News and commentary from the endocrinology world
- byKristen Monaco
Contributing Writer, MedPage TodayApril 28, 2017
- Source: https://www.medpagetoday.com/endocrinology/generalendocrinology/64887
A new app — Glucoracle — may help people with type 2 diabetes to manage glucose levels. “Our algorithm, integrated into an easy-to-use app, predicts the consequences of eating a specific meal before the food is eaten, allowing individuals to make better nutritional choices during mealtime,” said lead author David Albers, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center in a press release. (PLoS Computational Biology)
The American Diabetes Association announced their 2017 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Award recipients this week, recognizing Gregory Steinberg, PhD, of McMaster University, Daryl Granner, MD, of University of Iowa, William Tamborlane, MD, of Yale University, among others. All recipients will be recognized at the ADA’s annual meeting in San Diego this June.
Pre-existing mental health conditions were deemed to have no significant effects on outcomes following bariatric surgery, according to a new study. “Many clinicians are hesitant to consider bariatric surgery in the mentally ill population due to the assumption that they will not fare well. This research counters those assumptions, showing no difference, on average, in weight loss in the mentally ill versus non-mentally ill population,” said Scott Kahan, MD, spokesperson for The Obesity Society, in a press release.
A third paper was recently retracted by Carl Ronald Kahn, MD, chief academic officer at Joslin Diabetes Center. The paper, published in Journal of Biological Chemistry in 2003, was pulled due to omission of some data resulting in “splicing of the figures of several autoradiograms, which led to several duplicated or mislabeled lanes in the Western blots” appearing in the final paper. (Retraction Watch)
Home routines during early childhood, including structured bedtimes, mealtimes, and limited screen time, were linked to lower rates of obesity later in life, researchers reported. It is hypothesized that behavioral structure improves emotional self-regulation, preventing weight gain by mid-childhood. (International Journal of Obesity)
An $11.2-million NIH grant was recently awarded to the University of Kentucky for research into the relationship between metabolism and cancer. Kentucky currently has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S., as well as a relatively high prevalence of both metabolic disorders and cancer. (Newswise)
A newly published cross-sectional study reported that low-SES young adults in Japan — including school dropouts and those with irregular or no employment or on public assistance — are at a significantly greater risk of diabetic retinopathy due to type 2 diabetes. (PLoS One)
Mount Sinai Hospital said it’s the first site in New York City to offer Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G system, FDA-approved last September, to type 1 diabetes patients. Mount Sinai is also currently one of the several sites participating in the InControl AP system study.
According to obesity expert Arya M. Sharma, MD, PhD, of the University of Alberta, medical use of BMI is “largely obsolete.” He also called it “largely opinion based and [having] very little to do with actual data showing that you know BMI makes any real difference to outcomes of surgeries in general,” he stated during a radio interview with Anna Maria Tremonti. (The Current)
Compared to normal weight individuals, people with type 2 diabetes who were also overweight or obese had different brains in a recent study. Specifically, brain structures showed increased abnormalities and participants also had decreased cognition. (Diabetologia)