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Flibanserin

Flibanserin Submitted For Another FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration has received a new application from Sprout Pharmaceutical for approval of Flibanserin as a libido booster for women. The FDA has twice refused approval of Flibanserin because of side effects, which included fatigue, dizziness and nausea, and also because of lackluster effectiveness. Sprout re-filed its application and included new information that the FDA had requested from them about how Flibanserin affects the ability of women to drive.

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Positive Treatment for Diabetic Rats with Engineered Probiotics

Positive Treatment for Diabetic Rats with Engineered Probiotics

By using an engineered strain of lactobacillus (human probiotics common in the gut of the body) that would secrete a Glucagen-like peptide (GPL-1), researchers saw that the engineered probiotic created up to a 30 percent lower high blood glucose in rats with diabetes. The team orally administered the engineered probiotics for 90 days to the rats.

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Older Diabetics Striving For Higher A1C?

Older diabetics striving for a higher A1C? Older patients with multiple medical conditions might see their blood sugar levels drop to a dangerously low point when taking different medications for different health problems, so the usual aggressive control of those low A1c numbers might do more harm than good by causing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), which can lead to confusion, coma, and even death.

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Rub-On, Tattoo-Like Sensor for Testing Blood Sugar Levels

Rub-On, Tattoo-Like Sensor for Testing Blood Sugar Levels?

A proof-of-concept study, scheduled to be published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Analytical Chemistry in the near future and submitted by Joseph Wang and colleagues at the University of California San Diego, indicates that a rub-on, tattoo-like sensor that sticks to the skin that they have developed can detect glucose levels.

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Saxenda Headed to the Weight Loss Market

Saxenda Headed to the Weight Loss Market

Liraglutide (marketed under the brand name Victoza), a long-acting treatment for type 2 diabetes, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in higher-dose prescription form for weight loss in obese patients, and in otherwise overweight people who have at least one weight-related problem such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Victoza, when used for weight loss in its higher-dose prescription form, will be sold under the brand name Saxenda, which will be administered as a daily injection in a pen-like dispenser.

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Too Sweet - The Not-So-Serious Side to Diabetes by Laura Kronen

Book Review: Too Sweet, the Not-So-Serious Side To Diabetes

Too Sweet, the Not-So-Serious Side to Diabetes,” a book by Laura Kronen.

Highly recommended reading for a family member, friend, significant other or anyone you know who might be interested in the real life of someone who is dealing with Type 1 diabetes on a daily basis — a tough job. Gutsy book from a gutsy lady, lots of laughter, but the true facts are there. Great Christmas gift.

“Too Sweet” gives you a day-to-day look at the battle that a person with Type 1 diabetes goes through. Normally, not a fun job, but Kronen puts a funny spin in the right places. If you can’t laugh about some of these situations, they will laugh at you, so you might as well get the jump on them. High glucose levels, low glucose levels; working glucose meter, malfunctioning glucose meter; blood strips trailing you around the house. It’s all in this book. You are there, you live it. A very serious condition that needs serious consideration every minute of the day. And only someone living this life can put into words what it is truly like. Kronen does an excellent job of telling us about the never-ending responsibilities of taking care of Type 1 diabetes. She’s lived it, still lives it and is doing a fine job of it.

Enjoy the book. Laugh with Kronen. It might just keep that blood glucose level normal for a couple of days.

Smile, be happy, use that pump or take that shot, but smile, be happy.

Study Shows Drug Combination Best When Treating Diabetes

Study Shows Drug Combination Best When Treating Diabetes

FDA Update

The FDA has announced on 5/15/2015 that the use of SGLT2 inhibitors can cause too much acid in the patient. Please read the above link for additional details on this development.

A new study supports that a drug combination may be better at reducing blood sugar levels then one medication alone. Scientists suggest that this synergetic mechanism of two medications, Metformin and SGLT2 inhibitors could just be the next stage in treating diabetes.

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