Over 90,000 OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters are being recalled by its maker LifeScan, Inc. According to the company, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, the meters can inadvertently shut off if readings are extremely high. That could lead lead to incorrect or delayed treatment.
Consumption of soda and other sugary drinks might be linked to some 180,000 deaths a year worldwide, including 25,000 in the U.S., according to a new study. The findings might help to bolster the arguments of advocates seeking to ban the sale of certain large-size sugary drinks.
If you rely on electricity for home medical equipment like an oxygen tank, ventilator, medical bed, wheel chair, or blood glucose monitor, losing power can be much more than an inconvenience. Your first step should be to call your electric company and fire department to let them know that you have a medical device that needs power. While you wait for power to be restored or help to come, here's some advice from the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration on what else to do:
Giving blood for your job sounds a little extreme, but it's exactly what our panel of volunteer staffers did for our latest tests of 21 blood-glucose meters. For our tests, phlebotomists took blood from staffers with and without diabetes and compared multiple readings from the meters against those from our lab glucose analyzer. But there were some perks for the 15 panelists, including Angry Birds and SpongeBob bandages and Oreo cookies!
The Food and Drug Administration approved generic versions of the type 2 diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) last week. But we say skip Actos as both a generic and brand-name medication, unless other options have not worked. Pioglitazone can cause serious side effects, such as an increased risk of heart failure, bone fractures, and bladder cancer. Other medications to treat diabetes, such as metformin, are a better first choice.
The traditional Thanksgiving spread, loaded with high fat, high carb, high sugar treats, can be a landmine for a diabetic.
New guidelines that recommend cholesterol testing for all children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again as young adults 17-21 years of age are likely to surprise most parents and stimulate vigorous debate among physicians.
Today’s blood glucose meters are more accurate than devices sold in the past, which is good news for the approximately 26 million Americans with diabetes. We tested 17 blood glucose meters in our labs and 12 earned our recommendation, including three Best Buys.
A new research report suggests some disturbing news for parents: Children with diabetes might be likely to suffer from asthma as well. More over, kids with both chronic health conditions may have a tougher time controlling their blood glucose levels, say researchers.
People with diabetes appear to be at a significantly increased risk of developing dementia, according to a study published today in Neurology.
The diabetes drug pioglitazone (Actos) increases the risk of bladder cancer in people who take it for a year or longer, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday. The warning applies to all drugs containing pioglitazone, including Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, and Duetact.
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