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#type1diabetes #monoclonalantibodies #homebirths #longCOVID

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

>> New Therapy Delays Type 1 Diabetes

>> Highest level in decades for a type of delivery

>> Long-COVID treatment puzzles

The Med & Mic™ 11.18.22

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Delaying the Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

The FDA has approved the first therapy to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes. The monocloncal antibody teplizumab turns down the body’s misdirected attack on its own insulin-producing cells. Protecting these cells could buy time before people become dependent on insulin. In clinical trials, the I.V. medication delayed diabetes by two years, though some study participants have benefited longer. The main challenge is finding the people who need the treatment. When the first symptoms of diabetes appear, it’s too late. General population screening could help identify people at risk. (Source: CNN, J. Christensen and B. Goodman, 11.17.22)

More Home Births

Home births are at the highest level in decades, up 12% from 2020 to 2021. From 2019 to 2020, the increase was 22%. Of 4 million births in 2021, 52,000 occurred at home. Home births and other out-of-hospital births have been rising since 2004. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists note that home births are riskier and advises against the practice to deliver multiples and for women who previously had a cesarean section. (Source: AP, L. Tanner, 11.17.22)

No Standard Treatment for Long-COVID

Despite more than 400 long-COVID clinics nationwide, there are no standard treatment protocols. Because definitions of long-COVID vary, it is difficult to determine how many people are affected. People with persistent fatigue, confusion, and depression try multiple medications, from cholesterol drugs, to blood thinners, to addiction medicines, to testosterone. A number of clinical trials are coming. Experts anticipate a variety of therapies. (Source: NPR, B. Farmer, 11.18.22)

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