Race and T1D, dogs and the Affordable Care Act

Racial gaps in diabetes not tied to social, economic status 

From Reuters:

A child’s social and economic status does not explain the racial gaps in the care and outcomes if he or she suffers from Type 1 diabetes, according to a study published recently.

From the story:

The finding suggests researchers look to other factors that may explain the racial gap in type 1 diabetes care, such as the perceptions of doctors and families, write the researchers in the journal Pediatrics February 16.

The rise of doggie diabetes …

Newsday had this headline recently: “Diabetes has become a more common diagnosis among dogs.” You can read the story here. Actually, you probably can’t because the story is behind a paywall.

This blog has a human bias, but I love dogs and the headline made me curious because maybe there are canine canaries in the coal mine when it comes to pancreatic health.

Because I don’t know what followed the headline, and because I’m fairly cynical, I figured the story could go one of two ways: (1) it’s an old story and others have reported it, or (2) “more common” isn’t supported by the reporting.

As for the first option, Google doesn’t reveal any recently published studies or news reports on an uptick in the incidence of canine diabetes.

Plenty of websites discuss dog diabetes, but they lack the usual signals that pet owners should be concerned about their healthy pooch’s pancreas.

There is a site called that states this:

Canine diabetes is quite common—anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs develops diabetes, and those numbers are expected to increase.

You can read it here. That’s a pretty vague statement and it references a study from the 1980s about cats. Cats!

I have a hunch the writer fulfilled a time-honored tradition in journalism: Report as little as possible, call it a trend and your editor doesn’t care if you duck out for a matinee.

Three blogs on changes to the health care system

Dr. Kevin Pho runs, a blog with voices from across the medical community. Recently he’s had three posts that focused on the Affordable Care Act and how it’s hitting doctors:

Quality-based health care is based on false assumptions

The beginning of the end of Medicare as we know it

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid bait and switch

I’m neutral on the Affordable Care Act itself. I’m not smart enough to say what to do about it. But I think a lot of the criticism comes from people who don’t address insurance problems before ACA was passed. And critics who ignore those problems, in my mind, undercut their arguments.

What are your thoughts? That’s why we have comments.


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