How the New York Times Could – And Should – Use Engaged Patients to Revolutionize Medical Reporting

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The New York Times is one of the most respected and trusted papers in the country. It has the ability to affect policy and guide public conversation – and, in the case of healthcare issues, to influence both treatment decisions by doctors, and coverage decisions by private and public insurers. As a result, the Times has a moral responsibility to get every detail right. And if it doesn’t get things right, it needs to correct its mistakes. Read... Read more

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us (Book Review)

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Carpenter traces the world history of caffeine, which is foundation for his argument that we have been hooked for a long, long time. The first documented habitual use has been traced to the Soconusco region of Mexico, a sweltering, rainy plain region along the Pacific coast. Archaeological evidence 3,500 years old indicates that the Izapans, Mayans, and Aztecs relied on chocolate in ceremonies (including human sacrifice), as currency, and in warfare. Read more

Balancing Diabetes: A Conversation with Kerri Sparling

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When Kerri Sparling first started her blog Six Until Me in 2005, she was sharing her struggles about living with diabetes. She wanted to have conversations with people who could offer advice and perspective into living a full life with diabetes. Nearly … Read more

The Cost of Staying Alive with Diabetes: A Response to the New York Times

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Like many other people with diabetes, I had a complicated reaction to the recent story in the New York Times, “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills,” by Elisabeth Rosenthal about the high costs of diabetes care in the United States. At first, I was excited: Type 1 diabetes above the fold? Read more

The HbA1c Teaching Model: Making Diabetes Education Tangible

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That’s why when I heard about Casey Steffen’s HbA1c teaching model, I was instantly intrigued. It is a scientific model of a HbA1c protein that is tangible so people with diabetes and health care professionals can see what protein glycation looks like. This description made me want to learn more, so I spoke with Steffen, who demonstrated a great deal of passion in launching this diabetes education crowdfunding initiative. Read more

Diabetes in Fiction: Good Like This by Peter Arpesella

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My superpower is to be healthy and constantly in touch with myself. Diabetes is a built-in mechanism that requires me to be honest with myself. I can’t be in denial. I can make mistakes, of course, because I am a human being. But I cannot be in denial. Read more

Stop Competitive Bidding for Insulin Pumps

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We in the diabetes community need to speak out to argue that a. insulin pumps should be removed from competitive bidding and b. that if they remain in the competitive bidding program, CMS must use a different process to determine reimbursement rates, so that cost-saving does not stifle innovation. Read more

The Three Year Diabetes Honeymoon – Part 2

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When I called his doctors and told them he hadn’t been taking insulin for a couple of weeks, they said, give him a half unit of Lantus anyway, because it is very important for him psychologically. He is only five years old, the honeymoon will last probably only a couple of weeks, they told me, and for him it will be very hard emotionally to get back on insulin. Read more

The Three Year Diabetes Honeymoon

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My husband found a case study about a boy diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Denmark who had gone on a gluten-free diet after diagnosis and, sixteen months in, had an A1C of below six percent, with no daily insulin therapy. Read more
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