Congratulations to Dr. Viswanathan Mohan, the 2018 recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Harold Rifkin Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes Award. his award honors individual outstanding service in the cause of diabetes, performed with an international perspective and with international impact. Dr. Mohan is Director of long-term EGDRC collaborator, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information...


Dr. GV Krishnavenia, former EGDRC Fogarty Fellow, is included as one of the Indian Women in Science series in The Life of Science and Firstpost online newsletter. Dr. Krishnavenia was also featured in a calendar brought out by The Institute of Mathematical Sciences in collaboration with The Life of Science to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2018. Please view the link to article and calendar page. 


Two in One: Diagnosing Type 2 Diabetes With Single-Sample Testing
Narayan KM, Jagannathan R
An editorial for the article "Prognostic Implications of Single-Sample Confirmatory Testing for Undiagnosed Diabetes: A Prospective Cohort Study" by Selvin E, et al.

Post-conflict household structures and underweight: a multilevel analysis of a community-based study in northern Uganda
Stine S, Nielsen, J, Kaducu FO, Okumu CL
The aim of this paper is to examine associations between household-level characteristics and underweight in a post-conflict population.

How can health, agriculture and economic policy actors work together to enhance the external food environment for fruit and vegetables? A qualitative policy analysis in India
Thow AM, Verma G, Soni D, Soni D, Beri DK, Kumar P, Siegel KR, Shaikh N, Khandelwal S
The aim of this paper is to identify opportunities to strengthen food system policy for nutrition, through an analysis of the policies relevant to the external food environment for fruit and vegetables in India.

Spousal cardiometabolic risk factors and incidence of type 2 diabetes: a prospective analysis from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Nielsen J, Hulman, A, Witte, DR
In the UK, more than one million people have undiagnosed diabetes and an additional five million are at high risk of developing the disease. Having an obese spouse increases an individual’s risk of type 2 diabetes over and above the effect of the individual’s own obesity level among men, but not among women. Our results suggest that a couples-focused approach may be beneficial for the early detection of type 2 diabetes and individuals at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially in men, who are less likely than women to attend health checks.

Cardiovascular and renal burdens of prediabetes in the USA: analysis of data from serial cross-sectional surveys, 1988–2014
Ali MK, Bullard KM, Saydah S, Imperatore G, Gregg EW
There is controversy over the usefulness of prediabetes as a diagnostic label. Using data from US National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) between 1988 and 2014, the authors examined the cardiovascular and renal burdens in adults with prediabetes over time and compared patterns with other glycaemic status groups.
Pocast interview with co-author, Dr. Mohammed K. Ali, from EGDRC.

Public health challenges for the 21st century: Convergence of demography, economics, environment and biology: Nalanda distinguished lecture
Narayan, KM
Review of a 2,000 year history of global economics and demography and how they have impacted biology and health.

News and Media

Georgia’s health system ranks 40th in national scorecard

"Poverty is a key factor in low health rankings of Southern states," said Solveig Cunningham of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

That affects access to care. Cunningham cited the report finding that in Alabama, low-income adults were nearly seven times more likely than those with higher incomes to skip necessary care because of costs (33 percent vs. 5 percent). But in Pennsylvania, the disparity between high-income and low-income adults was much less (17% vs. 9%).

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