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FDA Warns Against the Use of Unauthorized Devices for Diabetes Management

BY STEPHANIE CACCOMO: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and health care professionals of risks associated with the use of unapproved or unauthorized devices for diabetes management, including continuous glucose monitoring systems, insulin pumps and automated insulin dosing systems. In the safety communication issued today, the agency noted that the use of unapproved or unauthorized devices could result in inaccurate blood glucose (sugar) measurements or unsafe insulin dosing, which can lead to injury requiring medical intervention or even death. (read more)

Diabetes black market: She gets insulin from Canada to help those who can’t afford it

BY KIM RUSSELL: Insulin is the difference between life and death for people with Type One Diabetes. They say they are tired of watching the cost of the drug continue to increase in the United States.

7 Action News went to Jillian Rippolone’s home as she met with diabetics. They spoke about their struggles getting the insulin they need. It is a struggle Rippolone first experienced when as a child her parents lost their health insurance. (read more)

Cirrhosis and liver cancer risk higher in people with type 2 diabetes

BY JASMIN COLLIER: NAFLD is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. Its global prevalence has risen from 15% to 25% in the decade leading up to 2010 and parallels the rising tide of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

For many people with NAFLD, the condition does little harm. However, some with NAFLD will go on to develop the much more aggressive form, NASH, which damages the liver and can lead to cancer. (read more)

Type 1 diabetes: New pancreatic cell transplant system shows promise

BY CATHARINE PADDOCK: Scientists have developed a way to increase the effectiveness of pancreatic islet transplantation, a promising therapy for type 1 diabetes.

Immune rejection by the recipient is a major barrier to pancreatic islet transplants from donors becoming routinely available for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

One way to overcome this is to place the islets — groups of insulin-producing cells — inside microcapsules made of a material that is less likely to provoke an immune response. (read more)

Pharmacists prescribe food vouchers in fight against diabetes

BY DEAN NARCISO: The patients, all of whom have diabetes, enter the medical center, but not for lab tests, blood draws or treatment of complications.

On this day, they’re greeted by tables filled with carrots, broccoli and strawberries. The pharmacist dispenses produce, not pills.

Community Health and Wellness Partners houses the trappings that one would find in other medical practices. But, thanks to a contract with the Ohio Department of Health, it relies less on syringes, bandages and braces to treat those with chronic disease, especially diabetes. (read more)