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from the washington post today:

"One week after U.S. researchers announced that pushing down blood sugar levels as close as possible to normal might be dangerous for high-risk diabetes patients, a preliminary analysis of a similar international study has found no such risk.

The seemingly conflicting findings, released yesterday, stoked the uncertainty about the best strategy for treating Type 2 diabetes, one of the most common health problems in the United States and elsewhere.

"This unfortunately just makes things more confusing," said Richard Kahn of the American Diabetes Association. "I think patients will be confused. I think doctors will be confused. So I think the message is: 'Don't do anything until we get this sorted out.' "

Federal health officials said there is a variety of possible explanations for the differing findings, and they planned to meet with their counterparts at the international study to try to explain the results.

"Hopefully when we sit down and look at the data, we'll come up with some mutual conclusions," said Denise Simons-Morton of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. ......"
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