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Letter From The Editor

This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that federal exchanges for the Affordable Care Act were in accordance with the guidelines of the Act and millions of patients will be able to still have healthcare that otherwise would be left out. It has been an interesting couple of months while the high court debated on the issue and nowhere were the effects easier to see than in the pharmacy.

Insulin-using patients have been trying to get as much medication and supplies as possible, fearing that they might no longer be able to fill their prescriptions. To bring a little more importance to the value of the Supreme Court decision take a look at Item #11 which examines how the expansion of Medicaid in certain states has improved diabetes outcomes and decreased emergency costs.

Another way to reduce emergency room costs is to reduce falls, especially in older patients. This week Dr. Sheri Colberg takes another look at the best ways to keep your older diabetes patients from falling

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief

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Exclusive Interviews: Drs. Firas El-Khatib and Paolo Fiorina 

In a Diabetes In Control exclusive interview, Dr. Firas El-Khatib gave us an in-depth look at the technology behind the development of a new bionic pancreas at Boston University. Just follow this link for Part 1 of the two-part interview.

 

 

 

Also in an exclusive interview from the ADA's 75th Scientific Sessions, we have this two part interview with Dr. Paolo Fiorina on the groundbreaking work he and his team at Boston Children's/Harvard Medical School on stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes patients. Just follow this link for Part 1. 

 

 

 

Sheri Colberg, PhD: Falls Revisited: How to Stay on Your Feet

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For Your Patients - Prevention of falls is such an important topic that it's worth revisiting once in a while. Just last week when I was traveling back from the American Diabetes Association meeting, an older woman near me in the airport tripped over a bag and fell down in the gate waiting area. Alerted by an airline agent, the airport paramedics arrived a short time later to check her out and give her an ice pack for her arm, which she had hurt trying to catch herself when she hit the floor. Fortunately, she did not appear to be seriously injured. Full Story

 

Test Your Knowledge Question #787

A 34-year-old female presents to your office for a new patient visit. Her medical history is positive for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group found that implementing intensive lifestyle modifications and prescribing metformin resulted in an equivalent risk reduction of developing diabetes by:

A. 15%

B. 25%

C. 50%

D. 65%

For the complete question and answer, just follow this link. 

 

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Quote of the Week!

"You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in."
        ...Dr. Seuss

 

Diabetes in Control gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following pharmacy doctoral candidates in the preparation of this week's newsletter: 

Ashley Spies, USF College of Pharmacy
Shatera Peace, FAMU
Thao Luutran, LECOM
L'Shantey Wells, Creighton College of Pharmacy
Diane Jules, USF College of Pharmacy


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