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Reversing diabetes for heart and kidney health; MS and medical marijuana; ‘notice of exclusion’ due to fraud – Morning Medical Update


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Diabetes, heart and kidney effects

Losing weight helps patients control type 2 diabetes, and even reverse it. That also means good news for the heart and kidneys, according to a new study. It is among the first to show reversing diabetes in turn has long-term effects on cardiovascular and kidney outcomes, according to an accompanying news release.

Medical marijuana in MS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended reclassifying marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, to Schedule III, potentially opening up more testing, research and prescriptions. If that happens, there could be implications for primary care physicians. How are multiple sclerosis specialists using marijuana in medicine? This article explaining symptom management was the most read piece of 2023 in the International Journal of MS Care.

See y’around, Liz

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a “notice of exclusion” barring Theranos Inc. founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes from participating in federal health care programs for 90 years. Two years ago, Holmes was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud against the blood testing company’s investors. Last year Holmes was sentenced to 11 years in prison and to pay $452 million in restitution.

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