Diabetes Briefs

| Apr 1, 1997

Identify Yourself

Emergency room doctors and paramedics say don't throw away your medical ID bracelets and necklaces just yet.

A new crop of medical ID cards is on the market. The cards are carried in a wallet or purse. Manufacturers of these cards claim a higher level of protection in comparison to MedicAlert and other medical ID jewelry.

However, emergency physicians and paramedics say ID cards aren't likely to help if a patient has a medical condition that needs to be quickly identified. "People don't always carry wallets or purses. And even when they do those items often fail to follow accident victims to emergency departments," says Charlotte Yeh, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Boston's New England Medical Center.

Innovation in Phoenix

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will be holding the Diabetes Expo of Arizona on April 6 at the Civic Plaza in downtown Phoenix. The ADA promises that this patient self-care management health fair will be the largest of its kind. It will target people with diabetes with a highly interactive program with lots to choose from: free seminars, ask-the-expert booths, live how-to demonstrations, screenings, kids corner, Spanish language booths and an exhibit showcasing the latest products on the market. The Expo will cost $12 at the door, and $2 discount coupons can be obtained at all Osco Drugs stores. Discounts are also available for minorities and Native Americans, and all children under 18 will be admitted free. For more information call (602) 861-0387.

Equal Opportunity for Diabetes Care

Contrary to several previous studies of medical care for African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and non-Hispanic whites, a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases determined that the frequency of diabetes care is similar among all three ethnic groups. However, the degree of medical care differed significantly.

The study concludes that while major differences may not exist in the access and frequency of medical care for these three ethnic groups, "the higher rates of microvascular complications in African-Americans and Hispanics with NIDDM (type 2) in the U.S. provide evidence that medical care cannot be optimal for these two groups."

A Close Call for Chronimed

As reported in the March issue of DIABETES HEALTH, Chronimed had stopped shipment of their Quick Check One blood glucose strips, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) questioned the strips' reliability.

This month, Chronimed announced that they have resolved the matter with the FDA and will resume shipment of their Quick Check One blood glucose strips. According to a company press release, the timing of this resolution has enabled Chronimed to narrowly avoid a major financial loss.

Commenting on these new developments, Maurice R. Taylor II, a Chronimed spokesperson, said, "This resolution squashes speculation in the marketplace that the FDA investigation of Quick Check would result in a product recall. We have been definitively informed that there will be no recall."

The JDFI and the VA Open Doors

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International (JDFI) announced the opening of three Diabetes Research Centers at VA medical hospitals in Nashville, Iowa City and San Diego.

The JDFI and the VA agreed to cosponsor diabetes research projects amounting to $15 million and build a total of six diabetes centers at VA hospitals around the country.

Researchers Locate Gene in Finland

Researchers have located a second gene - NIDDM2, or chromosome 12 - that triggers type 2 diabetes. Scientists believe that severe mutation of the gene may also cause a rare form of diabetes among younger people.

An international team of scientists studied 217 villagers from the Botnia region of Finland. Researchers consider the region an ideal locale for genetic studies because its homogenous population allows for easier detection of genetic defects.

Doolittle Does A Lot

Artist Bev Doolittle and her publisher, The Greenwich Workshop, presented $590,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International (JDFI).

Recently, Ms. Doolittle's teenage son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. To help him and other children with diabetes, Ms. Doolittle sold 20,000 signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints titled Three More for Breakfast and then donated the proceeds to the JDFI.

The donated money is earmarked for the Jeanne Schreyer, Lilly Shappell and Sala Webb Diabetes Interdisciplinary Research Program at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. The program is part of the JDF's $200 million "The Only Remedy Is a Cure" campaign located at established medical and research centers around the world. The campaign is dedicated to teaming world-class diabetes researchers with top scientists in other disciplines.

The SEC Tours 21st Century

As part of its investigation into the viability of Twenty-First Century Health Inc.'s glucose monitoring device, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took a tour of the company's facilities in Reno, Nev. The SEC has yet to make a public statement about its findings.

Twenty-First Century Health Inc. has an exclusive license to manufacture and market the non-invasive glucose meter invented by Milton Fuller of Solid State Farms.

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