a treatment, the majority turn to either medications that often have risky side effects, or costly psychotherapies. UCLA researchers have discovered an unexpected natural sleep-aid for the elderly, martial arts.

Alcohol Induced Brain Damage Parallels Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2008
Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to the degeneration of genes in the brain that recognize insulin. The resulting effects are comparable to neurological deterioration's that often result from type 2 diabetes.

Hemoglobin A1C Levels Strongly Linked to Subsequent Mortality in Diabetes
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) levels are strongly associated with subsequent mortality in both men and women without a previous diabetes diagnosis, according to the results of the largest study to date of A1C levels and subsequent mortality risk, reported in the June issue of Diabetes Care. In those without known diabetes at baseline, a 1% increase in A1C level was associated with a 16% increase in mortality rate.

No Efficacy or Safety Sacrifice with Weekly Exenatide (Byetta LAR)
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
A long-acting version of the injectable diabetes drug exenatide (Byetta) showed efficacy advantages and safety comparable to the standard formulation given twice a day, researchers said.

HEART2D Study Shows No Cardiovascular Benefit by Targeting Postprandial Glucose Levels
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
A study examining the effects of hyperglycemia on type 2 diabetes patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the Hyperglycemia and Its Effect After Acute Myocardial Infarction on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes (HEART2D) study, found no cardiovascular benefits from tightly controlling postprandial variations in blood glucose.

Further Evidence Supports Vitamin-D-Deficiency Link to CHD
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
Further evidence that vitamin-D deficiency may increase the risk of heart disease has come from a new case-control study.

Treated Diabetes Associated With Increased Risk for Depression
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
Persons with treated type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing depression, while a more modest association was found between persons with depression and the risk of diabetes, according to a new study.

Investigational DPP-4 Inhibitor Effective as Add-On and Stand-Alone
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
Alogliptin, an investigational once-daily oral drug for type 2 diabetes, showed good efficacy and safety both as monotherapy and together with standard agents, researchers in five phase III trials stated at ADA Scientific Sessions.

Glycemic Control Markedly Improved with Duodenal-Jejunal Sleeve
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
For obese patients with diabetes, a Teflon-like sleeve placed inside the small intestine just beyond the stomach iimproves glycemic control quickly and markedly.

Diabetic Ulcer Gel Gets Black Box Warning
Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008
A black box warning has been added to the safety labeling for becaplermin gel (Regranex, Johnson & Johnson) to warn of the increased risk for cancer mortality in patients who use 3 or more tubes of the product, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday.

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