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Increased Statin Dose Benefits Diabetics With Heart Disease
Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006
The data suggest that the use of high-dose statin to achieve an LDL cholesterol level considerably lower than 100 mg/dL may be appropriate for patients with diabetes and coronary heart disease, irrespective of their initial LDL cholesterol level, age, duration of diabetes, or glycemic control.



Mixing Long and Short Acting Insulins in Same Syringe Does Not Compromise Long-Term Glycemic Control
Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006
Mixing Lantus and rapid-acting insulins as Humalog or Novolog does not compromise glycemic control.

Extended-Release Metformin Tablets (Fortamet) Linked to Risk for Lactic Acidosis
Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006
The FDA approved safety labeling revisions for metformin HCl extended-release tablets (Fortamet, made by Andrx Labs, LLC) to warn of the risk for lactic acidosis associated with metformin accumulation during treatment.



Viagra Improves Sex Life of Diabetic Women
Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006
Young women with diabetes with sexual dysfunction may find that Viagra (sildenafil) improves arousal, orgasm and sexual enjoyment and decreases pain during intercourse.



Diabetes, Heart Disease Can Herald Early GI Cancers
Posted: Friday, June 02, 2006
"The presence of diabetes or heart disease can be a signal for clinicians to evaluate patients' risk for digestive cancers.” “And begin treatment with Ace inhibitors, which may reduce the risk of colon, pancreatic and esophageal cancers."



Lipid-lowering Therapy Prevents Coronary Events in Diabetics
Posted: Friday, June 02, 2006
Lipid-lowering drug treatment significantly reduced the risk of major coronary events in patients with and without type 2 diabetes, and that patients with diabetes derived more benefit from lipid-lowering therapy as primary and secondary prevention.



Bristol-Myers Squibb Discontinues Development of Pargluva
Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that Pargluva could double the risk of death, heart attack or strokes in diabetics compared to a placebo.



Grapefruit Juice Drug Interaction Culprit Identified
Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Those dangerous interactions when grapefruit juice is mixed with some drugs are apparently triggered by members of a family of plant toxins called furanocoumarins. Watch for the new Grapefruit juice to hit the supermarket shelves soon.


Scientists Make Major Finding on Potential Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2006
The study, which combined two therapies (anti-CD3 antibody and proinsulin peptide) already being tested individually in human clinical trials, produced better efficacy, longer-lasting results and fewer side effects in the preclinical trials in mice than either therapy has shown alone in the human studies. The researchers hope to begin testing the combination therapy in human clinical trials later this year.



Diabetes Drug Use by Children Doubled in US Over 3-Year Period
Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Between 2002 to 2005, the use of agents to prevent or treat type 2 diabetes among US children, 5 to 19 years of age, increased from about 0.3 to 0.6 per 1000, which could have "enormous implications" for long-term healthcare needs and expenses.

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