The Weekly Roundup

November 10, 2017 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

National Diabetes Month is an ideal time to promote awareness and survey what’s on the horizon in treatment. California scientists are pinning their hopes for a significant advance in type 1 diabetes on a new technology: a way to transplant insulin-producing cells and prevent them from being rejected. Side effects—an obstacle for type 2 diabetes patients using GLP-1 agonists—can potentially be overcome through a beta-cell pathway discovered by researchers at the University of Alabama. Also, an old asthma drug is being explored by UC San Diego and University of Michigan researchers to inhibit the enzymes IKKε and TBK1, which make it difficult for mice in their study to expend energy. Meanwhile, pharmacists are on the front line of treatment using today’s management methods, including aiding adherence and developing counseling strategies that can aid in prevention, especially among groups at high risk. It’s certainly in pharmacists’ best interest to do so.

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • Get there first. A study of social media’s role in overcoming disinformation about vaccination: hit up expectant parents. 
  • Check out this slideshow showcasing antibiotics for resistant infections in the pipeline. (log in required)
  • Feeding the beast. More speculation on Amazon and the pharmacy landscape.
  • Keeping pharma “evergreen.” Extending the life of pharmaceutical patents. (log in required)
  • Not so fast. FDA renews warnings against the fraudulent advertising of unproven cancer treatment claims. 
  • Study finds expanded use of electronic health records remains advantageous.
  • “Force thyself.” Check out these strategies for managing your time amid multiple priorities.

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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