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Does Big Pharma Hike Prices When Meds Are in Short Supply?

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TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Pharmaceutical companies appear to be engaging in price gouging during drug shortages, with costs rising at double the normal rate when medications are in limited supply, a new study claims. Prices can be expected to rise about 20 percent for drugs facing a shortage, but only about 9 percent for medicines in good supply, researchers report. "It's clear the manufacturers ...

30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – 1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes – 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed. "Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting some 30 million ...

Health Tip: Control Some Risk Factors for Diabetes

Posted 9 days ago by

-- Some risk factors for diabetes are under a person's control, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet and getting enough exercise, the American Heart Association notes. The AHA says additional risk factors that are under a person's control include: Managing stress. Avoiding smoking. Limiting alcohol. Getting quality sleep every night.

Blood Test in Early Pregnancy May Predict Mom's Diabetes Risk

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – A blood test seems to detect signs of gestational diabetes as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, a new U.S. government study says. Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and can pose a serious health threat to mothers and babies. It increases the mother's risk of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders, cesarean delivery, as well as heart disease and ...

A Weak Grip May Signal Future Health Trouble -- Even in Kids

Posted 13 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Weak grip strength in children may point to a higher risk of such health problems as diabetes and heart disease, new research suggests. In a new study that followed children from 4th grade through 5th grade, a grip-strength test was given to the students at the start of the study. The researchers said that nearly 28 percent of the boys and 20 percent of the girls were ...

Health Tip: Dispelling Myths About Diabetes

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

-- On behalf of the millions of Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it wants to dispel some common myths about the disease. The ADA cites these examples: If you are overweight, you will develop diabetes eventually. While being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, it is not the only one. Family history, age and ethnicity also affect a person's risk. ...

Access to Diabetes Drugs Improved Under Affordable Care Act: Study

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – People with diabetes face a host of expenses related to their disease, but some relief may now be available in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act. A new study reports that the number of prescriptions filled rose by up to 40 percent for insulin and other diabetes medications in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 and ...

A 3-Pronged Plan to Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – The type 2 diabetes tide remains unchecked in the United States, as does pre-diabetes – having a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that about 30 million Americans – roughly 10 percent of the population – have type 2 diabetes. What's more, over 80 million ...

Diabetes Diagnosis 'Silver Lining'? Other Family Members' Health May Improve

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MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking. They were also slightly more likely to get their ...

Sitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 Diseases

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly. If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society study suggests. And, the study authors added, sitting may kill you in 14 ways, including: cancer; heart disease; stroke; ...

Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution May Boost Diabetes Risk

Posted 30 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Add another health harm to air pollution: New research suggests it might increase the risk of diabetes, even at levels considered safe. Cutting air pollution could reduce diabetes rates in countries with both higher and lower levels of air pollution, the researchers said. "Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally," said study ...

Human Insulin as Good as Costly Synthetic Versions

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Human insulin is as safe and effective as newer, more expensive insulin analog drugs for people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. The new study included people with type 2 diabetes who were followed for an average of 1.7 years after they started using insulin. "We found that for patients with type 2 diabetes in usual practice, the use of the more expensive insulin ...

Mom's Diabetes May Be Tied to Baby's Autism Risk: Study

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Pregnant women who have any form of diabetes may face higher odds that their child could develop autism, a new study suggests. Whether it's type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, which specifically affects pregnant women, having the blood sugar disease might be linked to an increased autism risk, the researchers said. "The risk appears to be highest in type 1, then type ...

Will the Future Be Needle-Free for Diabetics?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill, and it appears to work well – at least in rats. A lot of questions remain: What is the proper dose compared to injected insulin? Will it be delivered uniformly? And, ...

Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 patients with severe mental illness and found that 28 percent had type 2 diabetes. The rate in the general population is 12 percent. Among people with severe ...

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