Diabetes

 New smartphone app for diabetes released

New smartphone app for diabetes released

Worcester Polytechnic Institute investigators have developed an advanced smartphone application, called Sugar, for those with diabetes. The app can measure status of chronic foot ulcers.

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Having primary care nurses promote physical activity could be effective enough to reduce heart disease and Type 2 diabetes risk among seniors, according to a British study.

Off-label promotions of diabetes meds sometimes nonsensical, watchdog warns FDA

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The nation's leading consumer watchdog is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit direct-to-consumer diabetes drug advertising promoting unapproved off-label benefits like weight and blood pressure reduction.

FDA approves 'breakthrough' therapy for diabetic eye disorder

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The FDA announced Wednesday that it has granted "breakthrough therapy designation" to the drug Eylea, and expanded its approved use for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema.

Honeywell releases patient monitoring device

Honeywell releases patient monitoring device

Honeywell Life Care Solutions has released a new version of its Genesis Touch wireless remote patient monitoring device.

Night shift work a risk factor for diabetes?

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The more years black women spend working the night shift, the higher their risk for developing diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetologia.

Studies find chronic illness could increase dementia risk in the impaired

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British researchers say they have found a conclusive link between dementia and certain existing chronic illnesses in the cognitively impaired, a finding that lends more credible evidence associating co-morbidities with memory-related diseases and the positive results from early intervention.

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Diabetes growth to drive wound market

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A rise in diabetes and obesity will drive the increase in the wound care market over the next four years, a research group asserts.

NKF launches interactive nutrition portal

NKF launches interactive nutrition portal

The National Kidney Foundation has debuted My Food Coach, an interactive nutrition panel meant to allow people to easily manage nutritional requirements.

Glooko introduces Bluetooth-enabled platform

Glooko introduces Bluetooth-enabled platform

Glooko Inc. has launched Glooko MeterSync Blue, which lets diabetes patients use Bluetooth to connect any of more than 30 popular blood glucose meters to the Glooko platform on Android or Apple devices.

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FDA approves weight management drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave as a treatment for chronic weight management. Contrave is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in an extended-release formulation.

Glucose meters gain FDA approval

Glucose meters gain FDA approval

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Florida-based Nipro Diagnostics has earned marketing clearance for its True Metrix Self-Monitoring glucometer and TRUE METRIX PRO Professional Monitoring blood glucose system.

Oral health's integral role in long-term care quality

Oral health's integral role in long-term care quality

While easy and relatively quick actions can reduce the severity of oral health issues developing over time, they are some of the most challenging activities to consistently attend to in many managed care settings.

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Is your facility at risk?

Is your facility at risk?

Glucose test strips in vials do pose a risk of contamination within healthcare facilities. Why assume this risk when it is unnecessary and potentially dangerous? As with all products used in a patient's room or at their bedside, glucose test strips should come individually wrapped.

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Regardless of the resident's age, physical condition or exercise experience, there are a number of techniques for helping them exercise and gain from its many benefits. Any type of exercise can be augmented to the resident's needs and limitations.

Fraudsters admit they bought nursing home drugs as part of $60 million scheme, feds announce

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A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to masterminding a sprawling drug diversion scheme that involved reselling nursing home medications, according to federal and state authorities.

Chronic skin ulcers are among top comorbid conditions associated with dementia, researchers find

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Chronic skin ulcers and heart issues are among the comorbidities that are significantly linked with the presence of dementia, according to recently published research findings.

Management of Diabetes in the Long-Term Care Setting

Management of Diabetes in the Long-Term Care Setting

This CME, CNE and ACPE accredited activity will help improve your knowledge of the treatment of diabetes mellitus and improve the quality of care for older adult patients in the long-term care setting. The activity includes two separate modules delivered in a slide and video format. The videos feature examples of patient case vignettes with real-life examples of unique issues that affect the older adult patient. The first module discusses the management of diabetic patients with cognitive issues and the second focused on the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacological treatment. This education is brought to you by Boston Medical Center's Endocrinology and Geriatric Care departments.

Study: Diabetes often precedes wounds

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Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to an analysis of existing research.

Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds

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Eliminating foot ulcers would cut costs for diabetes care in half, according to researchers with consulting firm The Analysis Group.

Diabetes is the No. 1 co-morbid condition linked to nursing home pressure ulcers, analysis finds

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Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to a new analysis of existing research.

Almost 60% of diabetic nursing home residents with chronic kidney disease are on a potentially problematic drug regimen, study finds

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Nursing home residents who have diabetes and chronic kidney disease are commonly given medications that are not in keeping with best practice guidelines or prescribing information, according to recently published research.

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

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Poor wound healing can lead to amputations, or worse. New findings have helped unearth what happens to tiny blood vessels in the body to slow wound healing in diabetics.

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

AGP-Medical, LLC said it plans to combine mailing Vaso-Wraps®, topical solutions, and dressings to patients with access to smartphones to allow the treatment and monitoring of diabetic ulcers and wounds.

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