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How The System Failed Teen Who Starved To Death

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Provincial leaders from both Alberta and British Columbia say changes are needed after the parents of a 15-year-old boy who died of untreated diabetes were charged with his murder. Alex Radita died last May after he was found severely emaciated and confined to his bed. Police have charged his parents Rodica and Emil Radita with first-degree murder. While the courts will decide on the parents' level of responsibility, it seems as though several systems across two provinces failed the teen along the way. Alex was diagnosed with diabetes as toddler. But the Raditas had a history of not treating their son's diabetes when they lived in B.C., according to a court document obtained by CBC News. His condition landed him in the hospital several times when he was younger. Child services in B.C. even seized Alex when he was four after he was admitted to hospital in grave condition. Returned to family despite concerns Alex was kept in provincial care for a year before a judge ordered that he be returned to his family — a ruling made despite his social worker's fight to have him permanently removed from their care. "The social workers and the Ministry of Child Development did all the right things; they brought the child into care, they kept the child in care and they advocated for the child coming under continuing care order," said B.C. social worker union spokesperson Doug Kinna. "The judge overruled that and returned the child.... It's a poor decision by the judge, I would say." After he was returned to his family, the Raditas moved to Alberta. His parents never took him to a doctor in the province. He was home schooled and kept behind closed doors. Nobody in Alberta was alerted to the fact that the Raditas failed to treat their son's condition in the past. "They can just disappear if they're not in touch with any of the other social service agencies," said Kinna. "You can put an alert on the file but if they don't come to someone's attention and they stay low to the ground, you're not going to be able to find them." He says it's too easy for families to fly under the radar of provincial protection agencies. Jurisdiction issues "Once a child moves to another jurisdiction, that jurisdiction then assumes responsibility for any child protection services," said a spokesperson from the British Columbia ministry of Children and Family Development. Much of the same story came from Alberta's Child Advocate's office. "We don't have jurisdiction to investigate because the young person was not involved in the child intervention system in Alberta, so was not known to us," wrote a communications spokesperson. B.C.'s Children and Youth Advocate wouldn't comment, but Alberta's Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar said protecting children should come before privacy concerns. "We need to make sure people are sharing information — whether that's community, agencies, governments — that needs to happen," he said. "Governments are bound to share information on open files but maybe we lower the threshold and it's not just open files but files that were open a year ago or two years ago." The education system also wasn't checking on Alex Radita. According to Alberta Education, a teacher checks on children who are home schooled twice a year but not necessarily in the home.  Need for continued oversight Bhullar said the main question is how long provinces should share information after the file is closed. He is calling on child welfare directors from across the country to address the issue. "(They) need to say, 'How do we make sure people don't use a move (moving from one jurisdiction to another) as a way to get out of involvement with the child intervention system?'" The minister says closed files are the issue because once a family's file in one province is concluded there is no inter-jurisdiction communication. "These are very significant conversations, these are very significant policy issues," he said.  "There still needs to be continuing oversight."  B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government is doing what it can to protect children who find themselves in a similar situation, but she did not say whether an investigation would be launched. "We don't know all the details yet, [but] we absolutely have to determine how those things happened.
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SYSTEM STILL FAILING CHILDREN TO DEATH! WHY?

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NIH Commits $15 Million to Fund Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Research

NIH Commits $15 Million to Fund Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Research | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Grant will fund up to five projects focused on genetic risk for type 1 diabetes.
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Binghamton University develops 3D printing process to cure diabetes and other preventable diseases

Binghamton University develops 3D printing process to cure diabetes and other preventable diseases | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from the Binghamton University in New York State are being very ambitious by developing a 3D printing process that could be used to cure a number of preventable diseases such as diabetes.
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Unilife Introduces World’s First Instant Patch Pump for Insulin | Medgadget

Unilife Introduces World’s First Instant Patch Pump for Insulin | Medgadget | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Unilife Corporation (NASDAQ: UNIS and ASX: UNS), a developer, manufacturer and supplier of injectable drug delivery systems, today announced the introducti
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DKA -- REALLY NEED YOUR HELP--WE NEED VITAL INFORMATION--FROM EVERY STATE.

DKA -- REALLY NEED YOUR HELP--WE NEED VITAL INFORMATION--FROM EVERY STATE. | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
DKA — REALLY NEED YOUR HELP–WE NEED VITAL INFORMATION–FROM EVERY STATE.
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New laser device spells end for diabetic finger pricking - The Times of India

New laser device spells end for diabetic finger pricking - The Times of India | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A new technology developed by an Indian-origin scientist, which uses a laser device may be able to non-invasively monitor blood glucose levels and eliminate the need for daily finger pricking for diabetics.
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Alefacept preserves beta cell function in some new-onset type 1 diabetes patients

Alefacept preserves beta cell function in some new-onset type 1 diabetes patients | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Individuals with new-onset type 1 diabetes who took two courses of alefacept (Amevive, Astellas Pharma Inc.) soon after diagnosis show preserved beta cell function after two years compared to those who received a placebo. The positive results of the Immune Tolerance Network's T1DAL study [Inducing Remission in New Onset T1DM with Alefacept (Amevive)], led by Mark Rigby, MD, PhD, of Indiana University were published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
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BRI’s Carla Greenbaum, MD, Named Chair of Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet

Carla J. Greenbaum, MD, has been named chair of Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical trial network for type 1 diabetes prevention and early treatment.
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The role of markers of low-grade inflammation for the early time course of glycemic control, glucose disappearance rate, and β-cell function in recently diagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes

The role of markers of low-grade inflammation for the early time course of glycemic control, glucose disappearance rate, and β-cell function in recently diagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Endocrinology Article: The role of markers of low-grade inflammation for the early time course of glycemic control, glucose disappearance rate, and β-cell function in recently diagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes...
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Sernova Corp. Announces Collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital to Develop Novel Diabetes Treatment with Funding Support from JDRF

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With $10 Million In Seed, Sano Is Building A Metabolic Health Tracker

With $10 Million In Seed, Sano Is Building A Metabolic Health Tracker | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Pushpala says that Sano’s first product, slated for launch early next year, is a wearable device that continuously monitors blood glucose level in a completely painless manner.
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Update: Practical Cure Research in Human Trials

Update: Practical Cure Research in Human Trials | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Updated List of Practical Cure Research
in Human Clinical Trials
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Will Medtronic’s MiniMed 640 Pump Glitch affect its PMA Status? - Legal Reader

Will Medtronic’s MiniMed 640 Pump Glitch affect its PMA Status? - Legal Reader | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Medtronic issued letters to nearly 2,000 owners of the MiniMed 640 and 620 insulin pumps in Europe, warning of a potential glitch in the reading mechanism.
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ViaCyte Announces Second Clinical Trial Site at University of Alberta

ViaCyte Announces Second Clinical Trial Site at University of Alberta | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Dr. James Shapiro, who led the team that developed the
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The Bionic Pancreas | Edward Damiano | TEDxSacramento - YouTube

As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, Dr. Edward Damiano knows first hand the dangers of this disease. After nearly two decades of research, he has de...
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Binghamton University researchers creating 3-D printing process to help treat incurable diseases

A team of Binghamton University researchers are creating a 3-D printing process to build implantable tissues and organs to treat otherwise incurable diseases.
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Laser Diabetes Monitor Could Put An End To Finger Pricking

A laser device under development at Britain's University of Leeds could take the pain out of testing blood sugar levels.
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Glucagon through a Patch? A New Approach in Development to Address Severe Hypoglycemia

Glucagon through a Patch? A New Approach in Development to Address Severe Hypoglycemia | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
When might glucagon kits be replaced with easier alternatives?
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Should We Prescribe Vitamin D to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Should We Prescribe Vitamin D to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Should We Prescribe Vitamin D to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
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Simple blood test could detect early stages of type 1 diabetes - News-Medical.net

Scientists at the MRC's Clinical Sciences Centre in West London are the first to show that a small molecule circulates in the blood of people who are in the early stages of type 1 diabetes.
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Live Cell Encapsulation Technology - PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc.

Live Cell Encapsulation Technology - PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
The Cell-in-a-Box® live cell encapsulation technology employed by PharmaCyte Biotech is a “platform” upon which treatments for different diseases may be built.  This technology encloses living cells in protective “cocoons” or “capsules” about the size of the head of a pin.  The live cells inside the Cell-in-a-Box® capsules are nourished and thrive while the capsules
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Treatment of diabetes with encapsulated pig islets: an update on current developments

Treatment of diabetes with encapsulated pig islets: an update on current developments | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
The potential use of allogeneic islet transplantation in curing type 1 diabetes mellitus has been adequately demonstrated, but its large-scale application is limited by the short supply of donor islets and the need for sustained and heavy immunosuppressive ...
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Older insulins may be option for uninsured patients with diabetes

Older insulins may be option for uninsured patients with diabetes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Older insulins may be option for uninsured patients with diabetes
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We need the government to subsidize newer insulins - why should people suffer without insurance in 2015?

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Paediatric outpatient study compares effectiveness of three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes

Paediatric outpatient study compares effectiveness of three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
no participant using the dual-hormone system experienced a nocturnal hypoglycaemia event requiring treatment,"
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