UIC gets a $3 million grant for diabetes research

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Uncontrolled diabetes is a problem for some blacks and Latinos, and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have received a federal grant to study ways to fix it.

CHICAGO (AP) — Uncontrolled diabetes is a problem for some blacks and Latinos, and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have received a federal grant to study ways to fix it. The $3 million funding will pay for research on whether help from lay health workers will make it easier for these patients to manage their disease. The researchers will assign patients to two groups. Both will get diabetes assistance from a clinic-based pharmacist. One group will get additional help from a health advocate for things like cultural and language barriers. It will be phased out, then offered to the second group. The study will examine if the extra support helps patients properly use their medicine and avoid heading to emergency rooms and clinics for treatment. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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