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Nonstatin use has skyrocketed in the past decade, rising by 124 percent and causing a 364 percent increase in nonstatin-related expenditures, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association this month.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is one of many entities concerned about the wellbeing of schoolchildren after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) eased up on its nutrition standards for school lunches late last year.

When third-grader Ava Rao was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it changed life for her whole family. Now a high school freshman, Ava and her dad, cardiologist Sunil V. Rao, MD, share their perspectives on the disease and hopes for the future. 

Following the White House physician’s Jan. 16 assertion that President Donald Trump is in “excellent health,” a few national news outlets published stories questioning that claim.

The unrelenting growth of diabetes around the world is prompting cardiologists to rethink how they treat and manage a challenging patient population, even as an emerging class of cardio-protective diabetes drugs is setting the stage for transformation.


Recent Headlines

Scientists discover new form of diabetes caused by gene mutation

A new type of monogenic diabetes, caused by a gene mutation and fueled by a lack of the insulin-stimulating hormone GIP, has been discovered by a team of researchers across Europe and Asia.

Study suggests more dairy consumption could lower risk of prediabetes, diabetes

Consuming dairy products—cheese in particular—could actually help reduce the risk of diabetes in the American population, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Mouse study suggests linoleic acid is more closely tied to obesity than saturated fat

A new study comparing vegetable oils suggests an essential fatty acid has a stronger tie to weight gain than saturated fat intake.

Gastric bypass surgery successful for long-term weight loss, remission of type 2 diabetes in the severely obese

Severely obese patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery showed favorable outcomes more than a decade later, including weight loss and remission of type 2 diabetes, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine states.

U.S. diabetics can avoid finger pricks with newly approved device

The FDA has approved Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, the first personal continuous glucose monitor that doesn’t require finger stick calibration.

Cognitive decline associated with type 2 diabetes could be managed with early intervention

New research from the American Diabetes Association advises controlling symptoms of type 2 diabetes, including hyperglycemia and blood pressure control, may help prevent the decline of cognitive performance associated with the disease.

Survey: 31% of U.S. children are overweight or obese

The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health revealed 31.2 percent of American children age 10-17 are either overweight or obese.

Weekly exenatide injections have no impact on cardiovascular outcome in diabetics

After testing a once-weekly injectable form of glucose-lowering drug exenatide on type 2 diabetes patients for years, researchers have concluded the medication doesn’t have any effect on the incidence of major cardiovascular events.

11% of older diabetes patients dangerously overtreated

Overtreatment of diabetes in elderly patients could be contributing to an increase in the number of falls, dizzy spells and confusion those individuals experience, according to research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

'Sitting is the new smoking': Sedentary behavior linked to increased all-cause mortality

For years, medical professionals and media personalities alike have warned against sitting for prolonged periods, coining the phrase "sitting is the new smoking" to describe the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. But how much is too much?