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In this CME program, experts discuss the pathophysiology of hyperglycemia, its role in macro and microvascular diseases, and the role of incretin pathways in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Examine approaches to managing the obese patient with T2DM, along with the incorporation of evidence-based guidelines and recommendations into practice when considering use of incretin-based therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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Ophthalmic Technologies

CRADLE, a new app that allows users to detect certain eye diseases is now available for download, a post published by NPR’s Shots blog reveals. Bryan Shaw, a chemist at Baylor University, created the app when his son, Noah, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma after noticing that Noah had white reflections coming from his eye in pictures. The free app searches through pictures on your phone for white eye, which can often be an indication that a person has the condition. There is also a feature that allows you to shine the iPhone light into someone’s eye, reporting anything that could be related to an eye disease.

Read the post published by NPR’s Shots blog.

Asthma Attacks

Researchers in Israel conducted a study, published in the journal Allergy, that found that patients with low vitamin D levels had a greater recurrence of asthma attacks. A post in The New York Times Well blog reports that the researchers found no association of low vitamin D with an initial diagnosis of asthma.

Read the post published by The New York Times Well blog.

Read the study published in Allergy.

2014 Ebola Outbreak

In an alarming piece of news, CBS News reports that Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of the Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown, are being sued in federal court for misrepresenting its product’s ability to protect diseases spread by blood and microbes like Ebola. Los Angeles surgeon Hrayr Shahinian filed the case, which alleges that Kimberly-Clark committed fraud, false advertising and negligent misrepresentation as it sought to cover up its gown’s unsuitability to prevent contamination. With widespread concern over the fears of Ebola, the production of protective gowns has increased and rival Dupont Co. has aimed to triple its output. Although the investigation of the claims of the lawsuit is still underway, much doubt has already been cast on current efforts to protect against Ebola.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Autism Studies

A new study published in Nature shows that 33 gene variants contribute to a child’s risk to develop autism. Up until now, scientists have only identified 9 gene mutations that are linked to the disorder. CBS News reports that the study is based off of data from 14,000 DNA samples from pediatric patients with autism.

Read the article published in CBS News.

Read the study published in Nature.