Study: Hemoglobin A1C may not effectively diagnose kids with diabetes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A convenient blood-glucose test commonly used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes may not be the best way to diagnose children, according to a new study.
A team of researchers from the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital evaluated hemoglobin A1c test results of 1,156 obese and overweight adolescents, ages 12 to 18 years, and discovered that exclusively using the test for diagnosing diabetes in children and adults could lead to missed cases, based on current American Diabetes Association guidelines. According to current ADA guidelines, individuals without symptoms would be classified as having diabetes if HbA1c values reach 6.5% and as having prediabetes if HbA1c values reached between 6% and 6.4% on two separate tests. The U-M researchers suggested that the cut-off point may need to be lower for kids.
"We found that hemoglobin A1c is not as reliable a test for identifying children with diabetes and prediabetes compared with adults," said Joyce Lee, lead study author and pediatric endocrinologist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. "Using this test in children may lead to missed cases."
Until more definitive studies are available, it’s premature to use HbA1c for children, authors concluded.
The study was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pediatrics.
CVS/pharmacy supports UNCF’s initiatives
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy and the United Negro College Fund, a minority education organization, are teaming up to celebrate Black History Month and promote education in the retailer’s stores nationwide.
As part of the partnership, CVS/pharmacy has committed $50,000 in support of UNCF initiatives, including the UNCF Campaign For Emergency Student Aid, which helps thousands of recession-impacted college students at 39 historically black colleges and universities as they complete their senior year and receive their college degrees. The donation from CVS/pharmacy will help students who are short of funds to pay for tuition, books and dormitory rooms so that they can clear their bills at the bursar’s office and graduate from college this spring.
The partnership also includes promotion through the month of February of UNCF and Black History Month at CVS/pharmacy’s more than 7,100 stores nationwide through in-store radio announcements featuring UNCF’s motto: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." The UNCF motto celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
"Black History Month is an important opportunity to recognize the contributions that African-Americans have made over the course of our history as a country," stated David Casey, VP workforce strategies and chief diversity officer for CVS Caremark. "We are proud to stand with UNCF and to support its important mission of making sure every child has the opportunity to get through college so they can become the next generation of leaders."
Since its founding, UNCF has helped 350,000 students earn degrees from its 39 member colleges and universities. Today, 55,000 students attend UNCF member institutions each year.
Paul Davis joins HRG
WAUKESHA, Wis. — A premier marketing and research firm for the retail consumer healthcare industry announced that it has appointed a new business development manager.
Hamacher Resource Group said Paul Davis, a consumer packaged goods industry veteran with more than 25 years of sales experience, will focus his efforts on sharing how HRG’s category management, marketing services, research and analytics, and product images and data services can help consumer healthcare product manufacturers effectively reach their audience, improve brand awareness and ultimately increase sales.
“Paul’s energy, enthusiasm and creativity will be a terrific addition to our team," said HRG VP Dave Wendland. "His knowledge will help our manufacturer clients reach their sales goals, whether it’s through aiding them in improving their at-shelf presence, creating successful promotions or guiding them through marketing strategies and tactics to gain a broader audience or strengthen consumer loyalty.”