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SiMCare Diabetes named Finalist for Global CME Impact Award

Global Education Group (Global) and the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) recently announced that AXDEV Group’s (AXDEV) “The European Performance Improvement in Diabetes Demonstration Project” (EPIDD) has received the inaugural Global CME Impact Award.

Presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions in San Francisco on Jan. 27, 2017, the Global CME Impact Award is supported in partnership by Global and GAME. The award recognizes excellence, influence, and achievements by organizations and individuals implementing impactful and innovative Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE) activities that transform healthcare for the greater good.

Source:  PR Web

Vital Simulations and careLearning Announce National Medical Education Distribution Partnership

VitalSims announces its formal partnership with careLearning in which the medical education development company will provide continuing healthcare education content to the national learning management system provider.

“We are pleased that the leadership at careLearning has evaluated our healthcare learning simulations and chosen to provide our content to their members,” said David Wrightsman, CEO of VitalSims. “This is an additional validation the quality of content on our platform and demand for the innovative mobile deployment that our software provides,” he added.

Source:  24-7 Press Release

High levels of enzyme can predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes

An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline.

Iowa State University researchers say higher levels of the enzyme, autotaxin, significantly predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes. Just a one-point difference in autotaxin levels – for example, going from a level of two to a three – is equal to a 3.5 to 5 times increase in the odds of being diagnosed with some form of memory loss, said Auriel Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State.

Source:  News-Medical.net

New ADA Exercise Recommendation for Diabetes and Prediabetes

The American Diabetes Association recently released a position statement with new evidence-based recommendations on physical activity and exercise for people with diabetes and prediabetes. A big point is the 3-for-30 recommendation: do three minutes of light physical activity – such as leg extensions or walking – for every half hour spent sitting still. While regular activity is great for all people, the ADA statement specifically makes a very big deal about the benefits regular interruption of inactivity can have for people with type 2 diabetes.

Source:  DiaTribe

VitalSims in the News: Online Educational Games are the New Normal

The rapid advancements in technology continuously impact our lives on a daily basis and each new week brings a critical update to our attention. These advances and updates impact our computers, smartphones, tablets, TV’s, vehicles, thermostats, security systems and fitness wearables just to mention a few on the ever growing list. In most cases, these technological advances have improved our communications, entertainment, transportation and lifestyle.

Source:  McKnight’s

How to Prevent Eye Complications with Type 1 Diabetes

In 1921, the introduction of insulin revolutionized the treatment of diabetes. Yet, as Elliott P. Joslin himself noticed, as patients lived longer, they developed unexpected complications. One of the most severe complications was diabetic eye disease.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common vascular complication of diabetes, and the leading cause of vision loss among working age Americans. Experts estimate a half a billion eyes will be affected by diabetic retinopathy worldwide by the year 2030. Left untreated, it leads to blindness after 20 to 30 years with diabetes.

Source:  Joslin

Understanding diabetes helps patients cope

For Sharon Andrews, managing her diabetes has been a learning process.

“There’s a lot that’s involved,” Andrews said, “not only your carbs, but you have to be cognizant of the calorie count, the fat that you intake. There’s just so much that you have to be aware of.”

Andrews says she’s fortunate. After being diagnosed as prediabetic about two years ago, she takes one pill a day and checks her blood glucose (sugar) levels twice a day.

Source:  Dothan Eagle

Exercise vs. diabetes: New level of detail uncovered

Although exercise is already known to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, a new study brings additional detail. Using data from more than 1 million participants across four continents, researchers measured the precise benefits of exercise.

Source:  Medical News Today

US diabetics have worsening blood sugar control

The number of U.S. diabetics with healthy blood sugar levels has declined in recent years, a study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data on 1.6 million adults with diabetes from 2006 to 2013. During this period, the proportion with HbA1c below 7 percent declined from 56 percent to 54 percent, and the share with HbA1c at or above 9 percent rose from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Source:  Fox News

Optimizing Insulin Injection – Expert Recommendations from FITTER

It is easy to get wrapped up in the “latest and greatest” innovations in diabetes care, but sometimes, it’s the little things that matter the most. A little under a year ago, BD sponsored FITTER (Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations), a congress held in Rome to establish new guidelines to help both people on injections and people with pumps get the most out of insulin use.

Source:  DiaTribe