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Diabetes Research and News

November 2012

NIH Collaborates with HBO on Obesity Documentary

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The Weight of the Nation documentary series and public awareness campaign features National Institutes of Health (NIH) research showing how obesity affects the country's health and how interventions can turn the tide against obesity and its complications. Launched in April, the series of four documentaries focused on obesity was developed by HBO in consultation with NIH and other major health organizations. The project also includes a three-part HBO Family series for kids, 12 short features, a social media campaign, and a nationwide community-based campaign to mobilize action to move the country to a healthier weight. The films can be viewed for free at leaving site icon.

New NIH Clinical Trial Website Launched for Public, Health Care Providers

The new NIH website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, helps people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate. The site also provides educational resources, personal stories, links to clinical trials, and free promotional materials to help raise awareness of clinical trials.

Researchers Study Lean People to Unravel the Complexity of Obesity

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are incorporating individuals with ideal body weights into obesity studies leaving site icon. The investigators hope to identify which factors cause some people to become overweight or obese and others to stay lean. Study participants’ food choices, genetic backgrounds, sleeping patterns, and even surrounding temperatures will be examined.

2012 Edition of NIDDK's Annual Scientific Report Now Available

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The NIDDK annual scientific report, NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities, is now available. This report highlights examples of NIDDK-supported research advances published in fiscal year 2011.

October 2012

DPP Finds Lifestyle Change, Metformin are Cost-Effective

Outcomes and Cost Analysis Published in Diabetes Care

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Programs to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults would result in fewer people developing diabetes and lower health care costs over time, researchers conclude in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The programs were tested in the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial over 10 years.

"We don’t often see new therapies that are more effective and at the same time less costly than usual care, as was the case with metformin in the DPP," said Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Fraud Alert for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are becoming targets in a scheme to steal their money and personal information. Criminals are calling people with diabetes to request financial data or Medicare account information with the promise of "free" diabetes supplies, like test strips, glucose meters, or lancets, among others. As part of the scam, the callers pretend to represent the Government, well-known diabetes organizations, or Medicare. Health and Human Services urges people not to share their information and to report the call to the Office of Inspector General 1-800-HHS-TIPS.

Weight Loss and Fitness Reduce the Risk of Lost Mobility

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Weight loss and increased physical fitness nearly halved the risk of losing mobility in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes, according to 4-year results from the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. "This study of mobility highlights the value of finding ways to help adults with type 2 diabetes keep moving as they age. We know that when adults lose mobility, it becomes difficult for them to live on their own, and they are likely to develop more serious health problems, increasing their health care costs," said Mary Evans, Ph.D., project scientist for the study.

New and Updated Publications

May 2012

New NIH Center Will Work to Bring Discoveries Home to Patients

A new center from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to enable and expedite the translation of research discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices for patients. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will identify barriers to progress and find ways to cut the time and cost that go into developing much-needed drugs and diagnostics. In December, President Barack Obama signed a 2012 spending bill that put the development of the center in motion.

"Patients suffering from debilitating and life threatening diseases do not have the luxury to wait the 13 years it currently takes to translate new scientific discoveries into treatments that could save or improve the quality of their lives," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

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NIH Grantees Win Nobel Prize

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Ralph M. Steinman, M.D.
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Bruce A. Beutler, M.D.
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Jules A. Hoffmann, Ph.D.

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees Bruce A. Beutler, M.D., of The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, and Jules A. Hoffmann, Ph.D., for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity, and the late Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., of Rockefeller University, New York City, for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.

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A Close-up on NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers

Photo of Brown Medicine magazine cover featuring Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Brown Medicine magazine featured a cover story on Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) director, in its Fall 2011 issue. Read an excerpt from the story, "The Ambassador," below:

"A hematologist by training, Rodgers first became interested in medicine growing up in the ’60s and ’70s in New Orleans. … He excelled in math and science early on. His father taught physical education and science. But it was his mother, a public health nurse, who first exposed him to the practice and potential of medicine."

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