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FDA issues first approval for remote continuous-glucose-monitoring app

By Darius Tahir  |  January 28, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first mobile medical app that will allow remote monitoring of patient glucose data. The technology, from medical-device firm Dexcom, was approved through the so-called “de novo” pathway.

Data Points for Jan. 19, 2015

Data Points for Jan. 19, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 17, 2015

Data Points for the week of Jan. 19, 2015, covered the following topics: Unexpected medical expenses, Medicaid, diabetes, uninsured adults, alcohol poisoning

Long-term heart health initiative pays off in Maine

Long-term heart health initiative pays off in Maine

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 13, 2015

The value of sustained initiatives targeting population health appears borne out by a dip in hospitalization and mortality rates associated with a communitywide cardiovascular disease prevention program in Maine.

Number of new ESRD cases may be declining

Number of new ESRD cases may be declining

By Rachel Landen  |  January 13, 2015

Although nearly twice as many people in the U.S. were diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in 2012 compared with 20 years ago, the number of new cases diagnosed annually has fallen since 2010

Older diabetics face overtreatment risks

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 12, 2015

Many older adults with diabetes may be overtreated for their disease, potentially leaving them more susceptible to more serious health threats as a result of adverse effects from medication, a new study warns.

FDA drug approvals reached 18-year high in 2014

By Associated Press  |  January 03, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years.

Poverty, poor diabetes management go hand-in-hand: study

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 30, 2014

People who have difficulty paying for food and medications are associated with a higher likelihood of having poorer control over their diabetes, according to a new study examining the relationship between nonmedical determinants and health outcomes.

Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB

By Reuters  |  October 29, 2014

Cases of tuberculosis are set to accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday.

Black diabetics lose a leg three times more often

By Bloomberg Businessweek  |  October 14, 2014

Black diabetics have leg amputations more often than non-blacks do in every part of the U.S., according to a new report that analyzed variations in care. Black patients are nearly three times as likely to lose limbs overall, though the disparity is greater in some areas, particularly the South.

Systems serving low-income patients struggle under readmissions penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  September 30, 2014

Hospitals with limited resources continue to struggle as they try to implement programs that drive down readmission rates, and federal penalties could potentially make matters worse, write the authors of a report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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