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For Diabetics, Fatigue and Burnout Are a Constant Challenge

March 9, 2015

Mark Schutta, MDManaging diabetes can be tough, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mark Schutta, MD, medical director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, says, "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," but there are ways to combat the fatigue.

>> Philadelphia Inquirer article

Major Hypoglycemia News From Paris Diabetes Conference

March 6, 2015

Michael R. Rickels, MDRecently at the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes conference in Paris, new study findings were announced that may lead to a new, simpler approach to glucagon "rescue" treatment for severe hypoglycemia -- a needle-free, nasally-delivered glucagon, according to the Huffington Post. Michael Rickels, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, led the study showing that the newly trialed glucagon shows comparable efficacy to current injected glucagon.

>> Huffington Post article

Long-Term Follow-Up of Benign Thyroid Nodules Shows Favorable Prognosis

March 5, 2015

Medical News Today article with Anne Cappola and Susan MandelIn continuing coverage, Medical News Today reports that after five years of follow-up, a majority of asymptomatic, benign thyroid nodules exhibited no significant change in size, or actually decreased in size, and diagnoses of thyroid cancer were rare, according to a study published in JAMA. Anne Cappola, MD, ScM, associate professor, and Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, professor, both in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, co-wrote an editorial in JAMA calling the findings good news. Cancer Therapy Advisor also covered the topic.

>> Medical News Today article

>> Cancer Therapy Advisor article

Molecular Clocks throughout Body, Not Just Brain, Keep Tissues Humming

February 3, 2015

Mitch Lazar, MD, PhDAn article in Scientific American highlights research from two Penn labs that study circadian clocks in peripheral tissues. Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, and Mitch Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, were featured.

>> Scientific American Article

Low Thyroid: Why Am I Cold All the Time"

January 29, 2015

Anne R. CappolaIn a Time "You Asked" article about why some people feel cold more often than others, Anne Cappola, MD, ScM, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, points to metabolism. In oversimplified terms, those with a high metabolism burn more calories and enjoy increased blood flow, both of which warm you.

>> Time Article

Weight Loss Linked to Improved Sleep, Mood

January 29, 2015

Nasreen AlfarisA Healio.com article reports that losing 5 percent or more of initial body weight is associated with short-term improvements in sleep quality and duration, and short- and long-term improvements in mood, according to a study led by Nasreen Alfaris, MD, MPH, a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

>> Healio Article