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Presentation connects diabetes researchers
September 29, 2006

When Linda Garrelts MacLean, interim chair of pharmacotherapy, presents on the topic of diabetes, one of her favorite slides maps the incidence of the disease across the United States in the years 1994 and 2004. The 1994 map shows only two “red” states (with the highest prevalence of diabetes, between 6 and 9.9 percent), but the 2004 map shows most states red. The alarming rise in diabetes prompted MacLean, her colleagues at WSU Spokane, and WSU Extension to form the WSU Diabetes Initiative about 18 months ago. Initiative members will present some of their research at the Fall 2006 Diabetes Initiative Forum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. … » More …

ICN awarded diabetes management scholarship
February 14, 2006

The WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing Academic Health Services has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Washington State Collaborative: Diabetes Management and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.A team of faculty nurse practitioners and support staff from the college and People’s Clinic will work together with clinic teams from across the state for 18 months, focusing on improving chronic care management for patients with diabetes.Teams will test changes in their individual practices and collectively share lessons learned. The efforts will be focused on evidence-based care. The opportunity to work with other state teams allows the best practices to be put in place.The People’s Clinic, a nurse-managed health care … » More …

WSU Diabetes Initiative Forum promotes research
October 25, 2005

It’s the fifth-leading cause of death by disease in the nation; more than 18 million people in this country have it (nearly one-third of whom don’t even know it yet); and those who have it are at higher risk for heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, extremity amputations, and other chronic conditions. Diabetes is one of the most common and serious diseases affecting the nation, as evidenced by these statistics from the American Diabetes Association. And the incidence of diabetes likely has not reached its peak yet—a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one in three Americans born in … » More …

Researchers seek subjects for type 2 diabetes study
December 17, 2004

SPOKANE — Researchers at WSU Spokane are seeking people with Type 2 diabetes to participate in an international study intended to produce new treatments for the disease.In particular, the WSU researchers are looking for individuals with diabetes who have experienced some of the complications of the illness, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.The Spokane research project is part of the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes trial study being conducted under the direction of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Spokane is one of 70 sites across the United States and Canada participating in the research effort.Once enrolled in the … » More …

Diabetes study pivotal
October 17, 2003

How do you measure the significance of the ACCORD diabetes drug trial in which WSU Spokane researchers are participating — size of the participant field, scope of the problem, eventual impact on the community or individuals? Regardless of how you measure the study, the result is the same — huge.Size: The study — formally titled Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetics — will include 10,000 participants in the U.S. and Canada. Total funding for the Spokane portion of the trial is more than $2 million. Scope: About 17 million Americans have diagnosed diabetes; more than 90 percent of those have type 2. The number … » More …

Panelists to discuss diabetes program
May 10, 2002

Diabetes and the “Extension Diabetes Education Program” will be the focus of the next Extension Engaged program, slated for 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14. Guest panelists will be Sue Butkus, extension nutrition specialist; Jill Armstrong Shultz, professor and scientist with Food Science and Human Nutrition; and Cindy Corbett, assistant professor with the College of Nursing. Topics will include who gets diabetes, common complications and how to prevent some complications.They also will discuss some common strategies for treatment, such as food, exercise, medicine and why it’s so hard to make lifestyle changes related to diabetes. They will also give an update on the new … » More …