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Editor’s Note, DCMS #164: Cystic Fibrosis Slides

Nov 25, 2013

Over 30,000 people in the U.S. have cystic fibrosis and there are about 1,000 new cases a year. Most of these are diagnosed by the age of two and during their lifetimes they will need a lot of life-saving meds. Forty years ago the average survival age was 18 years but now, thanks to the continuing quest to find new treatment methods and medicines, the average survival age is 40. This week we finish up Part 3 of our Homerun Slides on this disease with a look at newer antibiotic and osmotic treatments as well as the net effect on quality of life issues for these patients.

Are you familiar with the terms "nutritional" and "prandial" insulin, and can you tell the difference between the two? This week we begin a three part Clinical Text series with the most complete explanation I have ever seen of all the different kinds of insulins. Our Disaster Averted looks at what happens when a patient dials but doesn’t push and our Mastery In Minutes video talks about some potential future treatments for diabetes.