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Abbott recalls FreeStyle, FreeStyle Flash blood glucose meters

Abbott’s FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash blood glucose meters are being recalled because when used with the Abbott FreeStyle test strips the meters may produce mistakenly low blood glucose results. Both the FreeStyle and the FreeStyle Flash meters have been in production since 2010. Blood glucose meters are used to measure blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Those who have the meters affected by this recall should immediately contact Abbott Diabetes Care at 1-888-345-5364 to receive a replacement meter. Consumers who have access to an alternative glucose meter should immediately discontinue using their Freestyle or FreeStyle Flash meter and take the necessary ... Read More

UK advisors propose wider indication for cholesterol-lowering statins

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a draft guidance on the management of high cholesterol for people with and without cardiovascular disease, as well as those with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. NICE, an agency that provides guidance for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, recommends that high-intensity statin medications be given as a primary preventative treatment in patients with a 10 percent risk of cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years. Previously, the recommendation was for patients with a 20 percent risk of cardiovascular events over the next 10 years be treated with statins. ... Read More

Google develops contact lens aimed at replacing blood glucose monitors

Could contact lenses replace finger-pricking to measure blood sugar levels? Google is banking on the possibility. The company earlier this month unveiled a prototype of a wearable smart device, a soft contact lens that can measure the amount of sugar in tears. The special contact lens has a tiny pinhole that lets tear fluid seep in and pass over a sensor that acts as a glucose monitor. The lens currently can get a level reading once every second. A small antenna, capacitor and controller allows the information gathered to be transferred to a handheld device for reading. More than 25 ... Read More

FDA proposes new guidelines for approving diabetic blood glucose monitors

Federal regulators are proposing guidelines for approving diabetic blood glucose testing monitors to help distinguish between monitors sold over the counter and ones intended for professional use. The approval recommendations were made because, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, the different types of devices pose different risks depending on whether they are used at home or in a medical setting. Blood glucose monitors designed for self-use should be easier to use and understand than those designed for use by medical professionals, the agency said. For example, patients are less likely to have the expertise or health to properly used more ... Read More

Diabetes blood glucose testing meters recalled

About 600 TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack blood glucose meters, made by Nipro Diagnostics are being recalled both in the United States and abroad because the meters have a an incorrect factory set unit that displays the glucose result in mmol/L rather than mg/dl. It is possible for the meter to be read by users as lower than the expected blood glucose result. A total of 501 TRUEbalance meters and 105 TRUEtrack meters are affected by the recall. These meters were distributed in the United States from September 2008 to May 2013. Nipro Diagnostics is sending notifications to pharmacies, durable medical equipment ... Read More

Rise in obesity rates puts more people at risk of serious health consequences

An estimated one-third of the world’s adult population is overweight or obese and at risk of developing diabetes and other serious health conditions, according to a new study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). “The evidence is well established: obesity, together with excessive consumption of fat and salt, is linked to the rising global incidence of non-communicable diseases including some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes,” the report states. The study found the biggest problem to be in developing countries, where an estimated 900 million are considered overweight – nearly three times as many as 1980. Comparatively, about 550 million ... Read More

Diabetes growing worldwide by epidemic proportions

An alarming 382 million people worldwide have diabetes, and that number is expected to climb to 592 million in the next 20 years, according to the International Diabetes Federation. The vast majority of cases are type 2 diabetes, the kind that is associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, which suggests that many cases could be prevented and possibly reversed if more people adopted  healthier habits. “The battle to protect people from diabetes and its disabling, life-threatening complications is being lost,” the Federation said in the latest edition of its Diabetes Atlas. Diabetes kills about 5.1 million a year, or ... Read More

FDA orders 23andMe to stop marketing genetic testing kits

DNA testing company 23andMe has been ordered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop marketing its over-the-counter genetic test because it is being sold illegally to diagnose diseases and there is no proof the test actually works. The agency sent a warning letter to the start-up company, headed by Anne Wojcicki, the ex-wife of a Google co-founder, saying the company needed regulatory approval before it can sell its “saliva collection kit and personal genome service” in the United States. 23andMe provides a saliva analysis kit designed to help consumers determine their genetic risks for developing diseases such as ... Read More

Abbott recalls diabetic blood glucose test strips

Abbott is recalling 20 lots of FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips because they may produce erroneously low blood glucose results when used with both the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter, as well as the OmniPod Insulin Management System. The FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash blood glucose meters have not been in production since 2010 but may still be in use by some consumers. When the test strips are used with the newer FreeStyle brand meters including FreeStyle Freedom Blood Glucose Meter, FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Meter and FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose ... Read More

Diabetes growing by epidemic proportions worldwide

An estimated one-tenth of the world’s population – or about 592 million people – will have diabetes by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation’s newly updated Diabetes Atlas. The report aimed to highlight the epidemic proportions by which the chronic disease is growing by estimating how many adults between the ages of 20 to 79 will be affected by diabetes in the future. About 382 million people will be considered diabetic by the end of the year, compared with just 285 million four years ago. Diabetes is most rampant in low- and middle-income countries, where as many as 80 ... Read More