CA Access News

November 2011


In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


Innovate California
A symposium on medical innovation

The Innovate California symposium on medical innovation will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The theme of the symposium is "Challenges & Opportunities in American Medical Innovation: California's Leadership Role in Creating Jobs & Improving Health in the 21st Century."

The forum will feature two dynamic panel discussions among federal and state leaders to discuss the role that biopharmaceuticals and life sciences play in the national and state economy. We will examine current issues, challenges and opportunities facing the United States, California and the medical innovation sector as it relates to jobs, patient health and the American economy.

The keynote speakers will be The Honorable Dick Gephardt, former House Majority Leader, and The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California. Paul Begala, national commentator and political strategist, will be the event facilitator.

To learn more and register go to Please share with interested parties. RSVP is requested by Thursday, December 8, 2011.

Partner Spotlight

Stop DiabetesRaise Your Hand to Stop Diabetes This November

During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association is encouraging people to take action and raising their hand to Stop Diabetes. There are many ways to becoming involved by visiting,, calling 1-800-DIABETES, or texting JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply).

Locally, Sacramento has created a risk awareness campaign and have challenged 14,000 people to take a diabetes risk screen test. You can take a risk test at Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.



Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

Vegetarian Diet, Exercise, Reduces Diabetes Risk In African Americans
Medical News Today, November 3, 2011

New research published recently suggests that following a vegetarian diet and exercising at least three times a week significantly reduces the risk of diabetes among African Americans, who are normally twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. The study, led by Dr Serena Tonstad, a professor at Loma Linda University in California, is available in the October edition of Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

Tonstad and colleagues found that compared to non-vegetarian blacks, vegan blacks (vegans eat no animal products at all, including eggs and dairy) had a 70% reduced risk of diabetes, and vegetarian blacks (those who don't eat meat but do eat eggs and dairy) had a 53% reduced risk.

They also found that blacks who exercised three or more times a week compared to once a week or not at all, had a 35% reduced risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. Read more

Take Diabetes Seriously
By Lois M. Collins, Catskill Daily Mail, November 5, 2011

Nearly 26 million children and adults in America are living with diabetes. Another 79 million are at high risk for developing this devastating disease.

Diabetes takes a physical, emotional and financial toll on patients, family members and the nation as a whole.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it's time to educate those who still don't consider it a serious matter. Read more

Banning Sugary Soda From Schools Fails to Cut Teen Consumption
By Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg, November 7, 2011

Banning sugar-filled sodas from American schools as an effort to combat childhood obesity doesn't reduce overall consumption levels of sweetened beverages, research found.

In U.S. states that banned only soda, about 30 percent of middle-school students still purchased sugary drinks like sports and fruit beverages at school, similar to states that had no policy, according to a study released online today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In states that banned all sugar-sweetened beverages, students still consumed the drinks outside of school, the researchers said.

Over the past 25 years, children have gotten more of their calories from sugary beverages and consumption of the drinks has been associated with childhood obesity and weight gain, the authors said. Today's study is the first to look at whether efforts by states to curb these drinks really works, said Daniel Taber, the lead study author. Read more

Interesting Information

1 in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030
Associated Press, November 14, 2011

The International Diabetes Federation predicts that at least one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to its latest statistics.

In a report issued on Monday, the advocacy group estimated that 552 million people could have diabetes in two decades' time based on factors like aging and demographic changes. Currently, the group says that about one adult in 13 has diabetes.

The figure includes both types of diabetes as well as cases that are undiagnosed. The group expects the number of cases to jump by 90 percent even in Africa, where infectious diseases have previously been the top killer. Without including the impact of increasing obesity, the International Diabetes Federation said its figures were conservative.

According to the World Health Organization, there are about 346 million people worldwide with diabetes, with more than 80 percent of deaths occurring in developing countries. The agency projects diabetes deaths will double by 2030 and said the International Diabetes Federation's prediction was possible. Read more


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