Straight Talk About Diabetes: More Tools Needed

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. During a panel discussion with other doctors and drug industry executives, William Herman, MD, made a statement that seemed pretty innocuous.  “I think the key to controlling diabetes is prevention.” Preventative … Read More

Obesity: A Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Much of the current research of Alzheimer’s disease is conducted in patients who are already in cognitive decline. Also, too little research is being conducted on the long-term impact that chronic … Read More

New Weight-Loss Drugs, More Rigorous Standards

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Two newly approved pharmaceuticals – and others in development – may be elemental in a broader treatment strategy to reverse the worldwide obesity problem, a panel of pharmaceutical company executives says. But … Read More

Bariatric Surgery Offers Hope for Diabetics

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Bariatric surgery has been a hot topic, offering a spectrum of benefits, especially for patients with diabetes. In addition to hearing about weight loss surgeries, Medical Innovation Summit attendees watched a … Read More

Exporting a Western Diet: Obesity Goes Global

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. The United States may lead the world in rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, but the rest of the world is catching up quickly, said a panel of global public … Read More

Obesity and Diabetes: ‘Public Enemy No. 1′

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. The numbers don’t lie — type 2 diabetes and obesity are the most pressing threats to public health today, said two prominent physicians speaking to an audience of more than 1,500 … Read More

10 Innovations to Watch in 2013 (Slideshow)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 110 physicians and researchers a simple question: What are the top 10 medical innovations for 2013? Their answers are below. These 10 innovations have the power to reshape your care in the not-too-distant future.

Bariatric Surgery May Improve Diabetes (Video)

During gastric bypass, surgeons reduce the stomach from the size of an inflated football to the size of a golf ball, resulting in less eating and weight loss. However, the STAMPEDE trial, designed to test this surgery’s effect on type 2 diabetes, showed that the benefits go far beyond weight loss. In the trial, gastric … Read More

Migraines, Cluster Headaches: Remote Control Help? (Video)

Migraines and cluster headaches are not your average headaches. They can lead to debilitating pain (especially cluster headaches), lost work productivity and a poor quality of life. So what if a device the size of an almond could fix them? That’s the goal of a new miniaturized implantable neurostimulator. This tiny device is implanted through … Read More

Detecting Infections in Minutes (Video)

In the near future, doctors will be able to find bacterial infections in minutes rather than days or weeks. This improvement comes courtesy of technology that won the Nobel Prize in 2002, called MALDI. Researchers are now using this “mass spectrometry” technology to find bacteria more quickly and cheaply than current lab tests. That’s good … Read More