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US May Raise Standards for Diabetes Drugs
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
U.S. health officials are weighing tougher requirements for companies looking to launch new entries into the lucrative market for diabetes drugs. Following heart risk concerns with GlaxoSmithKline's pill Avandia, regulators will ask outside experts next week how much data should be gathered before and after approval about potential cardiovascular benefits or harms.

Electronic Medical Records Coming Soon
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., and dozens of organizations promoting consumer adoption of electronic personal health records agreed for the first time on a comprehensive set of privacy protections.

Age No Substitute for Condoms
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008
Campaigns to promote awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI's) are almost exclusively aimed at young people, but a recent study has shown that STI incidence amongst older adults has more than doubled in the past eight years.

Diabetes Medication May Promote Eye Health
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The diabetes medication rosiglitazone has been associated with a reduction in the likelihood of developing the eye disease called proliferative diabetic retinopathy. A study published in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology also found that diabetes patients using the drug were less likely to have reductions in visual acuity (or sharpness).

More Evidence of Increased Fractures With Thiazolidinediones
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Further evidence that long-term use of the thiazolidinediones rosiglitazone and pioglitazone may increase risk of fractures (particularly of the hip and wrist) has come from a new case-control study.

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.

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.

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