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Study finds siblings may play key role in women’s gestational diabetes risk

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK A family history of diabetes may increase a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study concluded.

Catherine Kim of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and her colleagues examined 4,566 women participating in the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,” all of whom had at least one child. Ninety-seven percent had never been diagnosed with diabetes, about 1% had gestational diabetes only, and 2% had Type 2 diabetes. The researchers found a parent with diabetes increased the likelihood of having diabetes or gestational diabetes to a similar degree. But while having two diabetic parents boosted the likelihood of having diabetes eight-fold, it only doubled the likelihood of gestational diabetes.

The risks associated with having a sibling who is diabetic, however, were much higher than having one or even two parents with the disease. Kim and colleagues said this increased gestational diabetes risk more than seven-fold, but only slightly upped the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

“Sibling-only history may be a greater risk factor than previously documented,” the authors said.

The findings were published in the December issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

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Sosalski joins Victoza Lifecycle Management team

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A member of the trade team of Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk is heading off to Switzerland soon.

Novo Nordisk announced that Rachel Sosalski, who has worked for the company’s trade team for more than four years, will work as senior global product manager for global operations, joining the Victoza (liraglutide) Lifecycle Management team in Zurich.

Sosalski will begin working in the new position on March 1.

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New report emphasizes importance of retail clinics, projects growth

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON A recent report by the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit public policy research organization, underscored the importance of retail-based health clinics and stated that the number of clinics is likely to grow to 3,200 by 2014.

“The growth of the Internet, high-speed telecommunications networks and electronic medical records have made it possible for patients to seek care in a variety of clinical settings without losing the continuity of care a primary care provider offers,” the report stated. “Healthcare entrepreneurs using these technologies in retail clinics are making medical care increasingly accessible and convenient, while raising quality and reducing costs.”

Citing data from consulting firm Deloitte, the NCPA report stated that there are currently 1,100 to 1,200 clinics and the number is likely to grow to 3,200 by 2014.

The problem with today’s U.S. healthcare system, the report said: A lack of convenient, low-cost care that often leads to an overuse of emergency rooms.

“Competition from these new clinics may lead traditional physician practices to adopt new technology, and offer extended and more convenient weekend hours,” the report stated. “Moreover, low-cost, convenient clinics offer the best solution for improving access to care for the uninsured, individuals without a primary care physician and workers in need of routine care.”

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