UW News

December 4, 2003

Health Sciences News Briefs

Coffee, tea, or surgery?
A special celebration on Monday, Dec. 1, marked the formal opening of two new beverage and snack services in UW Medical Center’s Surgery Pavilion. Pavilion Espresson on the first floor is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.. They serve a variety of pastries and snacks, in addition to coffee. The Tea Room at the Pavilion is in the third floor lobby area, and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering items such as fruit juices and sushi, along with various teas. The Tea Room will award a prize to its 100th customer.

Type 2 diabetes study
UW researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in a research program for people with Type 2 diabetes. The study, known as ACCORD, for Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes, is for men and women over age 55, or people over age 40 who have a previous history of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event; high blood sugar; and hypertension or high blood cholesterol. Participants will receive diabetes medications and either blood pressure or cholesterol medications at no cost, as well as a Precision Xtra glucometer with testing supplies, access to a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator and expert medical care. The goal is to reduce the risk of people with Type 2 diabetes developing heart disease. Their risk currently stands at two to four times that of their non-diabetic peers. For more information on the ACCORD study, call (206) 598-8150 or send an e-mail message to accord@fammed.washington.edu.