March 07, 2014

Innovative Program Fosters Collaboration Among FL Diabetes Experts

New Program Fosters Collaboration Among FL Diabetes Experts

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. 

Type 1 diabetes parents turning to the Internet for support

Type 1 diabetes parents turning to the Internet for support

A new study by University of Florida researchers finds that most parents of children with Type 1 diabetes use Internet forums to gain knowledge of their child’s disease and find social support among other parents. 

Other Technology News:

  • Researchers forecast significant growth in virtual health care (click here)
  • HelpAround app brings sharing economy to consumer health (click here)
  • FDA widens clearance for Verizon's patient monitoring tool (click here)

FDA Seeking Public Comment on Glucose Meter Rules

Now through April 7th, the FDA is looking for comments about new draft glucose meter rules in two open dockets. Open dockets are a unique opportunity where the FDA is focused on listening to the public. The current rules for glucose meters are from 2003. It may be another decade before the FDA asks for public comment on meter rules. Want to get involved? 

Visit for sample comments a step-to-step guide on giving your input. The more comments, the more support given the FDA to make the changes needed for accurate diabetes testing.

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Genetic mutation may protect against Type 2 diabetes

Genetic mutation may protect against Type 2 Diabetes

A study in Nature Genetics found rare mutations in the SLC30A8 gene were shown to lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 65 percent, even in obese and at-risk adults. SLC30A8 codes for a zinc transporter protein called ZnT8.

New Cell-Based Therapy Approach to T1D

Proposed changes coming to "Nutrition facts" labels

The FDA is recommending updates to "nutrition facts" labels, including a bigger bolder look, and the inclusion of added sugars.  In recent years, more people are using the panel as a guide to eating. The new labels are likely several years away. 

Sleep Apnea May Worsen Diabetes

Study: Sleep Apnea May Worsen Diabetes

Sleep apnea can disrupt REM sleep and may worsen long-term blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers encourage such patients to wear a continuous positive airway pressure mask.

Your Health: Exploring Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Your Health: Exploring the Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Shannon Wallet, PhD, a researcher in the UF Health Department of Periodontology, focuses on the link between periodontal disease and diabetes; as highlighted in a recent WCJB TV20 news segment.

Diabetes Researcher Profile

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., FAHA, FACC

Dr. Cooper-DeHoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, and the Department of Pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy, and in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

Dr. Cooper-DeHoff’s research interest include hypertension, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and she is the principal investigator for the NIH-funded Career Development Award (K23) entitled “Metabolic Effects of Antihypertensive Drugs.” She is a co-investigator on two NIH grants evaluating pharmacogenetic associations in hypertension, and was also an investigator of the International Verapamil Trandolapril Study (INVEST) which was the first to evaluate the blood pressure-lowering effects of elderly diabetic patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease. 

Ryan Reed Debuts in NASCAR Nationwide Series

Diabetes scholar named AAW finalist 

Anastasia Albanese-O'Neil, RN, MA, CDE, was recently named one of eight finalists for the 2014 Association for Academic Women Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship and the Association for Academic Women Emerging Scholar competition. She is a current diabetes nurse educator in UF Health Shands Hospital pediatric diabetes clinics. 

The Association for Academic Women at the University of Florida is created to provide a resource for the academic and professional growth of UF women in all faculty and administrative roles.

Upcoming Events:

What: “Clinicians and the Diabesity Epidemic: Understanding How Obesity Causes Type 2 Diabetes”

When: March 11th, 2014

WhereThe Village, Tower Club       8000 NW 27th Blvd, Gainesville      (across from Santa FeCollege)

6:00 - 7:00 pm:  Social Hour           7:00 – 8:30 pm:  Dinner Program       CME credit available

ACMS Members and Alliance: no charge     Non-members and Guests: $35

RSVP required: (352) 376-0715   or  

What: "1st Annual Sugar High Run" benefiting Florida Diabetes Camp

When: March 29th, 2014

Where: Baseline Trailhead              4255 SE 58 Ave, Ocala, FL 34471

8:30am: 5k Run/Walk                       9:30am: 1-mile kid’s fun run with pirate costume contest

5k Run/Walk  $15,  Day of: $20       Fun Run $10,  Day of: $15


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The Faces of Diabetes

There are many people with diabetes who have become famous, and they all have something in common -- they have not let their condition get in the way of success. Remember, don't let diabetes stop you from pursuing your ambitions! Here is our profile for this week: 

Anne Rice

Author Anne Rice learned the hard way that she had type 1 diabetes. It was 1998, Rice, known for her Vampire Chronicles novels, awoke to a painful headache and problems breathing. It was only after she slipped into a coma that the diabetes diagnosis was made. These days, Rice has the condition under control and encourages others not to ignore symptoms "If you think you have any chance that you might have diabetes, for God's sake, go get the blood sugar test," she told ABC News. "It's a simple test." 

Just one more thing...

Do you know your numbers—blood pressure, glucose and BMI—and how they compare to recommended guidelines? Want to complete a quick and easy fitness test and consult with a personal trainer? Interested in learning more about ways to reduce your stress and enhance your emotional well-being?

From March 31 through April 25, UF and UF Health will offer its benefits-eligible employees free screenings at locations throughout campus and at UF Health locations in Gainesville. Employees may participate in the event at any location, regardless of affiliation.

Registration is required. For more information, click here