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American Diabetes Association publishes an update of its position statement on hypertension and diabetes in the September 2017 issue of Diabetes Care


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.


Mai Tuyet Pho, MD, MPH awarded UG3 to study the opioid crisis


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!

James Zhang and David Meltzer, MD, PhD publish study in Journal of Medical Economics


August 03, 2017- James Zhang, PhD and Dr. David Meltzer, MD, PhD have published a study on gender disparities in cost-related medical non-adherence  to medical care (CRN). This is the first study in its kind that reveals the gender disparities in CRN, comprehensively defined. The study, titled “The differential rates in cost-related non-adherence to medical care by gender in the U.S. adult population,” was published in the Journal of Medical Economics on May 19, 2017.

Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS and Elbert Huang, MD, MPH published in Diabetes in America

Cover of Diabetes in America 3rd Edition

July 31, 2017- Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS and Elbert Huang, MD, MPH have published a chapter in the 3rd edition of Diabetes in America. Their chapter, “Diabetes in Older Adults,” will become the leading reference for the geriatric diabetic population in the United States.

Check it out here. Congratulations, Dr. Laiteerapong and Dr. Huang!


Dr. Marshall Chin presents on the South Side Diabetes Project at the University of Otago in New Zealand

Marshall Chin News

July 28, 2017- Dr. Marshall Chin will leading a seminar today at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His presentation, “Improving Diabetes Outcomes and Nutrition in the African-American South Side of Chicago” will detail a multilevel intervention that addresses health disparities among African Americans on Chicago’s South Side. We are very excited to have the opportunity to share the South Side Diabetes Project globally!

Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH awarded grant from the Office of Minority Health

Arshiya Baig News

July 26, 2017- Dr. Arshiya Baig has been awarded a grant from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services for their “Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity” grant program for her study titled “Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Midwestern Community Health Centers to Improve Diabetes Outcomes.” For the awarded study, she will be working in partnership with the Midwest Clinician’s Network, a member agency of over 120 health centers across 10 states, to implement a diabetes group visit and mobile text messaging intervention in 20 clinical sites. The project will impact low-income patients from racial ethnic minority groups who are in rural and urban areas.

For more information, click here.

Dr. Arshiya Baig discusses “outside the box” diabetes interventions

ADA 2017

At the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions held June 9-13, 2017, in San Diego, CCDTR’s Arshiya Baig moderated a session called “Thinking and Working Outside the Box—Prevention and Intervention Approaches.” Medscape interviewed Dr. Baig about some of the studies presented during this session, including a mobile gaming app designed to improve health behaviors for overweight or obese adults and an occupational therapy intervention to improve quality of life and glycemic control among young adults with diabetes.

Dr. James Zhang presents at 2017 International Health Conference

Zhang photo

June 30, 2017- Today, Dr. James Zhang presents at the 2017 International Health Conference at St Hugh’s College Oxford for a study titled “The Association between Patient-physician Communication and Cost-related Medication Non-adherence among Diabetic U.S. Medicare Beneficiaries.” The other co-authors of the study include Dr. David Meltzer. This study is supported in part by a Pilot and Feasibility Grant from the CCDTR.