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Congress extends diabetes trials

The government is to continue a program worth $150 million a year that funds clinical trials on diabetes for a further two years, following the approval of president Barack Obama.

Established in 1997, the Special Diabetes Program funds research on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Native American populations, through the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diabetes research advocacy group JDRF said the initiative supports one-third of all federally-funded Type 1 clinical trials in the US. Reauthorization to continue the program came as part of a larger, $200-billion bill that addressed Medicare payments and other healthcare issues.

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