International Diabetes Federation awards $2 million to global diabetes research
BRUSSELS, Belgium Nine new diabetes research projects will be funded for a total of $2 million over the next three years as part of the International Diabetes Federation’s translational research grant program, BRIDGES.
The chosen projects address important issues in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes in different parts of the world.
“BRIDGES is a key program for IDF’s work and mission. The support of translational research projects is critical in a world facing various global health challenges, including diabetes,” said IDF president Jean Claude Mbanya.
The projects focus on such topics as lifestyle intervention to prevent Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, peer support, foot inspection for the visually impaired and the impact of motivational interviewing.
WellCare Today tackles medication adherence with HealthAssist
MORRISTOWN, N.J. A company that develops applications for smartphones has launched a new one that it hopes will help tackle a problem that costs the country billions of dollars a year.
WellCare Today announced Tuesday the launch of HealthAssist, an application for medication adherence and health management available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The application is available for free from Apple’s app store.
The program includes features such as a scheduled text reminder for each medication a user takes, refill alerts, news alerts and a storage system for electronic medical records.
Medication non-adherence costs the U.S. economy $100 billion and claims 125,000 a year, and according to the New England Healthcare Institute, one-third to half of all patients don’t take their medications properly.
King Pharmaceuticals launches PainBalance
BRISTOL, Tenn. A drug maker has launched a Web-based educational resource for healthcare professionals and others who provide care for patients with pain.
Around 50 million Americans live with chronic pain, and uncontrolled pain costs an estimated $100 billion in the United States each year.
“Patients with chronic pain often needlessly suffer because they are not getting appropriate treatment,” said Lynn Webster, co-founder and medical director of Salt Lake City-based Lifetree Clinical Research. “It is time to change that by helping healthcare professionals better understand the proper pain management that can allow more patients to enjoy quality, pain-free lives.”