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Patch offers diabetics discrete, easy opinion for insulin delivery

BY MARIA SIMBRA: There’s a new option for diabetics who have to give themselves insulin shots every day, and it’s a lot easier to use.

The device is loaded with medicine, and it goes on like a Band-Aid on the arm, leg or abdomen where a tiny needle in the patch goes into the skin with the press of a button.

It delivers a constant dose of rapid-acting insulin, and depending on fingerstick readings, additional insulin can be clicked in at mealtime. (read more)

 

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Early term babies are at greater risk for diabetes and obesity-related diseases

BY DORIT PAZ LEVY: Early term deliveries impact babies’ long-term health with increased risk of diabetes and obesity-related illnesses as well as a shortened life span, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.

“Early term” is defined as delivery between 37 and 39 weeks. Pregnancy is considered at full term when gestation has lasted between 37 and 42 weeks. Babies born between 39 and 41 weeks of gestation have better outcomes than those born either before or afterward. (read more)

For patients with diabetes, consider ‘deprescribing’ to improve outcomes

BY REGINA SCHAFFER: A provider considering prescribing or recommending a new medication for a patient with prediabetes or diabetes should also consider eliminating at least one therapy the patient is already taking, according to a speaker here.

Patients admitted to the hospital, including those admitted for complications from diabetes, often are discharged with more prescription medications than they arrived taking, Rohit Moghe, PharmD, MSPH, CDE, an advanced practice pharmacist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, said during a presentation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In many cases, Moghe said, an intensive focus on lifestyle intervention can allow for a provider to instead focus on “deprescribing” — reducing or eliminating unnecessary therapies that may, in the end, do more harm than good. (read more)