September 19, 2016 |
Every morning, my iPhone reminds me to log in my food choices for the day, courtesy of a weight-loss app. The messages are pretty innocuous: "Don't let hump day get you down! Log in now!" "Eat your veggies!" And depending on my mood, I see them as encouraging or annoying. But the real stumper is whether or not they change my behavior, a question also posed by researchers who are trying to harness cellphone technology to improve diabetes care. "With 92 percent of the population in the U.S. carrying cellphones, the technology is ubiquitous," said Janice Miller, a diabetes educator and assistant professor at the College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.
March 14, 2016 |
For Ralph Dorsey, a referee and president of the Chester Biddy Basketball Association, the first sign of trouble came as he ran up and down the court. His feet hurt, but he told himself that real men don't complain about pain. When Dorsey finally made it to the doctor in 2008, he was first diagnosed with athlete's foot. But within a month, his foot turned dark and the verdict was far more serious: gangrene caused by blood clots in his veins from peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulation disorder often associated with poorly controlled diabetes.
February 4, 2016 |
Aetna Inc. has signed a contract with the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization expected to cover 70,000 commercially-insured Aetna members under the care of primary-care physicians in the Philadelphia-area ACO, the Connecticut insurer said Tuesday. The Aetna deal is the first commercial contract for the Delaware Valley ACO, which is owned by Main Line Health, Jefferson Health, Holy Redeemer Health System, Doylestown Health, and Magee Rehabilitiation Hospital. Since 2014, the Delware Valley ACO has been participating in a Medicare shared-savings program.
November 4, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer, VPS said Monday.. No terms were disclosed. As part of the partnership, Penn will help VPS develop educational conferences, standards for patient care, as well as continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. VPS operates 14 hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, and India.
June 10, 2012 |
A quarter of nursing home residents have diabetes, but doctors are only now recognizing that they may need different medical treatment than younger people with the disease. Elbert Huang, a University of Chicago primary care doctor who conducts diabetes research, bemoans the fact that clinical trials rarely include elderly diabetics even though nearly half of people with diabetes are over 65. Three recent, large trials of measures to keep tight control of blood sugar did include older people but yielded either detrimental results or no benefit.
February 10, 2012
IT IS VERY unfortunate that Philadelphia has decided to reduce the number of school nurses. All children benefit from the expertise provided by the school nurse. However, for the child with diabetes, a number of other caregivers can be trained to administer insulin and to recognize and treat low blood sugar. Parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes quickly learn to care for their child. They also train others, such as family members and babysitters, to provide care. And, of course, older children can usually administer their own insulin.
February 8, 2012 |
Sending children off to school and letting someone else take responsibility for them is never easy. It's especially hard when a child has a condition, such as diabetes, that requires medication and other care during the day. Parents should feel confident that schools can provide that care, and, indeed, federal law requires them to. But how? More school nurses would benefit all children, including those with chronic conditions. Unfortunately, though, nurses haven't been available in every Pennsylvania school for decades; in some, they never were.
November 18, 2011 |
A health coalition in Camden won a $3.45 million grant Thursday to strengthen diabetes care in a city where rates far exceed the national average, adding to medical costs and detracting from residents' quality of life. The grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is intended to enhance and deepen a three-year-old, citywide diabetes collaborative, officials said. Most of the money will go to two or three primary-care practices, expected to be chosen next month. It will allow them to individualize care by, for example, hiring nurse coordinators to track diabetics, and peer educators to help patients navigate the health-care system.
November 17, 2011 |
A health coalition in Camden won a $3.45 million grant Thursday to strengthen diabetes care in a city where rates far exceed the national average, adding to medical costs and detracting from residents' quality of life. The grant, from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is intended to enhance and deepen a three-year-old, citywide diabetes collaborative, officials said at an evening meeting. Most of the money will go to two or three primary-care practices, expected to be chosen next month.
November 19, 2009 |
Arthur Chernoff has a dream, one that he feels will ease a lot of angst for diabetics and other chronically ill patients, and when he talks about it, he sounds almost as animated as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did describing his own dream. "Doctors and insurers should be doing more to lower the barriers to effective health care, instead of raising the barriers," said Chernoff, chairman of the Division of Endocrinology at Albert Einstein Medical Center. What Chernoff proposes is a sort of "diabetes passport," a way for patients to reach more easily the many doctors they need to see. Because the disease ravages so many body systems, diabetics may need, besides primary-care doctors, a phalanx of specialists such as endocrinologists, cardiologists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists or nephrologists, not to mention dietitians or other health professionals.