A few months ago, we got a tip from a researcher about a new product from a company called Tethys Bioscience that can quite accurately predict a person’s likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. This sounded pretty revolutionary, in large part because it has the potential to save the country billions of dollars in diabetes prevention. But does knowing your risk actually motivate people?! They’ve teamed up with a popular smartphone health app to find…Read more »
There are a lot of things I love about New York City… from the theater, to amazing restaurants, to world-renowned museums, there’s pretty much nothing you can’t get in the Big Apple. Except sodas larger than 16 ounces.
That is, if Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way.
Note that it’s totally and completely legal to buy cancer-causing cigarettes and to gorge on 2,000-calorie cheesecake, but under a proposed bill before the NYC Department of Health…
June is National Employee Wellness Month, Folks. Did you know?
It’s a campaign created a few years ago by none other than Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of employee health programs (go figure). And this year’s initiative is co-sponsored by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. Why do we smell diabetes all over that?
A lot of the focus here…
A week ago, the media was all abuzz about a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that the oral drug Actos can prevent diabetes. At first we at the ‘Mine didn’t pay much attention, because of course we’re more concerned with what happens to people who already have diabetes. But the buzz didn’t stop. Forbes blogger Matthew Herper wrote a great piece about why side effects make this a bad…Read more »
Partnerships between multiple universities or institutions are not so uncommon in research, but when’s the last time you heard of an entire state coming together to cure a disease? Earlier this month, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, together forming the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, announced a formal 10-year-long partnership to cure diabetes which they’ve named, “Decade of Discovery: A Minnesota Partnership to Defeat Diabetes.”
The goal is to raise…