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Possible Link Between Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes: A recent study published in Cancer suggests that there is a relationship between cancer and type 2 diabetes. The study showed that there is a significantly high incidence of cancer onset during the three months following a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. These findings could suggest a link between the risk factors of diabetes and cancer; however, the results could also be explained by increased trips to the doctor after a diabetes diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Largest Measles Outbreak of This Season: With 22 cases confirmed, the largest measles outbreak of this season is currently taking place in Arizona. Health officials have linked the outbreak to an immigration detention center in Eloy. While the starting point of the outbreak is unclear, it is likely that a staff member, detainee, or detention center visitor introduced the virus to the area. Further investigations on the outbreak are ongoing. (New York Times)

Diabetes Screening Guidelines Not Sufficient: The 2015 diabetes screening guidelines, established by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), may be missing over half of all diabetes patients. The guidelines state that obese or overweight individuals between the ages of 40 and 70 should be screened for diabetes; however, approximately 55% of diabetes patients, particularly individuals of minority groups, fall outside of these limits. Hence, these at-risk patients are not being diagnosed early or getting the necessary preventative care. (Science Daily)

First Biodegradable Stent in Action: Cardiologists recently performed the first ever heart procedure with a biodegradable stent. Unlike the traditional metal stents that can trigger new disease, Abott Laboratories’ biodegradable stent, Absorb, is intended to dissolve within three years of its implantation. The stent is designed to fully repair the damaged blood vessels, minimizing the need for additional procedures. The stent was FDA approved early last week and is expected to result in long-term benefits for patients. (Wall Street Journal)

Telehealth Will Revolutionize Medicine, Says New England Journal of Medicine: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that telehealth will be the future of medicine, making healthcare more affordable and accessible. While telemedicine is currently being used in some high-tech and rural hospitals, telehealth will make virtual care a more regular occurrence through Skype appointments and app-enabled monitoring. (STAT News)

Anokhi Saklecha

Anokhi Saklecha

    Anokhi is an editorial intern at MedTech Boston and a student in the Medical Scholars program at the University of California, San Diego. She is extremely passionate about journalism and science and hopes to combine them in her future as a physician. In her free time, Anokhi loves dancing, baking, and hanging out with her friends.

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