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Morbility and Mortality Weekly Report Web Site Link
Synopsis for November 22, 2006

The MMWR is embargoed until Thursday, 12 PM EST.

  1. Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims – 13 States, 2004
  2. Improvement in Lipid and Glycated Hemoglobin Control among Blacks with Type 2 Diabetes in Two Communities – North Carolina, 1997-2004
  3. Disparities in Diabetes-Related Amputations Along the Texas-Mexico Border – United States, 2003
There will be no MMWR telebriefing scheduled for
November 24, 2006

Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims – 13 States, 2004

No Summary Available

Improvement in Lipid and Glycated Hemoglobin Control among Blacks with Type 2 Diabetes in Two Communities – North Carolina, 1997-2004

No Summary Available

Disparities in Diabetes-Related Amputations Along the Texas-Mexico Border – United States, 2003

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Controlling blood-glucose levels, performing daily foot care, having regular foot examinations and doctor visits, and using appropriate footwear can prevent diabetes-related amputations. Rates of diabetes-related amputations are higher along the Texas-Mexico border, especially among men, and greater community outreach to improve access to diabetes education and care along the border is needed to help reduce the disparity. People along the Texas-Mexico border experience many barriers to health care, which might be contributing to higher rates of diabetes-related amputations compared to the rest of Texas. This study looked at hospital discharges for diabetes-related amputations in Texas and compared rates in border and non-border counties. The results demonstrated that rates in the population along the border were almost double the rate in non-border counties. Among persons with diabetes, the disparity was primarily among men aged 45 years and older. Greater community outreach to improve access to care and diabetes education along the border is needed to decrease the burden.

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