Diabetes News, Friday June 13, 2008



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  • The Lee Iacocca Car Show Events and Car Show Awards. The Next Event is Mustangs in the Park, Sunday June 22, 2008 in Van Nuys California, hosted by the Mustang Owners Club of California. Finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes remains the sole mission of The Iacocca Foundation. To learn more how you can qualify to present The Lee Iacocca Award and help find a cure for diabetes, and find out when there will be a car show in your area, check out the site.
  • james-bond.jpgThis is Diabetes Week in the UK. It’s not too late to sign up for the Hummingbird Ball, June 13, in Newcastle. Enjoy a fabulous James Bond themed evening with drinks reception, four course meal, casino, grand auction and fantastic entertainment. Tickets £55 or £500 for a table of ten.
  • Surfing With Diabetes: Saturday, June 14, 2008, Laguna Beach, California. “Join PADRE and Diabetic Youth Services for a day at the beach. This event is for teens with diabetes 13 to 19 years old AND their friends. Activities include surf instruction, ocean kayaking, beach games, diabetes education, raffles, playing in the water, and lounging on the beach. Lunch, dinner, and snacks are provided. Surfboards and wetsuits are available for those who don’t own one.” Sponsored by the PADRE Foundation, Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research Education.

Important Health News:
Information updated June 12, 2008

The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states, the Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an ongoing multi-state outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Saintpaul infections.

At this time, FDA is advising U.S. consumers to limit their tomato consumption to those that are not the likely source of this outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes; grape tomatoes; tomatoes sold with the vine still attached; tomatoes grown at home; and raw red plum, red Roma, and round red tomatoes from specific sources listed on their site. Consumers should be aware that raw tomatoes are often used in the preparation of fresh salsa, guacamole, and pico de gallo, are part of fillings for tortillas, and are used in many other dishes.

Customers everywhere are advised to:

  • Refrigerate within 2 hours or discard cut, peeled, or cooked tomatoes.
  • Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes and discard any that appear spoiled.
  • Thoroughly wash all tomatoes under running water.
  • Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, raw seafood, and raw produce items.
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot water and soap when switching between types of food products.

FDA recommends that U.S. retail outlets, restaurants, and food service operators offer only fresh and fresh cut red plum, red Roma, and round red tomatoes and food products made from these tomatoes from specific sources listed on their site. Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached from any source may be offered.

Source: CDC

Diabetes Headline News:

The Sydney Morning Herald, June 12, 2008. Spinach holds hope for diabetics. “Tests on lab rats by researchers in NSW and China have uncovered a new and potentially vital therapeutic role for folic acid in protecting the heart muscle from the onslaught of high glucose levels experienced by diabetics.”

Twin Cities. com, June 12, 2008. Medtronics touts dashboard glucose monitor for diabetic drivers. “In the car of the future, drivers might have dashboard gauges not just for the speed and fuel level of their vehicles, but also for the amount of glucose in their body — a key reading for diabetic patients. ”

Medical News Today, June 11, 2008. Diabetes medication may promote eye health. “The diabetes medication rosiglitazone has been associated with a reduction in the likelihood of developing the eye disease called proliferative diabetic retinopathy. A study published in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology also found that diabetes patients using the drug were less likely to have reductions in visual acuity (or sharpness).”


East Bay Business Times, June 6, 2008. Sangamo upbeat about diabetes related drug. “A trial of Sangamo BioSciences Inc.’s drug for diabetes-associated nerve damage has yielded encouraging results, the Richmond company said Friday.”

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