Seeing Glucose

Seeing Glucose

Whether flesh and blood or plastic and silicon; the cure for late stage diabetics will be a new pancreas. How to build a mechanical version is the question addressed in a recent review by M. Hoshino and colleagues. We refer … Read more

Dangers from Without and Within

Dangers from Without and Within

“I’ve always understood that the job of insulin was to move glucose from the blood into the cell, which is why in the absence of sufficient insulin, glucose ends up hanging out in the blood, picking fights and causing trouble. So … Read more

“Some of my best friends are…”

“Some of my best friends are…”

Recently I ran into an old acquaintance of mine at the theater and he told me he heard from a mutual friend that I had written “some stuff on some diabetes blog,” and he checked it out.  He was amazed. … Read more

School Nurse Shortages and More Diabetic Kids

School Nurse Shortages and More Diabetic Kids

I just saw an article in USA Today about how the school nurse shortage is affecting kids with diabetes and it made me very grateful, as I always am, that I wasn’t diagnosed with this disease till I was 22. … Read more

Byetta Approved As Standalone Treatment in Type 2

Byetta Approved As Standalone Treatment in Type 2

According to this press release, Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc — the same company that makes my beloved, nauseating Symlin — just got FDA approval to sell its Byetta drug as a standalone medication to improve glycemic control in Type 2. I … Read more

Stem Cell Therapy For Diabetes: UCSF and Novocell Receive a Huge New Grant

Stem Cell Therapy For Diabetes:  UCSF and Novocell Receive a Huge New Grant

I just got word that a company named Novocell and a team of researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), headed by Jeffrey Bluestone, have received a huge grant for work on a cellular therapy for diabetes. How … Read more

Diabetic Flu Shots, Revisited

Diabetic Flu Shots, Revisited

Just another reminder that if you’ve got diabetes (or even if you don’t), you really should get a flu shot — and as I noted in a previous post, that really means two shots:  the regular flu shot, which you … Read more

Pancreatic Karoshi

Pancreatic Karoshi

Japan is one of the few countries that actually publishes the number of people who die suddenly on the job. Their name for it is karoshi: death by overwork. In the later stages of type 2 diabetes, the endocrine pancreas … Read more

The Biggest Diabetic Loser

The Biggest Diabetic Loser

We just got word that Kim Lyons, the trainer on the NBC series The Biggest Loser is launching a 3-DVD set of exercise videos geared toward Type 2 diabetics. To quote from the press release: The DVD series is a … Read more

Daddy Is Dope

Daddy Is Dope

Did I mention I have 2-year old twins?  Well, I do.  I feel very lucky.   I’ve got the kids a lot during the week because I’m a freelancer and a proud PTSAHD (part-time-stay-at-home-dad).  Amongst the diaper-changing-in-the-park and not-letting-them-run-into-the-street duties, I … Read more

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