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Postprandial Hyperglycemia and Increased Cardiovascular Risk
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hyperglycemia is a major risk factor for both the microvascular and macrovascular complications in patients with Type 2 diabetes. This review summarizes the cardiovascular results of large outcomes trials in diabetes and presents new evidence on the role of hyperglycemia, with particular emphasis on postprandial hyperglycemia, in adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Lunchtime Coffee Break Best for Fighting Diabetes
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Drinking coffee cuts diabetes risk, new research confirms, but you may need to enjoy your java with lunch if you want to get any benefit.

Method Identified to Help Reduce Fat in the Blood
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
The obesity epidemic is a concern for experts around the world. One of the major problems is high levels of lipids in the blood, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease and Type 2 diabetes. But a University of Alberta researcher has taken a major step in protecting people against these diseases.

Eye Disease Linked to Weakened Brain Power in People with Diabetes
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in the working-age population, could be associated with poorer memory and diminished brain power in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

High Cholesterol, Diabetes Lead Drug Spending for the Elderly
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Purchases of cholesterol and diabetes prescription drugs by elderly Medicare beneficiaries reached nearly $19 billion in 2007 -- about one-fourth of the approximately $82 billion spent for medications for the elderly, according to the latest AHRQ News and Numbers.

A1c Outperforms Fasting Glucose for Diabetes Risk Prediction
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Measurements of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) more accurately identify persons at risk for clinical outcomes than the commonly used measurement of fasting glucose, according to a new published study.

The White House Blog: Voices of Reform
Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
There’s no issue that touches people more directly than health care, so there’s good reason for people to want as much reassurance as they can get before the country goes ahead with reform. That’s why those who work in our health care system day in and day out have a unique role in weighing in on the merits of any reform effort.

In an unprecedented show of diverse, even sweeping support, a virtual army of organizations came out in support of the President’s health reform proposal this morning as Congress prepares to make its final decisions.

Special Newsflash: Exenatide Once Weekly -- FDA Update
Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Amylin, Lilly and Alkermes received a Complete Response Letter from FDA for Exenatide Once Weekly. New drug to be called BYDUREON (exenatide for extended-release injectable suspension).

In the complete response letter there are no requests for new pre-clinical or clinical trials. Requests raised in the letter primarily relate to the finalization of the product labeling with accompanying Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) and clarification of existing manufacturing processes.

A1c's Over Five Percent Increase Risk for Stroke
Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010
Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), even at levels considered in the "normal" range, emerged as an independently significant predictor of heart-disease events, stroke, and death over more than a decade in an analysis from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. The risks of incident diabetes, coronary heart disease events, and death were significantly increased for all HbA1c values higher than the reference range of 5.0% to <5.5%.

Stinky Diabetes Drug May Result in Poor Adherence
Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010
An immediate-release form of the antidiabetic agent metformin has a dead fish odor that may cause patients to stop taking the drug, clinicians warned.

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