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CDC: Diabetes Rate Soar

Focusing on the states at the top and at the bottom of the list, MedPage Today (11/16, Fiore) reports, “Specifically, prevalence was highest (above 10%) in Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, and was lowest (below 7%) in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Wyoming,” the report found. “Median percentage increases over the 15-year period by region were also highest in the South, at 104.2%. In the other three regions, the median increases were 62.2% in the Northeast, 66.7% in the Midwest, and 82.5% in the West.”

Genetic Tests Not Helpful For AMD.

MedPage Today (11/13, Fiore) reports that eye doctors “should steer clear of recommending genetic tests for complex diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) because the evidence for their utility just doesn’t exist,” according to research presented at an ophthalmology meeting. The tests involved examine the “risk alleles of two genes: Compliment Factor H and ARMS2. But analyses of data from some of these companies suggested there was little predictive power of the tests to determine which patients actually develop disease.” Experts recommend instead that patients, even those whose family histories include AMD, should be counseled to eat properly and not to smoke.

Death Rate From Diabetes Continues To Fall In Kids, Teens.

In continuing coverage, MedPage Today (11/3, Smith) reported, “The death rate from diabetes among children and adolescents has fallen by more than 60% since the late 1960s, according to research published in the Nov. 2 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “In 1968-1969, the death rate from diabetes among those 19 and younger was 2.69 per million,” researchers reported. However, “by 2008-2009, the rate had fallen to 1.05 per million, a decline of 61%,” the study found.