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.

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.

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