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Eye Damage From Diabetes Remains The Leading Cause Of Blindness In Adults; 5.3 Million In U.S. Suffer From Diabetic Retinopathy

Despite major progress in diagnosis and treatment, diabetic retinopathy remains the major cause of blindness in adults under 60 in the U.S., said Thomas C. Lee, director, Retina Institute in The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and attending physician at Doheny Eye Institute. Diabetic retinopathy affects 5.3 million adults in the U.S. and some 24, 000 of them go blind each year. Nearly sixty percent of all diabetes patients are expected to develop diabetic retinopathy within ten years of their diagnosis. Diabetic retinopathy is the abnormal growth of blood vessels on the surface of the retina and is caused by fluctuations in glucose levels.

Is 2 Years Old A Childhood Obesity Tipping Point?

While many adults consider a chubby baby healthy, too many plump infants grow up to be obese teens, saddling them with Type-2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to an article published this month in the journal Clinical Pediatrics (published by SAGE). The research suggests that the "tipping point" in obesity often occurs before two years of age, and sometimes as early as three months, when the child is learning how much and what to eat. "I really think this should be a wake up call for doctors, " said principal investigator Dr. John Harrington, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters and an assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Doctors Urged To Manage Cardiovascular Risk Factors Of Migraine Sufferers

Migraine sufferers are twice as likely to have heart attacks as people without migraine, according to a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published in the February 10 online issue of Neurology, found that migraine sufferers also face increased risk for stroke and were more likely to have key risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. "Migraine has been viewed as a painful condition that affects quality of life, but not as a threat to people's overall health, " said lead investigator Richard B. Lipton, M.D., senior author of the study and professor and vice chair in The Saul R.

GI Dynamics' EndoBarrier trade; Gastrointestinal Liner To Be Highlighted At Upcoming Cleveland Clinic Conference

GI Dynamics, a leader in non-surgical, endoscopic treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity, announced that its EndoBarrier™ Gastrointestinal Liner and EndoBarrier Flow Restrictor will be highlighted by Alex Escalona, M.D., Department of Digestive Surgery, Pontificia Universidad Catà lica de Chile, Santiago, Chile at the Cleveland Clinic Florida's Ninth Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium and Endoscopic Natural Orifice Surgery (NOTES) Day taking place February 14-17, 2010 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. "I look forward to presenting clinical study information for the EndoBarrier, a compelling, emerging endoscopic technology, to my colleagues in the endoscopy and bariatric surgery fields during NOTES Day at the Surgery of the Foregut Symposium, " commented Dr.

Analysis Shows Minorities Less Likely To Receive Cornerstone Diabetes Test

Ethnic and racial minorities bear a disproportionate share of America's diabetes epidemic but are significantly less likely than whites to receive a commonly used test to monitor control of blood glucose, according to Washington State University researchers. In a commentary for the current issue of "The Diabetes Educator, " Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy Joshua Jon Neumiller and colleagues document how black and Hispanic patients diagnosed with diabetes are two to three times less likely than white patients to receive the A1C test during physician office visits. The A1C test is a "monitoring cornerstone, " providing a retrospective snapshot of a patient's blood-glucose level, says David A.

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More Than 3,000 Emergency Hospital Admissions A Year For Children With Diabetes, UK

Latest figures reveal that last year there were more than 3, 300 cases of children in England admitted to accident and emergency departments with DKA. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs when blood glucose levels are high (hyperglycaemia) and causes nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rapid breathing and, if left untreated, may lead to coma. DKA requires urgent hospital treatment. Rise in hospital admissions Children and young people under 18 accounted for around a quarter of the 13, 465 emergency admissions for DKA during the 12-month period from April 2008 to March 2009. In addition, the numbers of DKA hospital admissions have risen steadily in recent years, with an increase of almost nine per cent since 2006.

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