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Johns Hopkins: Doctoral Student’s Abstract Wins First Place at Heart in Diabetes Conference

Ms. Olive Tang, a doctoral student in the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, received First Place for her presentation and abstract—“Association of High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T and I with Comorbidities and All-Cause Mortality in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes”— at the third annual Heart in Diabetes conference in Philadelphia, PA, July 12-14. Her adviser is Dr. Elizabeth Selvin, professor in the department of epidemiology.

The best approach to diabetes care in older adults is not clear. A new test called high-sensitivity troponin can detect early damage to the heart, even in persons with no signs or symptoms of heart disease. Ms. Tang and her colleagues conducted a study to examine whether the high-sensitivity troponin test could identify older adults with diabetes at high short-term risk of death. The researchers found that this test accurately identified people with very high mortality risk, and concluded that the high-sensitivity troponin test could be used to guide care and decisions regarding which medication to choose in older adults with diabetes.

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