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National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

...Corresponding authors: Linda Haas, linda.haas@va.gov, and Melinda Maryniuk, melinda.maryniuk@joslin.harvard.edu.
By the most recent estimates, 18.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes and an additional 7 million are believed to be living with undiagnosed diabetes. At the same time, 79 million people are estimated to have blood glucose levels in the range of prediabetes or categories of increased risk for diabetes. Thus, more than 100 million Americans are at risk for developing the devastating complications of diabetes (1).

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Blood Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes With a Bihormonal Bionic Endocrine Pancreas

I super appreciate the work of Firas H. El-Khatib and Ed Damiano et al!  

 

...CONCLUSIONS A bihormonal bionic endocrine pancreas achieved excellent glycemic control with minimal hypoglycemia over the course of two days of continuous use despite high-carbohydrate meals and exercise. A trial testing a wearable version of the system under free-living conditions is justified.

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Ellen's Diabetes Advocacy Awareness Month Video November 2010

Diabetes advocacy - including how you can get involved in increasing awareness about all types of diabetes and funding cure-focused research too. Although my...
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Spelman College chooses fitness over athletics

Spelman College chooses fitness over athletics | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy....

At Spelman, the wellness initiative includes spending money to help renovate the school's Read Hall, which was built in the 1950s, to make it a state-of-the-art fitness facility, with expanded hours and programs.

"We are trying to meet students where they are in terms of their interest, but also helping them understand that the elements of wellness ... are the kinds of things that are going to help them avoid the kinds of illnesses that are killing African-American women far too early," Tatum said.

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sum musings | diaTribe @diatribenews @sixuntilme

sum musings | diaTribe @diatribenews @sixuntilme | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

My diabetes community was once limited to whom my mom knew or where our car could drive to. And growing up in a small town in America’s smallest state of Rhode Island, my access to others who had diabetes, or who even had a cursory familiarity with it, was scarce. My parents sent me to a special summer camp for kids with diabetes, but those twelve days weren’t enough to make me feel like I was part of a team.

Enter: The Internet......

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Article > Dompe puts type 1 diabetes drug into Phase III

Article > Dompe puts type 1 diabetes drug into Phase III | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

...The compound, a selective chemokine interleukin-8 inhibitor, has shown to improve the efficacy of transplantation of insulin-producing pancreatic islets, which Dompe says is "the new frontier in type 1 diabetes". The Phase III trial will be conducted in 10 centres in Europe and the USA on some 60 patients, which the Milan-headquartered company notes is half the total number of patients undergoing allogeneic pancreatic islet transplantation worldwide....

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Skin and subcutaneous thickness at injecting sites in children with diabetes: ultrasound findings and recommendations for giving injection - Lo Presti - 2012 - Pediatric Diabetes - Wiley Online Lib...

Skin and subcutaneous thickness at injecting sites in children with diabetes: ultrasound findings and recommendations for giving injection - Lo Presti - 2012 - Pediatric Diabetes - Wiley Online Lib... | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

...Conclusions
It seems medically appropriate for all children to use short needles where possible to minimize inadvertent IM injections which may increase glycemic variability. Currently, the safest needle for all children appears to be the 4-mm pen needle. However, when used in children aged 2–6 yr, it should be used with a pinched skin fold.

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C8 Non-Invasive Optical Glucose Monitor System Cleared for Sale in Europe (VIDEO)

C8 Non-Invasive Optical Glucose Monitor System Cleared for Sale in Europe (VIDEO) | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
C8 MediSensors, a San Jose, California company, maybe making a bit of history by  receiving the European CE Mark for their Optical Glucose Monitor Sys...
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Recognition for decades spent living with diabetes - ABC Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Recognition for decades spent living with diabetes - ABC Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Recognition for decades spent living with diabetes
29 October 2012 , 10:21 AM by Jacquie Mackay

onclick="window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false" href="http://blogs.abc.net.au/.a/6a00e0097e4e688833017c32e386d9970b-popup">Back in the 1950s when Janet Duncanson and Mervyn Beckett were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as children, they were both incredibly ill and lucky to be diagnosed when they were.

Now some 60 years on for Janet and 54 years on for Mervyn, they look back on the decades they've lived with their chronic disease and appreciate just how much has changed.

On Friday they were both recognised by Diabetes Queensland with Kellion awards for mark their personal triumphs in leading healthy and active lives with the disease.

Michelle Trute the CEO of Diabetes Queensland says sadly though we are seeing many many more people being diagnosed in the area.

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Flying With Diabetes

The video highlights Douglas Cairns' flying projects in the USA and to the North Pole to raise awareness of diabetes and efforts by www.pilotswithdiabetes.co...
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Bayer cancels diabetes device unit sale: paper

Bayer cancels diabetes device unit sale: paper | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer AG has called off the sale of its blood glucose meters business for now, Financial Times Deutschland reported, citing industry and financial sources.According to the paper,...
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Hyaluronidase + Insulin Formulation Cuts Postprandial Glucose Excursions : Family Practice News

Hyaluronidase + Insulin Formulation Cuts Postprandial Glucose Excursions : Family Practice News | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
BERLIN – Bolus, mealtime dosages of a new formulation of insulin paired with recombinant human hyaluronidase to speed insulin’s absorption and action led to significantly reduced postprandial, glycemic excursions in a randomized study of 113...
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ViaCyte gets funding for potential diabetes cure

ViaCyte gets funding for potential diabetes cure | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
San Diego-based ViaCyte Inc. received a $10.1 million grant from California's stem cell agency to prepare for clinical trials of a living artificial pancreas for diabetics.
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Opportunities and Challenges for Biosimilars: What's on the Horizon in the Global Insulin Market?

Opportunities and Challenges for Biosimilars: What's on the Horizon in the Global Insulin Market?
Lisa S. Rotenstein, BA, Nina Ran, BA, Joseph P. Shivers, BA, Mark Yarchoan, MD and Kelly L. Close, MBA

 

Biosimilar insulins are likely to enter the insulin landscape as patents for major branded insulin products start to expire in the next few years. Biosimilar insulins have the potential to reduce diabetes treatment costs, increase the accessibility of insulin treatment, and expand the number of insulin brands available for those with diabetes. However, they will have to overcome numerous regulatory hurdles, meet a variety of commercial demands, and effectively confront competition from both established and next-generation branded insulin products before they can succeed on the global market.....

 

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My Diagnosis Story by @mrmikelawson

I made this video for a presentation at a conference of healthcare professionals that describes my mis-diagnosis.
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Cupertino: Short film details life with type 1 diabetes - San Jose Mercury News

Cupertino: Short film details life with type 1 diabetes - San Jose Mercury News | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Learning to live with type 1 diabetes and caring for someone with the condition can be a world-altering reality to start.
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Diabetes Death Rates Among Youths Aged ≤19 Years — United States, 1968–2009

...From 1968–1969 to 2008–2009, the death rate from diabetes among youths aged ≤19 years decreased 61%, from 2.69 per million to 1.05 per million (Table). The death rate among youths aged <10 years decreased 78%, from 1.80 per million to 0.39 per million, and the death rate among youths aged 10–19 years decreased 52%, from 3.56 per million to 1.71 per million.

The trends for diabetes death rates for youths aged <10 years and youths aged 10–19 years indicate different patterns of decrease (Figure). For youths aged <10 years, a steady decrease in diabetes death rates was observed from 1968 to 1995, with an APC of -5.7 (CI = -6.6 to -4.7). However, from 1995 to 2009, the APC was -0.3 (CI = -3.5 to 4.3). For youths aged 10–19 years, a decrease in diabetes death rates occurred from 1968 to 1984, with an APC of -6.5 (CI = -7.9 to -5.1), followed by an increase in rates with an APC of 1.6 (CI = 0.8 to 2.4) from 1984 to 2009....

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test drive | diaTribe - Dexcom's G4 Platinum CGM

test drive | diaTribe - Dexcom's G4 Platinum CGM | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Although the FDA first approved personal CGM over a decade ago (Cygnus’ GlucoWatch in 2001), a new device for personal use has not been approved since Dexcom’s Seven Plus in 2009. Encouragingly, the FDA ended the dry spell in October by approving Dexcom’s new G4 Platinum CGM system (the “G4” stands for fourth generation, since this product follows the STS, Seven, and Seven Plus). With Kelly and Adam’s (many!) combined years of experience using the Seven Plus (a great product in its own right), what follows is our early take on our favorite improvements in the G4 Platinum, namely in 1) improved accuracy and reliability; 2) a sleeker receiver design; and 3) an extended transmission range....

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Should Actos & Pradaxa Be Recalled?

Should Actos & Pradaxa Be Recalled? | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Many dangerous medications remain on the market although they cause life-threatening side effects....
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Real-time assessment of encapsulated neonatal porcine islets prior to clinical xenotransplantation - Kitzmann - 2012 - Xenotransplantation - Wiley Online Library

Real-time assessment of encapsulated neonatal porcine islets prior to clinical xenotransplantation - Kitzmann - 2012 - Xenotransplantation - Wiley Online Library | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Abstract: Background: Porcine islet transplantation is emerging as an attractive option for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes, with the possibility of providing islets of higher and more consistent quality and in larger volumes than available from human pancreata. The use of encapsulated neonatal porcine islets (ENPI) is appealing because it can address islet supply limitations while reducing the need for anti-rejection therapy. Pre-transplant characterization of ENPI viability and potency is an essential component of the production process. We applied the validated assay for oxygen consumption rate normalized for DNA content (OCR/DNA) to characterize ENPI viability.

Methods: ENPI of low viscosity and high m alginate were prepared according to standard methods and characterized at various culture time points up to 5 weeks.

Results: The OCR/DNA (nmol/min·mgDNA ± SEM) of ENPI (235 ± 10, n = 9) was comparable to that of free NPI (255 ± 14, n = 13). After encapsulation, NPI OCR/DNA was sustained over a culture period of up to 5 weeks. The average OCR/DNA of ENPI cultured longer than 9 days was higher than that of freshly encapsulated NPI.

Conclusion: This is the first characterization of ENPI by a validated and more sensitive method for product viability. The NPI encapsulation process does not compromise viability as measured by OCR/DNA, and ENPI can be cultured for up to 5 weeks with maintenance of viability. ENPI meet or exceed current adult porcine islet product release criteria (established at the University of Minnesota) for preclinical xenotransplantation in terms of OCR/DNA.

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When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age - Forbes

When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age - Forbes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Today marks the 30th anniversary of an event that kicked off an important new era in drug therapies – the approval by the FDA of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria.
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FREE SPEECH ZONE | We Take S.H.O.T.s

FREE SPEECH ZONE | We Take S.H.O.T.s | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
There are only so many things that will get a college student motivated enough to wake up at 7:00 on a Saturday morning and walk 5k on an autumn day in Minnesota when it is barely above freezing temep...
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Did Celiac Disease Cost Jennifer Esposito Her Job?

Did Celiac Disease Cost Jennifer Esposito Her Job? | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Actress Jennifer Esposito, star of CBS' Blue Bloods, is claiming publicly that she has been put on leave from the show because of a misunderstanding of her limitations due to her celiac disease diagnosis.
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SAN JOSE, California, October 25, 2012: C8 MediSensors Gains CE Mark Approval for the C8 MediSensors Optical Glucose Monitor(TM) System for People with Diabetes | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online

C8 MediSensors Gains CE Mark Approval for the C8 MediSensors Optical Glucose Monitor(TM) System for People with Diabetes
Published: October 25, 2012

 

 

By C8 MediSensors

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, OCTOBER 25, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ --

A new non-invasive continuous glucose monitor is approved for marketing in Europe

C8 MediSensors, Inc. (http://www.c8medisensors.com) has today announced it received CE Mark approval for its Optical Glucose Monitor System, allowing the device, a new non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (nCGM), to be marketed in Europe.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/25/4365373/c8-medisensors-gains-ce-mark-approval.html#storylink=cpy

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Insulin Shock: Texas Teenager Tasered Twice By Cops

Insulin Shock: Texas Teenager Tasered Twice By Cops | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Another incident in a long trend of what can only be called police brutality. A diabetic Texas teenager was tasered twice by an officer after going into insulin shock and crashing his car. The reason for the tasering was that he was unable to obey the officer’s orders....

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