Diabetes Briefs

| Jun 1, 1997

Hold the Bologna

Researchers found that a protein-enriched snack only adds calories and does not prolong protection against low blood sugars. The Endocrine Research Unit, in Rochester, Minnesota, conducted a study to determine whether the treatment of hypoglycemia with a snack containing both protein and carbohydrate results in more prolonged protection against low blood sugars than a snack containing only carbohydrates. The research findings were published in the April 1996 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Shareholders Unite Against Biocontrol

A rash of lawsuits filed by angry shareholders against Biocontrol last year have been certified and consolidated as a class action suit by the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. The shareholders' suits were filed after the FDA advisory panel deemed the Diasensor 1000 non-invasive meter to be ineffective.

Phase II Trial for Insulin Sensitizer

Targretin, an oral medication under development by Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. for people with type 2 diabetes, has recently undergone phase II clinical trials. In preclinical studies, Targretin enabled diabetic mice to use insulin more effectively and also resulted in a 40 percent glucose reduction, 20 percent insulin reduction and 30 percent reduction in triglyceride levels.

Complications Progress Quicker in the Elderly

A University of California at San Francisco study found that complications resulting from high blood sugars will progress more rapidly in older people with type 2 diabetes than in younger people with type 2.

Balance PC Hits the Shelves

Balance PC Diabetes Software (see DIABETES HEALTH, March 1997) will be available in Osco and Sav-On Diabetes Care pharmacies. The software will now be sold either off the shelf or by special order.

Insulin Syringes Get Design Overhaul

Terumo Medical Corporation is selling a new line of insulin syringes called Sure-Dose. According to the company, scale markings and plunger movement have been improved. Also, a tapered hub at the plunger tip eliminates dead space, lessening the chance of air bubbles.

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Categories: Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Insulin, Low Blood Sugar, Syringes, Type 2 Issues


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