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FDA conducting ongoing safety review of Mirapex

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about a possible increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex (pramipexole), which is used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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Upcoming CME conferences

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CME Newsletter - November 2012 (PDF)

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Learn about diabetes at 'dance' to end the disease

Diabetes is the largest health burden in the nation. It is a precursor to several other diseases, it often leads to debilitating impairments such as blindness and kidney failure.

"Diabetes is a predisposing factor for multiple other conditions, especially cardiovascular disease," said Ruchi Mathur, MD, director of Cedars-Sinai's Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center.

The center, along with the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, will host a free community event Nov. 16 in the Harvey Morse Auditorium designed to raise diabetes awareness. Known as a Dance to End Diabetes, the event includes activities to get people up and moving, and asking questions about the disease. Endocrinologists, along with pharmacy, nutrition and diabetes educators, will be available to answer questions on a one-on-one basis, Mathur said. The event is open to patients, staff and community members.

Dance to End Diabetes

What: Free event for employees and community members (includes 30-minute Zumba® classes)

When: Friday, Nov. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Harvey Morse Auditorium

More information: Call (310) 423-4774

"The problem is diabetes often doesn't cause an ache, a pain or a rash, so there may be nothing that brings patients to a physician," Mathur said. "It's insidious and falls by the wayside."

Other scheduled activities include Zumba® classes every half-hour starting at 12:30 p.m. In addition, vendors have been invited to present the newest technology in diabetes management, such as glucose monitors and insulin pumps.

"We want people to have an opportunity to talk to the vendors about the different meters and insulin pumps, insulin pens and other technology out there for diabetes management," Mathur said. "Our diabetes educators, pharmacists and nutritionists can also answer specific questions that patients, family members and those interested in diabetes may have."

A similar, much smaller event was held last year with about 150 people participating. That event was only for employees, Mathur said.

"This year, it's open to everyone. We are encouraging people to bring their friends and their family," she said. "This is not just for people with diabetes."

The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism has partnered with the American Diabetes Association as a way to reach the community.

The Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center is a team-oriented, patient-centered program located in the Steven Spielberg Building at Cedars-Sinai. The center's staff provides treatment to patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, patients who are prediabetic, those with gestational diabetes and people who have a family history or risk factors for the disease.

An estimated 25 million people are living with diabetes in the United States today, and 80 million more are prediabetic and don't know it, Mathur said.

"Anything we can do to raise the public's awareness, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the socio-economic burden associated with diabetes, we plan to do it," Mathur said.

Dance to End Diabetes - Nov. 16, 2012 (PDF)