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Merck's New Obesity Drug Cuts Pounds
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
An experimental Merck obesity drug helped patients lose weight and burn up calories, but at higher doses caused psychiatric side effects similar to those that prevented U.S. approval of a similar Sanofi-Aventis drug, researchers said.

Sudden Hearing Loss from Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
FDA has received about 30 reports of sudden hearing loss in patients taking a class of erectile dysfunction drugs called PDE5 inhibitors.

Depression Program Lowers Mortality in Depressed Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Researchers report, that a program can be implemented in primary care practices to reduce the mortality among older diabetics who also have a diagnosis of depression.

Diabetics More Likely To Die After Heart Attack
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Mortality is still higher in those with diabetes than in non-diabetics, even though the treatment of people with diabetes who suffer a heart attack has improved.

Statins Reduce All-Cause Mortality 22% in Elderly CHD Patients
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008
In elderly patients with documented coronary heart disease (CHD), statins reduce all-cause mortality, as well as CHD mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction, the need for revascularization, and stroke, a new review has shown. Investigators say that the magnitude of benefit, with statins reducing all-cause mortality 22%, is larger than previously estimated.

Lack of Deep Sleep Raises Diabetes Risk
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Three nights of interrupted slumber upsets young people's blood sugar levels the same as if they gained 20-30 pounds,, study finds.

Only Biennial Exams Needed to Prevent Blindness?
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008
"Biennial screening examinations suffice in both type 1 and type 2 patients with diabetes without retinopathy is effective.

Neuropathic Pain Effectively Treated by Cannabis
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008
Smoked cannabis eased pain induced in healthy volunteers, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR.) However, the researchers found that less may be more.

Mental Health Linked to Amputation Risk in Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008
For U.S. veterans with diabetes, lower scores on a test of mental health functioning are associated with an increased risk of major amputations, according to a new study.

2008 ADA Guidelines for Medical Nutrition Therapy
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008
ADA has updated its guidelines regarding medical nutrition therapy (MNT), including the use of low-carbohydrate diets to prevent diabetes, manage existing diabetes, and prevent or slow the rate of development of diabetes complications.

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