September 2015

What "Behavioral Change" Looks Like From the Front Lines: Visiting Jefferson Hospital

September 16, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management gained exclusive access to the Comprehensive Weight Management Program for a view of what "behavioral change" really means for patients overcoming obesity and for the clinicians managing their care.

Stumbling Toward Access to Evidence-Based Care for the Chronic Disease of Obesity

September 18, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

Many hoped the 2013 declaration by the American Medical Association that obesity is a disease would open the door to improved coverage for pharmcotherapy. That did not happen right away, but signs of change are emerging.

For Now, PBMs Just Say No to High-Cost PCSK9 Inhibitors

September 18, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

When prices of the first 2 entrants of this new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs came in well above expectations, leading PBMs announced plans to limit who could gain access and sent a clear message to the drug makers: get ready to negotiate.

From Contrave Saga, Renewed Faith in Trials Built on Trust

September 19, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

The decision by Cleveland Clinic's Steven Nissen, MD, to issue his own press release last spring after the cardiovascular outcomes trial was halted for Contrave turned plenty of heads in the pharmaceutical community. But Nissen and others involved in the saga see what happened with Orexigen as a one-time incident, not a flaw with the process for evaluating the safety of diabetes and obesity therapies.

Fingernail Tests May Offer Cheap, Simple Way to Diagnose Diabetes

September 23, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

Fingernail tests could offer a solution to diabetes testing in the developing world, and a faster test for gestational diabetes could diagnose this condition earlier in pregnancy.

Food Industry Discusses DGAC Call for Sugar Limits, but Many Are Cutting Back Already

September 24, 2015

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendation to limit added sugar comes as little surprise to the food industry, which has quietly been curbing the amount of sugar in products aimed at children in response to concerns about obesity.

If Beef Is Not Sustainable, Is Growing It the Answer?

September 25, 2015

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The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee said the way meat is raised is bad for the environment. A project from the Netherlands offers a high-tech, if expensive, solution.