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Drug Shortages: Will You Be Affected? – Dr. Jonathan MacClements

Though more of an inconvenience at the moment than crisis, doctors and patients are finding that many drugs that are routinely used in patient care, and particularly for patients in the hospital, are in short supply. The problem has attracted the attention of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the FDA now has a website (available here) for gathering information on drugs that are in short supply. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, Dr. Jonathan MacClements from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler discusses the problem of commonly used drugs that are in short supply.

We’ve been hearing about drug shortages in the news. What’s causing the problem? (first question)

How many drugs are in short supply? (skip to 0:37)

What kinds of drugs are being impacted? (skip to 1:00)

What is being done about the problem? (skip to 1:24)

Is the United States the only country affected? (skip to 2:14)

What impact will shortages have on cost? (skip to 2:33)

How can I find out if a drug I’m taking is on the list of those in short supply? (skip to 3:16)

What can I do if a drug I’m taking is on the list? (skip to 3:42)

Is this going to be a chronic, ongoing problem or will it be resolved? (skip to 4:05)

The Diabetes Links – Dr. David Shafer

Diabetes is a very serious disease in and of itself. But it doesn’t stop there. Ongoing clinical research is revealing that diabetes has causal or complicating links to a range of other serious health problems including the most common cancers, hearing loss, dementia, heart attack and stroke. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. David Shafer answers questions on the diabetes links.

What is diabetes and why does there appear to be links between it and other serious diseases? (first question)

Are the links to other diseases equally attributable to Type I and Type II diabetes? (skip to 1:32)

What is the link between diabetes and heart attack or stroke? (skip to 3:23)

Why do people with diabetes have a greater risk of hearing loss? (skip to 4:18)

What is the connection between diabetes and cancer? (skip to 5:29)

Why would someone with diabetes be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? (skip to 7:03)

What is the link between diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure)? (skip to 9:30)

Are these risks increased irrespective of how well diabetes is managed by the patient? (skip to 10:40)