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A recent study that appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that some seniors are being overtreated for diabetes, leading them to higher risk of hypoglycemia.
A team of researchers from Yale School of Medicine led by Dr. Kasia Lipska discovered that majority of diabetes patients at least 65 years old received tight glycemic control treatments to limit blood sugar to less than 7 percent hemoglobin A1c. The study looked into health data of more than 1,200 seniors obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2010. The study group was divided into three categories, according to the authors: “Those who are relatively healthy, those with complex medical histories for whom self-care may be difficult and those with a very significant comorbid illness and functional impairments, many of whom may have limited life expectancy.”
Results showed that 61.5 percent of the patients were treated in line with tight glycemic control, with the said ratio carried over across any of the three groups. The research team believes that elders with existing medical issues might not get the benefits of tight glycemic control. “older persons, particularly those with complex medical problems, may derive less benefit from intensive strategies to lower glucose levels… and are more susceptible to hypoglycemia and its consequences compared with younger, healthier persons,” the team said in a news release.
Despite the risks defined by the research team, no precautions have been done by medical institutions due to lack of data. In fact, a similar study pointed out that intensive treatment does not heighten the risk of diabetes-related deaths. Still, the researchers believe that more studies need to be done in this field. “Recognition of both the harms and benefits of glycemic control is critical for patients and physicians and other health care professionals to make informed decisions about glucose-lowering treatment,” the researchers pointed out.
From everyone at TestCountry, have a wonderful and prosperous 2015! Be happy, be healthy and make this year your best year ever!
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Despite engaging in the very risky sport of car racing, Michael Schumacher is now in “critical condition” after injuring himself while skiing in the French Alps last Sunday.
Schumacher, a seven-time champion in the Formula One racing circuit, was reported by SB Nation to have “suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and is in critical condition” according to doctors of the University Hospital of Grenoble. He is now in a comatose state after suffering head trauma, which requires immediate surgery.
The accident occurred in Meribel, France where the 44-year-old racecar driver fell during skiing and hit his head on a rock, albeit wearing a helmet. Despite this, Schumacher was still conscious when the National Gendarmerie — France’s authorities incharge of public safety and rescue operations — found him.
The champion driver was rushed to a medical station, and transferred to the hospital shortly after. It was there that doctors declared him under coma and needing surgical treatment.
Schumacher retired in late 2012 after his last race in the Brazil Grand Prix. He still holds the record for the most wins — 13 in total — in a season.
Ethan Nadelmann, Leader of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was instrumental in getting marijuana legalized in Washington and Colorado and soon Uruguay, plus getting medical marijuana legalized in almost half the states in the US, aims to keep the momentum going in 2014.
But he’s not satisfied with just getting marijuana legalized. He believes in safe and legal access to all drugs in order to make users safer and not criminalize them. And with 65 employees, offices in five states, and $13 million at his disposal for advocation, Nadelmann and the Drug Policy Alliance are poised to make a big push in the coming year.
Although not a drug taker himself, Nadellman, 56, a Harvard-educated former university professor, believes legal access to all drugs is an issue of freedom under the first amendment.
“I’m always telling my marijuana reform allies, when they say we need to legalize marijuana and get tougher on the other drugs, ‘shut the hell up,’” he said during a speech at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs earlier this month. “We don’t need to end one discrimination and prohibition to double down on another. It’s absolutely pivotal, for building a broader movement for freedom and justice that we treat this thing as of-a-piece.”
Nadellman, whose father survived the Nazis during WWII but whose grandfather did not, sees persecution of responsible drug users as similar to the “demonization of a minority,” that went on in the 1940s in Gemany, that tries to force them, via “great fear” to live like the rest of society or face destruction.
“If you look at the fears about broader legalization,” he told NBC News, “the fears are almost identical to the fears that were expressed by authority figures and others if you were allowed freedom of speech two hundred years ago.”
Currently, Nadellman and his Drug Policy Alliance are focused on steering America’s drug policies toward the Portugal model, which in 2001 decriminalized the getting, having, and taking of a 10-day supply of any drug. But, as Portugal still prohibits distribution, he wants to go even further than that, moving drug-users out of the criminal justice system entirely and relocating them in the realm of public health via anything from decriminalization to outright legalization.
“People should not be punished for possessing a small amount of any drug,” he says.
The most populous urban area in Minnesota has just been awarded America’s Fittest City for the third time in a row.
Twin cities Minneapolis-St. Paul were ranked as the top healthiest area in the US, says the American College of Sports Medicine. An advisory board led by Walter Thompson compiled the annual rankings based on a number of factors that tell if a city or locality is fit or not.
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak couldn’t be happier. He said in a news release, “We get up off the couch in every season.”
Completing the top five list of the fittest cities for the year are Washington D.C., Portland, San Francisco and Denver. In comparison, Oklahoma City ranked last, and has been such since 2008.
Thompson credits the success of Minneapolis-St. Paul to its government funding for structures that enhance the physical activity of its residents. The Twin Cities spend roughly $227 per person each year for construction and maintenance of its city parks. It’s because of the presence of parks, playgrounds, pools and sports arenas that make its residents fit and healthy. People from Minneapolis-St. Paul are also more inclined to ride public transportation or simply walk to their destinations.
It also doesn’t hurt that Mayor Rybak is a lover of sports. Recently, he spearheaded a cross-country ski fest. Through the program, workers are encouraged to ski three miles or more going to work. Those who do this get a free pass to their summer sports event called Tri-Loppet.
Residents of the Twin Cities should also get excited for the mayor’s plans to put up skating parks, snowboard areas, and another park that connects the downtown area to the city’s new football stadium.