September 13, 2017- The American Diabetes Association has published an update of its 2003 position statement on hypertension and diabetes in the September 2017 issue of Diabetes Care. Led by George Bakris, MD of the University of Chicago Section of Endocrinology, and Director of the ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center, the international writing group revised the guidelines in light of several recent landmark randomized trials. Greater emphasis was placed on the routine use of home blood pressure readings, routine assessment of orthostatic pressure, and the cautious use of agents like spironolactone for resistant hypertension. Andrew Davis, MD, a primary care internist at University of Chicago Medicine, also served on the writing group.
September 08, 2017- Mai Tuyet Pho, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a UG3 from NIDA/CDC/SAMHSA to study the opioid crisis, along with Hepatitis C and HIV in the rural southern Illinois Delta Region. This is a multiple-PI grant and includes the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York.
Dr. Pho has been a member of the Illinois statewide opioid advisory taskforce, and has been working with the IDPH to issue a statewide standing order for naloxone. She has been analyzing overdose data for the IDPH and IDHS.
On September 6, 2017, Governor Rauner of Illinois signed the executive order at Chicago’s Lawndale Christian Health Center to establish the taskforce.
Here is WGN coverage of Governor Rauner signing the order.
Here is the Opioid Action Plan from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Congratulations, Dr. Pho!