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Letter From The Editor

dave

For over a year now we have had one of the premier hypertensive care physicians sharing his opinions and information on the treatment of hypertension. This week, Dr. George Bakris starts a new video series on hypertensive guidelines and how best to use them for patients. These choices become more ...

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March 19, 2016

If you have read my last two editor’s desks (Issue 824 and DCMS 284) you know that one of my good friends has a nephew diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and all the consternation this has caused the family. Because they live in Raleigh, NC, Joy Pape, our medical editor, ...

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dave

On Tuesday in our DCMS issue, I spoke about a newly diagnosed type 1 patient and the anxiety his family was experiencing. I asked for an Endo in the Raleigh, NC area and many of you offered a suggestion. The family followed the recommendation of our good friend Dr. John Buse. ...

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dave

Sunday night I got a call from a good friend and colleague who I have worked with for the past 20 years. She is in the managed markets division of a small pharma company, and she let me know that her 21 y/o nephew had just come back from spring break ...

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March 12, 2016

dave

You may have seen a recent study that has brought into question the safety of SPLENDA®, leading to the downgraded safety rating of sucralose by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). As we have seen before, these studies seem to find their way in to the press regardless of the credibility associated with ...

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dave

Over the past 30 years that I have been a pharmacist, we have had many sound-alike drugs. Many of you remember when Losec became Prilosec because of the confusion with Lasix. Often we don’t even see these problems unless someone has a bad event. This week our disaster avoided looks ...

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March 5, 2016

Ever since GLP-1 analogs have been available, there have been a lot of worries about cardiovascular problems. Part of this was brought on by Dr. Steven Nissen’s full frontal attack on the TZD’s (later proven to not be true). His angry commentary on the cardiovascular risks of diabetes drugs put ...

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13 years ago we ran an article on diabetes and dental health. Over the years we have added over 100 items on the relationship of diabetes and mouth health, including many by our feature writer, Dr. Frank Varon, DDS. 10 years ago this week he prepared his first feature on diabetes and periodontal ...

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February 27, 2016

dave

The results of the SPRINT trial included 9361 hypertensive patients 50 years of age or older randomized to either a standard systolic blood pressure target of 140 mm Hg or an intensive treatment target of 120 mm Hg.  The primary (composite) outcome was myocardial infarction, other acute coronary syndromes, stroke, ...

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dave

I just spent the day in a conference talking about the genetic differences in different ethnic groups, and how that affects both causes and treatments for diseases such as cancer, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. I personally know how genetics can have an effect, because I lack the proper gene ...

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