Even if the percentage of Americans who are obese stays the same, diabetes cases will nearly double in the U.S. in the next 25 years and the cost of treating the disease will almost triple, according to a new study by researchers based at the University of Chicago. The study, published Friday in the journal Diabetes Care, found the number of people with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes will climb from almost 24 million this year to about 44 million in 2034. Over the same period, annual diabetes-related treatment costs are expected to increase from $113 billion to $336 billion in 2007 dollars. Medicare spending on diabetes is expected to jump from $45 billion to $171 billion and could exceed current projections for all Medicare costs, the researchers said. Much of the increase in cases and costs will be driven by aging baby boomers.
Governor's wronged wife builds own career
As the political standing of Gov. Mark Sanford continues to crumble, the career of his wife, Jenny Sanford, seems to be taking off. She is writing a memoir, has applied to trademark her own name in order to sell clothing, mugs and other items, and will appear next month on a Barbara Walters special on ABC as one of the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2009." She has set up a privately financed personal Web site, JennySanford.com, complete with news releases and photographs. Some politicians and experts believe she may run for office. They note that she has served as campaign manager during her husband's races and acted as de facto chief of staff briefly in his first term.
Acorn can be paid, Justice official says
The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing funds to the group. The department's conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group's activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it.
Bloomberg spent $102M to win 3rd term
A finance report shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $102 million to narrowly win election to a third term. The finance report filed Friday indicates it was the most expensive self-financed campaign in U.S. history. Bloomberg beat challenger William Thompson by a tighter-than-expected margin of 5 points. Bloomberg broke his own records of $85.1 million in 2005 and $74 million in 2001. Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $17.5 billion.
Cleveland: Consumer activist and Connecticut native Ralph Nader said Friday he is "absorbing" the reaction he's receiving about a possible bid for the U.S. Senate, saying he wants to first gauge the level of grassroots support before making a decision.
New York: Members of America's oldest Protestant church — Collegiate Church, formerly the First Dutch Reform Church — apologized, for the first time, for the massacre and displacement of Native Americans 400 years ago.