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Well, this is a surprise. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 contains a little known section, Section 1013, that has actually led to something really useful: Up-to-date information about diabetes culled from real research and presented in language that we all can understand. Section 1013 authorizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to compare the effectiveness of different approaches to difficult health problems and to make that information accessible and understandable to "decisionmakers": that is, you, me, and our doctors. And diabetes is one of the difficult health problems to which the AHRQ is directing its attention.
2 comments - Apr 21, 2009 -
The majority of U.S. adults are worried about being able to afford medical care and prescription medications.1 In addition, a recent study reveals that one in seven children and working-age Americans went without needed prescription medications in 2007 due to cost concerns, up from one in 10 in 2003. Experts predict these statistics are likely to get worse in 2009, and this could present even greater hardships for those Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes.2
3 comments - Apr 3, 2009 -
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Why not find out today whether you or your loved ones are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Take our easy Diabetes Risk Assessment test to estimate your risk of having diabetes by collecting information about your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, etc.
0 comments - Mar 24, 2009 -
Sanofi-aventis U.S., a maker of insulin as well as many other pharmaceuticals, announced last month the launch of their new YouTube diabetes channel that's designed to challenge the barriers, myths, and misperceptions about insulin use and empower people living with type 2 diabetes to make better-informed decisions for managing their condition. The channel is part of their broader GoInsulin campaign, a multi-media resource for people living with type 2 diabetes to help dispel the myths about insulin.
0 comments - Mar 19, 2009 -
Try Running Kids, a company whose mission is to teach children to live a healthy lifestyle through adventure-based interactive educational entertainment (edutainment) programs in the classroom, recently announced its "Journey To Fitness" series. It has launched in schools across 12 counties throughout Florida and is growing rapidly.
0 comments - Feb 10, 2009 -
In a speech on January 8, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama pledged to make all medical records electronic within five years.
33 comments - Jan 20, 2009 -
Times are hard this year, and it's that much harder to make your holiday money stretch very far. Charities, food banks, and other causes are feeling the pinch. Food banks, for example, have more people than ever needing their assistance, and fewer people able to give. In fact, people who used to give are now forced to be recipients.
0 comments - Dec 8, 2008 -
LifeScan, the maker of OneTouch blood glucose meters, recently announced Global Diabetes Handprint, a new collaboration with the Diabetes Hands Foundation. The project encourages people with diabetes to post an image of their hand, decorated with words and graphics depicting their personal expressions about living with diabetes (or decorate a virtual hand online). The project is designed to help people with diabetes use self-expression to connect with each other and feel less isolated.
1 comment - Oct 27, 2008 -
When Gina Capone, a thirty-something type 1 for eight years, got married this year, she and her husband decided it was time to start thinking about having a baby. Like all women with diabetes who are planning a pregnancy, Gina needs her A1c to be as low as possible in order to prevent complications for her and her baby. This strict control can be very challenging and time-consuming, requiring up to 20 blood sugar tests a day.
3 comments - Sep 4, 2008 -
Fires. Earthquakes. Floods. Hurricanes. Things we don't want to think about, that we don't think can happen to us. But they can. Hurricane Katrina illustrated how quickly emergencies can arise that force people to abandon their homes. In the rush to get to safety, sometimes vital items are lost or forgotten. Health records are one of those things.
0 comments - Sep 4, 2008 -
Diabetes Health is the essential resource for people living with diabetes- both newly diagnosed and experienced as well as the professionals who care for them. We provide balanced expert news and information on living healthfully with diabetes. Each issue includes cutting-edge editorial coverage of new products, research, treatment options, and meaningful lifestyle issues.