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Sari Harrar

About Sari Harrar

 Sari Harrar is an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in health, medicine, and science. She writes for national magazines including Consumer Reports on Health, Good Housekeeping, Prevention and O--Oprah magazine, and is the author of "Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally" (Rodale, 2014). She is a former Prevention Magazine Health News editor and was the recipient of a CASE/Harvard Medical School Journalism Fellowship in 2003.
 

Articles Written by Sari Harrar

Zika and Pregnancy: 7 Things You Need to Know
As Zika expands its reach – affecting 2,722 people in the U.S. including 624 pregnant women at last count according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 (CDC) — the headlines keep getting scarier for women of reproductive age (and their partners).
Experimental Osteoporosis Drug Builds Bone, Cuts Fracture Risk
08/25/2016 - The experimental osteoporosis drug abaloparatide, currently under review by the FDA, worked as well as the only bone-building medication currently on the US market at decreasing fracture risk in a new study. 
Silent Heart Attacks and Type 2 Diabetes
06/01/2016 - When researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, checked the hearts and medical records of 9,498 people over nine years, they found nearly equal numbers of untreated, silent heart attacks and recognized heart attacks that had received medical attention.
Gut Bug Slims Waistlines, Improves Blood Sugar
07/02/2015 - A common gut microbe with a tongue-twisting name — Akkermansia muciniphila —helped overweight and obese people lose more belly fat and gain better blood-sugar control in a recent study from the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.
No More Insulin Shots, Thanks to a New Type of Islet-Cell Transplant
10/09/2015 - Decades after her own pancreas stopped producing insulin, a Texas woman with tough-to-control type 1 diabetes no longer needs daily insulin shots thanks to a new transplant procedure developed at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at UHealth — University of Miami Health System
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Cut Risk for Amputations
05/06/2016 - People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – including many with diabetes – who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 22-33 percent lower risk of losing a leg or other limb to amputation in a new Emory University study.
Does Extra Weight Really Extend Your Life if You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
06/11/2015 - People with type 2 diabetes who carried extra pounds had a survival advantage over those at a normal weight in a recent, controversial study from the University of Hull in the UK. But does extra weight really help to extend your life?
Dexcom Recall of Continuous Glucose Monitor Receivers
04/18/2016 - Dexcom, Inc., one of the largest makers of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs) in the U.S. is recalling receivers for its G4 Platinum and G5 Mobile CGM systems because of consumer complaints that alarms for low and high blood sugar levels may not sound.
Out-of-Pocket Spending on Insulin Tripled in 11 Years
04/05/2016 - People with type 2 diabetes who use insulin saw out-of-pocket expenses triple between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 
America’s First Biosimilar Insulin: Coming to Your Drugstore
04/01/2016 - The first biosimilar, a less expensive copy of the popular, long-acting brand-name drug Lantus, is set to hit U.S. pharmacy shelves later this year.
A New Gut Bug Threat Menaces the Brain, Kidneys and Heart
02/01/2016 - An artery-damaging compound linked with higher risk for atherosclerosis and heart attacks –trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)—also increases risk for heart failure, kidney failure and strokes, according to a string of recent research from the Cleveland Clinic.
Diabetes Diagnosis of the Future: 11 Types?
02/08/2016 - Diabetes researchers propose a new way to classify high blood sugar problems based on 11 factors that threaten insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
Researchers Coax Leftover Pancreatic Cells to Morph Into Insulin-Producing Cells
11/24/2015 - Using a growth factor produced naturally by the human body – and used in spinal-fusion surgeries – scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have coaxed “leftover” cells from the pancreas to morph into insulin-producing islet cells.
Red Wine With Dinner? A New Study Says Yes, You Can
10/15/2015 - Sipping a glass of red wine with dinner modestly boosted levels of “good” HDL cholesterol in a two-year study of 224 people with type 2 diabetes, led by researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Marijuana Use Linked to Prediabetes
09/25/2015 - A recent University of Minnesota study has uncovered 49-65% higher odds for prediabetes in current marijuana smokers and former “heavy” users. The study was published in the September issue of the journal Diabetologia.

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