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Adults with type 2 diabetes have a 15% greater risk for death from any cause compared to the general population, which is a historically low level.
Ranibizumab blocks the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and is indicated for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic macular edema.
New data from a retrospective cohort study show that the incidence of diabetic foot infections has decreased markedly—by 52%—between 1996 and 2010, according to a report in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Screening for diabetes during regular dental visits led to the diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes in 12.3% and 23.3% of 1,022 patients enrolled in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Younger adults with diabetes (age 18 to 39 years) are less likely than older patients to take medication to control their glucose levels or to see a doctor biannually.
People who develop diabetes in middle-age are more likely to experience significant memory and cognitive problems over the next 20 years compared to people without diabetes in midlife, according to a prospective cohort study.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) reduced pain more effectively than optimal medical treatment in a study of patients with moderate to severe diabetic peripheral neuropathy in their lower limbs, as reported in the November issue of Diabetes Care. Spinal cord stimulation is not without risks, as one treatment-related fatality was reported in this study.
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