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#Alzheimers #Diabetes #Scrubs

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Alzheimer’s Harbinger

>> A Device Possibility for Type 2 Diabetes

>> What Not to Wear: Surgeons’ Edition

The Med & Mic™ 01.12.23

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Alzheimer’s Could Be Detected Early by Blood Test

In a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease, a particular protein can be detected in the blood ten years before symptoms show. A Swedish study compared people with and without the mutation for autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Three biomarkers increase prior to symptoms in the bloodstreams of the people who carry the mutation: neurofilament light chain (2 years), phosphorylated tau (6 years), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (10 years). The researchers note the findings will require additional validation because of the small number of people studied (75), though other studies have found elevated GFAP in people at risk for Alzheimer’s. (Source: MedPage Today, J. George, 1.11.23)

[Question: Would you want to know if you were going to get Alzheimer’s disease? Why or why not? Comment on this post.]

Artificial Pancreas for Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers in the U.K. have tested an artificial pancreas (a device that measures blood sugar levels and delivers an appropriate dose of insulin) in 28 adults with Type 2 diabetes. It doubled the amount of time people were in the target range for blood sugar and halved the time people had high levels. The researchers have shown the glucose monitor/insulin pump combo has worked well for people with Type 1 diabetes with some intermittent input from the wearer, however the version for Type 2 diabetes is fully automatic. One patient developed an infection at the pump site. About 415 people worldwide have type 2 diabetes. (Sources: Science Daily and MedPage Today, K. Monaco, 1.11.23)

Color Connotes

Green scrubs convey "surgeon," whereas black scrubs consistently evoke negative associations, according to a survey of 113 adult patients and visitors. When they looked at pictures of models in four scrub colors, the ones wearing green were most frequently identified as surgeons, followed by light blue. The models wearing blue scrubs were thought to be most caring. Those in black scrubs were ranked lowest for being caring, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and skilled. (Source: MedPage Today, S. Putka, 1.11.23)

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