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Issue 66 April 2014


Welcome to the April 2014 edition of JDC Diabetes Gems, the monthly newsletter from Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centre, Trivandrum. This month we have in store updates on sleep apnoea and its relationship with blood glucose levels, a possible new treatment emerging for gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian disease and the risk of liver disease in adolescents etc.

Gems Picture of the month and video of the month focus on the revolutionary new diabetes therapy based on Incretins –the history, the evolution and the present day concerns.

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JDC Diabetes Gems Team
Jothydev's Diabetes and Research Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, INDIA

Gems Picture of the Month
Dr. John Eng: the discoverer of Exendin-4 which led to the development of Exenetide (Byetta) and later Liraglutide (Victoza)"

Dr. Eng began his career as a practicing physician and researcher at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.....READ MORE

Concerns on Victoza answered : 2014 by Jothydev Kesavadev

PCOS increases NAFLD risk in adolescents
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) puts adolescent patients at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to retrospective study data presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Pediatric......READ MORE
Sleep apnoea linked with blood sugar levels
People with diabetes have higher levels of HbA1c and the risk of developing cardiovascular complications is increased as these levels are raised. Obstructive Sleep apnoea (OSA) has been linked with elevated..... READ MORE
New treatment options in gestational and type 2 diabetes?
New research reveals that both pregnant women with diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes have high levels of a fat metabolite that impairs pancreatic cells from secreting insulin. The findings ..... READ MORE
Moderate physical activity associated with better prognosis in diabetic adults
A recent study published in Diabetes Care which looked into the association between specific types of physical activity and all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality revealed that moderate......READ MORE

Gems Picture of the Month
Dr. Eng began his career as a practicing physician and researcher at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, working under Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Rosalyn......READ MORE
Recipe of the Month
Salmon Patties..... READ MORE
Drug update
EU recommends approval for Empagliflozin.Albiglutide approved by US FDA ..... READ MORE
Mini JPEF CME : Udaya Samudra, Kovalam 5th April 2014. Diabscreen Kerala Free Camp, Oachira 6 March 2014 .... READ MORE

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 The Newsletter team:
 Chief Editor
Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev
 Managing editor Sunitha Jothydev
 Scientific Editor  Gopika Krishnan (Research Head, JDC Centres)
 Sub Editor Dr. Arun Shankar
 Editor Neethu Annie Simon (Unit head, JDC2, Kochi)
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