Trending News Today: One-Third of Patients Over Age 30 with Type 1 Diabetes Misdiagnosed

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A new study showed that one-third of individuals who develop type 1 diabetes after age 30 are initially misdiagnosed and treated for type 2 diabetes without insulin, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. For the study, the researchers examined characteristics of 538 patients who had insulin-treated diabetes that was diagnosed after age 30, the article reported. According to the findings, 38% of the patients with type 1 diabetes did not receive insulin when first diagnosed and 47% said they were initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

A real-world analysis indicates that half of patients treated with statin medications do not benefit from them, The New York Times reported. According to the article, the study of 165,411 patients free of cardiovascular disease who started statin therapy between 1990 and 2016 found that slightly more than half had suboptimal responses to therapy. These individuals had a 25% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease than those with an optimal response, the article reported.

Physicians are using electronic medical records to identify unvaccinated patients and potentially infected individuals in response to the recent measles outbreak, Reuters reported. According to the article, New York’s NYU Langone Health network of hospital and medical offices built alerts into its medical records system to notify providers of patients who live in an outbreak area. These alerts help identify incoming patients who may have been exposed to measles and prompt conversations about their vaccination history, the article reported.