CDC, AMA Develop Type 2 Diabetes Tool Kit

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association have joined forces to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

The organizations developed a tool kit for physicians and healthcare workers in an attempt to bring together the medical community, local organizations and insurers about what needs to be done to reduce the number of people with type 2 diabetes.

The initiative hopes to get patients the support they need to make the lifestyle changes needed to live healthier.

Programs with this goal will roll out in five tests sites across the country.

Over the past two years, both the CDC and the AMA have been laying the groundwork for this effort with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program and the AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes Initiative.

In the coming months, the AMA will be identifying more states where they need to strengthen the links between clinical care settings for patients and community support to reduce the incidence of diabetes.

The groups say more than 86 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes and nearly 90 percent are unaware they have it.
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Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily may have lingering memory problems and structural abnormalities in the brain even after they stop using.

Researchers studied ten young adults who smoked pot heavily as teens and compared them with 44 young adults of the same age and similar backgrounds with no history of drug abuse.

Young adults who smoked pot heavily as teens performed worse on memory tests and on brain scans.

They also tended to show differences in the shape of the part of the brain (hippocampus) involved in forming long-term memories.

The team notes the findings do not prove marijuana is to blame, partly because participants were assessed only once.

Further research on a broader scale is needed to determine a definitive link.
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Older brains may be better than younger ones in some ways.

Researchers looked at 50,000 people and the results suggest people in their forties and fifties do a better job of translating emotional signals from other people, while seniors have more overall knowledge.

Younger adults appear to think faster and have more short-term memory.

Study authors say there is no peak age for brain function; it just depends on the aspect you are looking at.

While this work has some weaknesses, such as not following individuals over time, it does provide a snapshot at one point in the lives of people of varying ages.
 

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