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Sickle Cell Trait May Confound Blood Sugar Readings Among African-Americans

A new study in JAMA provides evidence that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a common blood biomarker used to measure blood sugar over time, may not perform as accurately among African-Americans with sickle cell trait and could be leading to a systemic underestimation of blood sugar control among that population.

PatientPartner Improves Adherence in First Independent IRB-Approved Clinical Trial of a Mobile Game Application in Diabetes Patients

Breakthrough clinical trial results for “PatientPartner,” a new mobile game application designed by scientists and researchers at CyberDoctor, document for the first time the effectiveness of a story-driven game in changing health behavior and biomarkers. Results of the clinical trial demonstrating increased adherence among patients with diabetes were announced last month at the Health 2.0 Conference, October 2nd, in Santa Clara, CA. The unique, universal, non-disease specific approach allows PatientPartner to be effective in improving adherence in all patient populations.

Sanofi Announces Upcoming Launch of MyStar Extra, the First Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Meter With Estimated A1c

At the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain, Sanofi (EURONEXT : SAN and NYSE : SNY) recently presented the innovative blood glucose meter MyStar Extra®, the first self-monitoring device that provides robust estimates of the A1c value, a key indicator for long-term glucose control.[3],[4] The hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) assay has become the cornerstone for the assessment of diabetes control and A1c test results are widely used to guide treatment decisions.[5],[6] Especially convenient for people starting on insulin or using insulin, MyStar Extra® is a supportive meter, designed to help people with diabetes be engaged in their insulin management and treatment plan.[7],[8],[9]

Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.’s New Diabetes Prevention & Management Panel Incorporates Discovery from Metabolon Researchers

Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., a CLIA-certified laboratory specializing in advanced cardiovascular and metabolic disease testing and health management, has launched a new blood test for stratifying prediabetic patients based on the Quantose™ insulin resistance markers discovered by Metabolon, Inc.

Insulin resistance is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications, and the Quantose biomarkers have been incorporated into HDL, Inc.’s newly launched Diabetes Prevention & Management Panel, or DPMP. Following a soft-launch period of limited release, development, and test marketing, HDL, Inc. has incorporated the Quantose™ metabolites seamlessly into DPMP, a 21-test panel available to physicians nationwide beginning this month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The ability to more accurately identify patients likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes is a powerful tool to help manage the onset of a leading cause of heart disease,” said Tonya Mallory, HDL, Inc.’s President, CEO and Co-founder. “The Quantose markers help complete Health Diagnostic Laboratory’s DPMP and provide physicians with a more accurate, deeper look at the root causes of prediabetes and diabetes.”

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., or 8.3 percent of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Nearly one in three U.S. adults – almost 80 million people – meet the criteria for prediabetes.

The Quantose™ biomarkers are novel metabolites detected in blood that reflect insulin resistance and detect progression to prediabetes and diabetes earlier than traditional glycemic measures such as HbA1c. By considering insulin resistance, metabolites provide clinicians with a useful tool that goes beyond traditional measures to stratify patients based on their risk for developing diabetes. The Quantose™markers are particularly useful in identifying prediabetic patients at the greatest risk of disease progression where drug or other interventional therapy may be appropriate. Such a clinical value is well-aligned with American Diabetes Association guidelines, which recommend physicians consider pharmaceutical intervention in high-risk prediabetic patients.

”We are delighted to have an ideal partner in Health Diagnostic Laboratory to bring American clinicians a new tool for identifying and managing patients at risk for developing diabetes,” said John Ryals, CEO of Metabolon. “Our expertise in biochemical profiling is reflected in the discovery of the Quantose markers and represents the culmination of many years of research by our scientists. Importantly, if physicians are able to detect high-risk prediabetic patients earlier, it may allow them to initiate therapeutic interventions capable of preventing diabetes and related complications. The launch of Health Diagnostic Laboratory’s DPMP using the Quantose markers also represents a significant milestone in Metabolon’s evolution from providing biomarker analysis services to discovering cutting-edge metabolomic-based diagnostic markers.”

Source: PR Newswire

Biomarkers: New Tools of Modern Medicine

Over the last few decades there has been an explosion in the discovery of biomarkers for diagnosis, disease monitoring, and prognostic evaluation. In the April issue of Translational Research, entitled “Biomarkers: New Tools of Modern Medicine,” an international group of medical experts explores the promise and challenges of biomarker discovery and highlights the latest advances in the use of biomarkers in various diseases.