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Toon Therapy

doctablet_diabetes2 An endocrinologist and cardiologist teamed up to create an entertaining and easily understood method to educate patients. The result is Doctablet, a series of online animations that patients of all ages, backgrounds, and education levels can comprehend and even enjoy. A lack of quality time with patients is a problem in endocrinologists’ offices — and...
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Handle With Care (Part 2)

shutterstock_567577024 Endocrine News continues its conversation with some of the clinical practitioner members of the Endocrine Society on their views of patient-centered care. What does it mean for a practice, a patient, and the physician? This article picks up where it left off last month with an ongoing dialogue among physicians about what constitutes patient-centered care....
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Commentary: Geriatric Endocrinology: An Important Competency for Endocrinologists in an Aging Society

As the population ages, endocrinologists will be faced increasingly with older patients with endocrine disorders who may present difficult clinical challenges. Fortunately, the Endocrine Society is poised to improve the “geriatric competency” of endocrine practitioners, researchers, and trainees. According to a 2015 United Nations World Population Ageing Report, the number and proportion of older persons...
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Positive Results in Phase 2b Study of Metformin Delayed Release in Type 2 Diabetes

Positive results were reported last week in a Phase 2b dose-ranging study, which met the primary endpoint of showing a statistically significant reduction in HbA1c at 16 weeks with delayed-release metformin compared with placebo in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Elcelyx Therapeutics is marketing this drug as Metformin DR, an investigational product designed to target metformin delivery to...
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CMS: 49 States (+ DC) Reduced Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

According to a new study from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 49 states and the District of Columbia have seen avoidable hospital readmissions decline since 2010. Hospital readmissions typically occur within 30 days of a patient’s discharge and have been estimated to cost $17 billion annually in Medicare expenditures. Aside from the...