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Hypocalcaemic seizure surveillance highlights UK public health policy failings

Hypocalcaemic seizure surveillance highlights UK public health policy failings

The occurrence of 91 confirmed or probable hypocalcaemic seizures in children with vitamin D deficiency over a 2-year period in the UK highlights a failure to promote appropriate supplementation. [More]
Study provides better glimpse at the biology of height

Study provides better glimpse at the biology of height

The largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) to date, involving more than 300 institutions and more than 250,000 subjects, roughly doubles the number of known gene regions influencing height to more than 400. [More]
ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Maryland Chapter and WellDoc®, a health care behavioral science and technology company, have announced the launch of a collaboration to empower people in Maryland with type 2 diabetes to take control of their diabetes by improving their day-to-day self-management. [More]
Viewpoints: Ebola takes us to 'uncharted waters'; the failure of workplace 'wellness' programs

Viewpoints: Ebola takes us to 'uncharted waters'; the failure of workplace 'wellness' programs

There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world's public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time (Michael T. Osterholm, 9/11). [More]
Eating pistachios may reduce body's response to stresses among adults with diabetes

Eating pistachios may reduce body's response to stresses among adults with diabetes

Among people with type 2 diabetes, eating pistachios may reduce the body's response to the stresses of everyday life, according to Penn State researchers. [More]
Research roundup: The effect of expensive cancer therapies; missed hospital handovers; children's mental health needs

Research roundup: The effect of expensive cancer therapies; missed hospital handovers; children's mental health needs

Medicare uses more than a dozen different payment systems to set payment rates for the medical items and services the program covers for beneficiaries. [More]
GSK announces availability of once-weekly Tanzeum in pharmacies throughout the U.S.

GSK announces availability of once-weekly Tanzeum in pharmacies throughout the U.S.

GSK today announced that once-weekly Tanzeum (albiglutide), a prescription injectable treatment for type 2 diabetes in adults, as an adjunct to diet and exercise, is now available in pharmacies throughout the U.S. [More]
Portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes

Portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes

An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Global toolkit for managing menopause

Global toolkit for managing menopause

Created at Monash University, the world's first toolkit is designed for GPs to use with women from the age of 40. Thought to be the first of its kind, researchers say the toolkit has the potential to help manage menopausal conditions for women globally. [More]
Patients with Cushing’s syndrome experience significant weight loss while taking oral medication

Patients with Cushing’s syndrome experience significant weight loss while taking oral medication

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore endocrinologist, Henry G. Fein, M.D., today presented new research showing that patients with Cushing's syndrome, a rare disease that can lead to extreme weight gain, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and psychological issues, experienced significant, sustained weight loss while taking oral medication daily over a number of years to manage symptoms of the disease. [More]
RYGB surgery can help reduce heart disease risk in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes

RYGB surgery can help reduce heart disease risk in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes

Obese patients with Type 2 diabetes who don't have excessive surgical risk may find that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery can help them reduce their risk of heart disease, a new clinical trial shows. [More]
Engaging in physical activity before attempting weight loss helps protect MetS patients from muscle loss

Engaging in physical activity before attempting weight loss helps protect MetS patients from muscle loss

Younger and older women tend to lose lean muscle mass, along with fat, unless they engage in physical activity before they attempt weight loss, a new study from Israel finds. The results were presented Sunday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. [More]
Improved physical fitness reduces risk of CKD in patients with Type 2 diabetes

Improved physical fitness reduces risk of CKD in patients with Type 2 diabetes

Adults with Type 2 diabetes who improve their physical fitness lower their chances of getting chronic kidney disease (CKD), and if they already have kidney damage, they can improve their kidney function. [More]
Patients continue to lose bone at least 2 years after bariatric surgery, shows study

Patients continue to lose bone at least 2 years after bariatric surgery, shows study

A new study shows that for at least two years after bariatric surgery, patients continue to lose bone, even after their weight stabilizes. [More]
Adults with Type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose control after sleeve gastrectomy surgery

Adults with Type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose control after sleeve gastrectomy surgery

Adults with Type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose (sugar) control two years after undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy than do patients who receive standard medical diabetes care without this weight loss surgery, a new study finds. [More]
Soy protein supplements do not reduce testosterone levels in men with Type 2 diabetes

Soy protein supplements do not reduce testosterone levels in men with Type 2 diabetes

Soy protein supplements, which contain natural estrogens, do not reduce testosterone levels in men with Type 2 diabetes who already have borderline-low testosterone, according to a new study. [More]
Auxogyn receives clearance from FDA for Eeva System

Auxogyn receives clearance from FDA for Eeva System

Auxogyn, Inc. a leader in women's reproductive health, today announced that its first product, the Eeva System, received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through its de novo classification process, a regulatory pathway for select novel, low- to moderate-risk medical devices that are first-of-a-kind. [More]
Studies stress the importance of vitamin D intake during first year of life

Studies stress the importance of vitamin D intake during first year of life

Everyone seems to agree that vitamin D is important throughout life. This is certainly as true in the first year of life as it is later on. [More]
Experts from ProfNet network available to discuss timely issues in coverage area

Experts from ProfNet network available to discuss timely issues in coverage area

Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. [More]
Parathyroid hormone with vitamin D may be needed to assess impact on sugar metabolism

Parathyroid hormone with vitamin D may be needed to assess impact on sugar metabolism

Combined assessment of parathyroid hormone along with vitamin D may be needed to assess the impact of vitamin D status on sugar metabolism, according to Toronto researchers. [More]