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Type 1 diabetic teens experience stress when monitoring condition, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

A new study published in the April 7 issue of Adolescent Health suggested that teens with Type 1 diabetes may undergo stress when managing their condition.

Researchers, led by Korey Hood, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital — monitored 146 diabetic teens for a six month period and noted that teens who started taking more responsibility for their own care (and who had more conflict with parents) became less diligent about monitoring their blood glucose levels and had increased levels of hemoglobin A1c.

 

"What you tend to see as you look at large-scale clinical data is that A1c trends from the age of 12 or 13 steadily climb into young adulthood, and then it starts to decline in the mid-20s," Hood said in a news release from the Center for the Advancement of Health.

 

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BCBS chapter to use Diabetes Know Now! in community awareness campaign

BY Allison Cerra

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. Diabetes Know Now!, the interactive, diabetes health-screening platform, will be used as part of a new community campaign to combat diabetes in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City said its use of the Diabetes Know Now! platform will be an integral part of its “crucial community awareness campaign” and will use the Diabetes Know Now! suite of services to tackle the diabetes epidemic in the area.

“We have always stressed the importance of personal accountability in lifestyle and health care choices. Now, with healthcare reform on the horizon and talk in Washington, D.C. of a greater emphasis on prevention and accountability, Diabetes Know Now! is one way to be sure you’re staying healthy and getting the medical help you may need,” said Tom Bowser, president and CEO of Blue KC.

Hooper Holmes Health & Wellness, the developer of Diabetes Know Now!, said it is working with other payors and plan sponsors to further extend the reach of the interactive platform.

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Cornblatt joins Nutramax Labs’ consumer division team

BY Michael Johnsen

EDGEWOOD, Md. Nutramax Labs on Wednesday announced the addition of Brian Cornblatt to their consumer division team.

“Dr. Cornblatt comes to Nutramax Laboratories during a time of growth and expansion,” stated Troy Henderson, VP corporate operations and professional services at Nutramax. “The addition of Dr. Cornblatt to the Nutramax Laboratories team will further ensure the quality, innovation, and research for which Nutramax Laboratories is known in the industry.”

Cornblatt joined Nutramax Labs to collaborate with manufacturing, development and quality groups to bring new products to market and support those products post-launch. In addition, Cornblatt will collaborate with research and development departments in identifying, planning and summarizing laboratory and clinical studies for Nutramax Laboratories products into publishing and marketing pieces.

“The need for non-toxic and naturally-derived agents that have broad application at promoting health is great,” Cornblatt said. “At Nutramax Laboratories there is an impressive and unique commitment to an in-house research program that focuses on uncovering the scientific rationale for how their products work while ensuring overall product quality and safety.”

A Hopkins graduate with a PhD in pharmacology and molecular sciences and a post doctoral fellowship in environmental health sciences/toxicology, Cornblatt has been engaged in medical research for two decades, Nutramax stated.

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