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Tracking Hospital Infections

When we visit the hospital, we don't expect to be released with more problems than when we checked in. But that's a very real possibility, according to a sobering new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Why We Need Them

Endocrinologists are in a funny position when it comes to people with diabetes. We spend so much time with our diseases that we don't really need them to manage things on a daily basis, but we can't write our prescriptions on our own. 

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Jerry the Bear Guides Kids Through Type 1 Diagnosis

Each year, 186,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and many are the only ones in their family with the disease.

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Sizing Up Gen X

Australia's Generation X population is twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes by a certain as baby boomers had at the same age. A national health survey looked at the Gen X population born between 1966 and 1980 and compared its weight and diet to baby boomers born between 1946-1965. The survey found the rate of obesity was 50 percent higher in Gen X.

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Statin Stats

A British study of 46,262 people concludes that statin side-effects are minimal. Of all the statins reviewed, rosuvastatin (Crestor) was found to be the most efficient at raising HDL (good cholesterol) levels while fluvastatin was the least likely to cause muscle pain, a common symptom of statin use. Only one in five of the side effects in the test group was caused by statins.

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A Bolus Bonus

The iPhone is taking a seat at the dinner table.

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Saxagliptin- Oral Medication Caution

The FDA wants to take another look at a pill approved in 2006 for control of glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetess. In a trial study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, saxagliptin (brand name Onglyza) was shown to coincide with an increased rate of hospitalization for heart failure of 27 percent compared to type 2s taking a placebo. The FDA has not asked prescribers and patients to stop taking saxagliptin, but to use caution while a review is underway.

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Text Messages Can Stop Type 2 Diabetes

Regular, health-focused text messages can prevent type 2 diabetes, according to new research out of India.

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Medication Errors “Oops Wrong Insulin”

A study of state hospitals by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority focusing on medication errors found dispensing insulin to be among the most frequent mistakes made. Twenty percent of patients were given the wrong kind of insulin from the pharmacy, 18.4 percent were given the wrong mix of insulin, and 17.4 percent of the mistakes were from misreading the prescription written by the doctor.

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Is "Fat Cell Expansion" a Cause of Obesity?

One of the last things we want to hear in a society where most of us work seated at a desk or table is our style of work may be a contributor to the current epidemic obesity.

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