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South-South cooperation to improve diabetes care

China, Zimbabwe and Ecuador will have an exclusive opportunity to replicate and adapt a successful diabetic foot care project originally developed in Alexandria, Egypt. This pioneering partner approach to diabetes care is a first of its kind South-South cooperation for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A South-South cooperation promotes the sharing of best practices in research and prevention between low and middle income countries.

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Source: Malaysia Sun


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Global diabetic retinopathy alliance launched

A project which will assess the awareness, treatment and implications of diabetic retinopathy globally has been launched.

Established in partnership between the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it is hoped that the outcomes of the study will inform the decision-making and policy development around diabetes.

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Source: Optometry Today


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Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

New data suggests a stark rise in the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in children. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found a 35 percent increase in Type 2 Diabetes between 2001 and 2009 amongst youth ages 10-19*. The authors go on to project that without significant changes in the factors that underlie the development of the disease, the number of adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes is likely to increase fourfold by 2050. While this report is disconcerting, sadly it is not surprising.

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Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis.

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Source: Reuters


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New Model Needed in Diabetes Care

Participants at the 5th International DAWN™ Summit (Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs) today pledged to work together to make person-centred diabetes care a reality for the 382 million people living with diabetes around the world.

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Source: PR Newswire


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Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills

Catherine Hayley is saving up for an important purchase: an updated version of the tiny digital pump at her waist that delivers lifesaving insulin under her skin.

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Source: The New York Times


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Weight-Loss Surgery Stymies Diabetes Better Than Drugs

Weight-loss surgery may be a better way to treat diabetes than traditional drug therapy alone, according to a study that found the operation was more likely to keep the chronic condition at bay for at least three years.

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Source: Bloomberg news


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App, doctor pep talks lower diabetes patients' blood sugar

Dr. Guillaume Charpentier believes a smartphone app he is testing on people with diabetes in France works best when it alerts doctors that frustrated patients need help managing their disease.

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Source: Reuters Health

 


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Diabetes and TB: A growing threat

TB continues to have a serious impact in America, with nearly 9,600 cases in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: CNN

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Davos 2014: Be aware – a healthy economy puts high value on wellbeing

For the first time, delegates at the World Economic Forum will be asked to think of healthcare as an aid to global growth

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Source: The Observer (UK)


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