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PAIN SOLUTION

A pharmaceutical company has announced

positive results from its phase Ib clinical

study on its drug for neuropathic pain.

AlzeCure develops a broad portfolio

of drug candidates for diseases affecting

the central nervous system, with projects

in both Alzheimer's disease and in

neuropathic pain reduction. These latest

results demonstrate that ACD440, a TRPV1

antagonist, could show positive proof-ofmechanism

data, showing analgesic efficacy.

The observed effects with ACD440 were

highly significant over placebo. It was also

well-tolerated as a topical gel on human

skin, indicating suitability for further

clinical development, i.e., a local treatment

for neuropathic pain conditions including

diabetic neuropathy.

Preparations are ongoing for further

clinical trials with a planned Phase II trial by

the end of 2021.

HOMELESS DIABETES CRISIS

Research presented at the

Diabetes UK Professional

Conference (DUKPC) 2021

has revealed the scale of the

diabetes crisis among the global

homeless population. The review

of international research on

diabetes and homelessness over

the last 30 years showed that up

to 22% of homeless people have

diabetes. Homeless people living

with diabetes were found to have

poorer blood glucose control

and a higher risk of severe

diabetes complications.

For people without access

to stable housing, diabetes

management is complex. Food

availability may be limited,

and access to healthcare often

provides an additional barrier.

Following a local audit of

Glasgow, which highlighted

the poor health outcomes

experienced by individuals

with diabetes in a homeless

environment, the team of

researchers led by Dr Catherine

Russell at NHS Greater Glasgow

and Clyde aimed to establish the

global scale of the issue.

The team carried out a

systematic review of global

research on homelessness

and diabetes from 1990-2020.

Eighteen research papers met

the criteria for inclusion in the

study: 10 from the USA, three

from Canada, and one from the

UK, Ireland, Japan, Germany and

New Zealand.

The review revealed that the

prevalence of diabetes in the

homeless population was up to

22% in the US. In England, the

prevalence was estimated at 4%;

however, the researchers suggest

the actual figure is likely to be

higher, as people living with

undiagnosed diabetes could not

have been counted.

Homelessness was associated

with higher rates of recurrent

diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA);

however, diabetic retinopathy

was no more prevalent in

homeless people than housed

people with diabetes. People

who moved into stable housing

were more likely to have HbA1c

tests, suggesting better access

to diabetes care. Communitybased

interventions were

found to improve overall

medication adherence, blood

pressure, cholesterol and blood

sugar levels.

SEVEN-DAY

INFUSION SET

Medtronic has introduced its Extended

infusion set - the first and only infusion set

that can be worn for up to seven days - in

Finland and Belgium.

This new kit doubles the length of

time an infusion set can be worn so

users can safely stay on insulin pump

therapy with fewer interruptions and

insertions while introducing enhanced

convenience and comfort to their diabetes

management routine.

The Medtronic Extended infusion set

recently received positive feedback about the

experience from more than 100 insulin pump

users in Finland who had a chance to use

this product as part of a patient evaluation

programme. The set is compatible with all

MiniMed 600 and 700 series insulin pumps.

The Medtronic Extended infusion set was

developed in partnership with ConvaTec's

Unomedical subsidiary, the world's largest

producer of infusion sets. Through a phased

approach, the set will be available in other

European countries during 2021.

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Stephenson-Grey took part in the

London 2012 Olympics Games torch

relay and still trains (prior to lockdown) at

the track and in the gym. The exercises

she does include standing squats, pressups, the

plank, lunges, the superman

pose (when the opposite arm and leg are

stretched out) and sit ups.

She says, "This type of fitness session

is inspired by the type of session I've often

done with my training group over the

years, particularly at the start of the winter

or summer training season, as it helps

build strength and fitness as a foundation

to move onto other things. It works the

arms, legs and core areas throughout

the session, which can be helpful when

training a lot, because no one area is

necessarily over-worked or strained."

The home workout videos have been

accepted by many in the community.

She adds, "I'm sharing what training

sessions work for me. Please remember

that you know your own fitness, health

and diabetes best. Seek medical advice

if you are concerned about undertaking

physical activity."

Home workouts with Mel Stephenson-Grey of Life Sport Diabetes.

www. lifesportdiabetes.co.uk

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