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Winners of ‘Script Your Future’ Medication Adherence Challenge named

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The National Consumers League, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy have recognized five pharmacy schools for their public education efforts to help patients adhere to their medication routines.

The award recipients for the first-ever "Script Your Future" Medication Adherence Challenge were the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Harding University College of Pharmacy, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. The challenge, which builds on NCL’s Script Your Future campaign, is a coordinated initiative to engage student pharmacists in a public education effort on the importance of helping patients with chronic diseases take their medications as directed.

“The goal is to educate the next generation of pharmacists to take a proactive role in encouraging patients to follow the instructions for taking their medication through medication adherence education,” NCL executive director Sally Greenberg said.


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MyTelcare Diabetes Pal app now available

BY Allison Cerra

BETHESDA, Md. — A provider of mobile health solutions has introduced a free application that synchronizes with a wireless blood-glucose meter.

The MyTelcare Diabetes Pal, now available via the Apple App Store, allows patients and caregivers to use their iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad to visualize every glucose reading sent by the Telcare BGM (blood-glucose meter) while tracking medication, nutrition, activities and notes. What’s more, the app also enables patients who don’t have the Telcare BGM to manually enter their blood-glucose data and track it over time.

“Telcare’s free app is designed to empower every patient by eliminating the hurdles that have made the analysis of glucose readings so time consuming,” Telcare CEO Jonathan Javitt said. “We want to increase patients’ understanding of their diabetes and help them and their caregivers properly manage the disease. The support of endocrinologists and diabetes educators around the world verifies the need for this application. We believe this app’s innovative and intuitive design will help people with diabetes change behavior and as a result improve their health.”


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Study: Genetic predisposition to dyslipidemia associated with Type 2 diabetes risk

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — People that are genetically predisposed to developing a condition that causes high blood cholesterol levels may be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Diabetes, was led by Qibin Qi of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and included 2,447 patients with Type 2 diabetes and 3,052 control participants of European ancestry from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Researchers found that the genetic predisposition to dyslipidemia, a lipid disorder caused by high cholesterol, was estimated by three genotype scores of lipids: LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Qi and colleagues found, however, that among the three scores, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride genotype scores were related to elevated Type 2 diabetes risk of 3% and 2%, respectively.

"In conclusion, genetic predisposition to low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides is related to elevated type 2 diabetes risk," the researchers said.

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