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Mobile News: Estimated 24 million will use diabetes apps by 2018

Published: Mar 26th, 2014

Mobile applications promise to play an invaluable role in assisting people who suffer from diabetes to empower them to better manage their condition and as a consequence reduce health care costs. Currently only 1.2 percent of people with diabetes who own a smartphone or tablet use apps to manage their condition, the latest report found. But that number is predicted to increase to 7.8 percent, or 24 million people, in 2018. Read more.

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New diabetes prevention website launched in Asia

Published: Mar 26th, 2014

A new diabetes prevention website – the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative – has been launched in Asia in an attempt to put a stop to the growing epidemic on the world’s most populous continent by offering authoritative, science-based information about type 2 diabetes. Read more from Harvard School of Public Health newsroom.

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At a Glance: Potential role of green tea in diabetes management

Published: Mar 9th, 2014

Considered a health-promoting beverage since ancient times, tea is one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide. A recent literature review by the UF Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research suggests there may be potential health benefits of consuming one particular variety. Well-controlled longterm human studies would help to fully understand its effects. Read more.

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Innovative Program Fosters Collaboration Among FL Diabetes Experts

Published: Feb 25th, 2014

A new initiative in Florida seeks to accelerate advancements in diabetes care and research through a collaboration of some of the state’s largest hospitals and academic universities. The consortium will foster new synergistic relationships between eight major diabetes institutions from around the state, including the University of Florida. Read more.

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New CEU’s Expand Diabetes Education to State Public Health Employees

Published: Feb 21st, 2014

UF College of Public Health and Health Professions offers a pair of new CEU online courses for Florida’s Public Health Workers that seeks to provide an overview of diabetes, including: understanding different forms of the disease, testing, blood sugar levels, and new developments in research. Read more.

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New Cell-Based Therapy Approach to T1D

Published: Feb 18th, 2014

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco are a step closer to developing a new stem-cell based treatment for type 1 diabetes. Reprogramming skin cells into mature pancreas-like cells could one day could offer a promising therapeutic alternative for T1D patients. Read more.

mDad: Mobile Diabetes Advice for Dads

Published: Feb 15th, 2014

UF Health researchers are seeking fathers and step-fathers of children and youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to take part in a new research study seeking to better understand the educational needs and priorities of their children. Funded by the University of Florida and the Jonas Foundation for Nursing Research, the study will require participants to complete two surveys and an in-person interview. Learn more.

Google begins testing of “smart contact lens” for diabetes patients

Published: Jan 24th, 2014

The prototype Google “smart” contact lens is designed to provide readings of glucose levels in the tears. The lens, equipped with an antenna and tiny chips, has the potential to replace the finger prick test in diabetes patients and make readings far less invasive. Diabetes is a chronic problem, affecting about one in 19 people across the globe and one in 12 in the United States. Read more.

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New Data: 1 in 4 Teens Meeting Federal Fitness Guidelines

Published: Jan 24th, 2014

As concerns over childhood obesity prevail, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveals that only about 25 percent of teenagers’ ages 12 to 15 are meeting federal fitness guidelines, specifically – an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Experts say that limited amounts of daily physical activity are concerning, given the increasing number of obese and overweight children who are also diagnosed with diabetes. Read more.

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Women can lower diabetes risk with muscle-strengthening exercises

Published: Jan 15th, 2014

Data on 99,316 middle-aged and older women showed those who engaged in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities (resistance exercise, yoga, stretching, toning) had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with their sedentary counterparts. Read more.