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New Life: The Eleventh Circuit Turns Back ADA Challenge To Employer's Wellness Program - Employment and HR - United States

28 Aug 2012 - United States - Employment and HR - New Life: The Eleventh Circuit Turns Back ADA Challenge To Employer's Wellness Program - Littler Mendelson - An Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel recently held that a governmental employer's...
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Gina Capone: How Pregnancy with Diabetes Saved My Life : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

Gina Capone: How Pregnancy with Diabetes Saved My Life : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

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Diabetes Advocacy: CWD Conferences are THE BEST!

Diabetes Advocacy: CWD Conferences are THE BEST! | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

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You experience the person who walks up and says "My toiletries, which happened to contain my insulin, infusion sets, sensors, and reservoirs did not make it into my luggage." Before this person can ask if anyone has anything to spare, three people offer everything that they could possibly need to handle their diabetes for the weekend and everyone is able to enjoy the conference without a second thought.

You also get to see the smile on a mother's face who says "In my rush, I forgot to bring the gluten free snacks for my child but you have an entire buffet dedicated just to her needs! I don't need to worry about her at all!"....

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A Food Scale That Tells You More Than Just Weight - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words

A Food Scale That Tells You More Than Just Weight - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Last Christmas, my mom purchased the Eat Smart Nutrition Pro Scale for me to use while I cook. I have type 1 diabetes and need to know how many carbohydrates and grams of fiber are in each item of food I eat. So, when I'm cooking, especially with foods that don't have a nutrition label on the back of the package (mainly produce and protein), this handy-dandy nutrition scale solves all of my problems.

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Glucose Meter Accuracy Counts More -- and Less -- Than You Think

Glucose Meter Accuracy Counts More -- and Less -- Than You Think | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Home glucose meters can't compare to the standard lab test ("reference standard") they're measured against......

Recently I wrote a post asking, “Why Can’t Meters Tell Me My Blood Sugar?” It was prompted by checking my blood sugar on two different meters from two different companies, and to my surprise discovering the results were quite dissimilar.

I then did a home trial several times and each time saw different numbers pop up on different meters. I set off to find out why. I discovered why. I also discovered why meter accuracy is both more, and less, critical than we think.....

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A Father’s Love at the Heart of ‘Bionic Pancreas’ Project : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

A Father’s Love at the Heart of ‘Bionic Pancreas’ Project : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Even though Ed Damiano isn’t living with diabetes, he occasionally wears a continuous glucose monitor and two Tandem t:slim pumps, and he constantly has his eye on all the newest D-devices.

 

Sometimes his pumps are filled with saline and sometimes colored water, with blue liquid representing insulin and red standing in for fast-acting glucagon. The Boston researcher is wearing the devices in the name of his 13-year old son, David, diagnosed with type 1 more than a dozen years ago. But he’s also in it for the bigger diabetes community, as the diabetes devices represent the future of Damiano’s work on a “bionic” artificial pancreas that’s now moving into the key research period from clinical settings to the real world....

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Long Distance Runner Battles Diabetes On Cross Country Trek - CBS Denver

Long Distance Runner Battles Diabetes On Cross Country Trek - CBS Denver | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A long distance runner has made his way to Colorado on his quest to run all the way across the country while battling a chronic disease.
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TNF, BCG, and You and Me: An In-Depth Look at the Faustman Lab Research

TNF, BCG, and You and Me: An In-Depth Look at the Faustman Lab Research | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Author’s note: I believe there will be a cure for type 1 diabetes in my lifetime, and I believe it will come from exactly the sort of researcher that Dr. Faustman is—one who drives forward despite doubt from every corner. I also believe that the science and theory behind Faustman’s trials is solid. I don’t, however, think this particular BCG study is well-directed or analyzed, and I think if we want a cure, we have to do better. What follows, then, is not meant to crush anyone’s hopes for a cure, but rather to make sure that we diabetics are closely watching the science that can change our lives. Many of the statements below are my opinion only, and I am only a graduate student. Take it for what it’s worth.

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Is Stage-Specific Embryonic Antigen 4 a Marker for Human Ductal Stem/Progenitor Cells?

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The presence of pancreatic stem cells (PnSCs) has not been firmly demonstrated in the human or animal pancreas. Previous reports have suggested that ductal and acinar structures in the exocrine pancreas can be a potential source of progenitor cells. More recently, immature insulin precursors in the periphery of human islets have been found to self-replicate and differentiate to endocrine cells in vitro. Transplantation of these cells under the kidney capsule improves the diabetic state in mice. The controversy surrounding where PnSCs reside could be resolved if a specific marker were to be found that allowed their identification, purification, and directed differentiation to endocrine cells. We have identified in human pancreas cells positive for the stage-specific embryonic antigen 4 (SSEA4), a stem cell marker. These cells also express ductal, pancreatic progenitor, and stem cell protein markers. Interestingly, some of the SSEA4+ cells scattered in the ducts do not show a ductal cell phenotype. SSEA4+-sorted cells formed aggregate-like spheres in culture and robustly differentiated to pancreatic hormone-expressing cells in conditions of high glucose concentration and B27 supplementation. We hypothesize that SSEA4+ cells or a subpopulation of those cells residing in the pancreatic ducts may be the elusive PnSCs, and in this case, SSEA4 may represent a potential surface antigen marker for human PnSCs. The discovery of specific markers for the identification and purification of human PnSCs would greatly facilitate studies aimed at the expansion of these cells and the development of targeting tools for their potential induction to insulin-producing cells.

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Diabetic swims Channel – in town - News - Bognor Regis Observer

Diabetic swims Channel – in town - News - Bognor Regis Observer | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
DIABETIC Simon Smith has swum the English Channel without leaving Bognor Regis.
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Colleyville singer to appear on E!'s 'Opening Act' | Star-Telegram.com

Colleyville singer to appear on E!'s 'Opening Act' | Star-Telegram.com | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Tanner Patrick will appear on Monday's episode of the E! series that grooms undiscovered artists to be the openers for superstars.
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Pilots With Diabetes To Set National Speed Record - Children with Diabetes Forums

At 11 a.m. on Saturday 1 September 2012, six pilots with insulin treated diabetes will launch UK Diabetes Formation Flight from Nottingham Airport, aiming to set a new national formation speed record from Derby to Southampton and create history.

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Canada Requires All Food Labels to Declare Gluten, Other Allergens - Celiac.com

Canada Requires All Food Labels to Declare Gluten, Other Allergens - Celiac.com | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Since August 4th, 2012, Canadian Food Allergen Labeling Regulations require all food products containing gluten, or any of ten other major allergens, to clearly state their presence on the label.
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Glycemic Variation Increased in Nondiabetic Obese People : Clinical Endocrinology News

Glycemic Variation Increased in Nondiabetic Obese People : Clinical Endocrinology News | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
HOUSTON – Data from 42 morbidly obese people who applied to be on the television show "The Biggest Loser" showed significantly greater glycemic variability even without diabetes, compared with previous data on nondiabetic, normal-weight adults.
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An In-Depth Look at the Faustman Lab Research - Part 2

An In-Depth Look at the Faustman Lab Research - Part 2 | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Faustman holds that BCG vaccination's primary role in this case is to induce TNF-a expression...

 

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Why do I care so much? Why so much nit-picking over a single study? Well, to be honest, I care because other people care; Dr. Faustman, more than any other researcher in this space, seems to have a fan base that follows her every word. That is fine in theory, but we as a diabetic community should be pushing forward the best research and the best researchers so that we can reach a cure sooner, and so it pains me to see mediocre research lauded by the patient community.....

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Sensor detects glucose in saliva and tears for diabetes testing

Sensor detects glucose in saliva and tears for diabetes testing | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

..."These are the first findings to report such a low sensing limit and, at the same time, such a wide sensing range," he said.

The sensor is able to distinguish between glucose and signals from other compounds that often cause interference in sensors: uric acid, ascorbic acid and acetaminophen, which are commonly found in the blood. Unlike glucose, those compounds are said to be electroactive, which means they generate an electrical signal without the presence of an enzyme.

Glucose by itself doesn't generate a signal but must first react with the enzyme glucose oxidase. Glucose oxidase is used in commercial diabetes test strips for conventional diabetes meters that measure glucose with a finger pinprick....

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Experimental Combo Treatment Worsens Type 1 Diabetes --Doctors Lounge

Experimental Combo Treatment Worsens Type 1 Diabetes --Doctors Lounge | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

..."Thus, rapamycin/IL-2 therapy boosted regulatory T cells, but also promoted a proinflammatory environment that may have resulted in transient β-cell dysfunction," Long and colleagues conclude. "Such results highlight the difficulties in translating therapies to the clinic and emphasize the importance of broadly interrogating the immune system to evaluate the effects of therapy."

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Tournament to raise money for diabetes research | News | Tillsonburg News

Tournament to raise money for diabetes research | News | Tillsonburg News | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

For years, he played baseball with the Woodstock Wranglers and hockey in the Woodstock Minor Hockey system.

MacDonald continued to love both sports until he suddenly passed away Feb. 4, 2012 from complications with Type 1 diabetes at 18-years-old.

“We had seen him the day before and he was happy and seemed to be okay,” Adam Gignac, who was MacDonald’s uncle, said. “It was pretty sudden.”

MacDonald had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was six-years-old and although he had been in the hospital in December 2011, was healthy.

It was with MacDonald’s legacy in mind that Gignac and his wife Brittani began organizing the Justin MacDonald Memorial Road Hockey Tournament Sept. 1 in Tillsonburg at Glendale High School, with registration ending this Saturday....

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The Take -- The Power of Big Data (ep. 6)

Starts at minute 6:05 Extreme athlete and type 1 diabetic, Sebastien Sasseville has faced his share of challenges in life...from summiting Mt. Everest to competing in Iron Man Triathlons. Now with the help of Big Data gathered from multiple biometric sensors, Sasseville is in training for his most grueling test ever...a seven day foot race across the Sahara desert.

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D.C. allows non-nurses to treat diabetic students after incident | WashingtonExaminer.com

D.C. allows non-nurses to treat diabetic students after incident | WashingtonExaminer.com | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
D.C. officials introduced emergency guidelines to allow any school staff with the proper training to give medicine to students with diabetes or asthma.
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Sernova Corp. - Home Page - Thu Aug 23, 2012

Sernova Corp. - Home Page - Thu Aug 23, 2012 | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

...Sernova, is developing two novel closely integrated proprietary platform technologies. The first is the Cell Pouch System™, a scalable device providing a natural "organ-like" environment for therapeutic cells such as insulin producing islets for diabetics and the second is Sertolin™, a cell-based technology providing an immune-privileged environment for donor cells, reducing or eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs.

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Scotland scores world first with online diabetes self-monitoring service - NEWS - articles - Pharmaceutical Industry - PMLiVE

Scotland scores world first with online diabetes self-monitoring service - NEWS - articles - Pharmaceutical Industry - PMLiVE | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical Industry | NEWS | | Scotland scores world first with online diabetes self-monitoring service - My Diabetes My Way also offers patients a range of educational tools, resources and games | PMLiVE...
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Eco-friendly diabetes monitor sets tone for medical devices | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England

Eco-friendly diabetes monitor sets tone for medical devices | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A blood glucose monitor concept for diabetics that has a third of the environmental impact of traditional devices has been developed by UK tech design hothouse, Cambridge Consultants.
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