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EMA staff: no external meetings until spring 2013 - PharmaTimes

EMA staff: no external meetings until spring 2013 - PharmaTimes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
EMA staff: no external meetings until spring 2013 PharmaTimes The process will involve major efforts from scientific and support staff across the EMA over the next few months, impacting on the Agency's ability to contribute to meetings and forums,...
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10 Diabetes Advances in 2012

10 Diabetes Advances in 2012 | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
As we count down the days to the end of the year, here's a round up of 10 diabetes products, drugs, gadgets, and insights that occurred in 2012.
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May there be twice as many in 2013 :).

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In defense of FDA - Forbes

In defense of FDA - Forbes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
The FDA seems to be everyone's favorite whipping boy, guilty of over-regulation as well as under-regulation; harboring a bias against industry, while enjoying a suspicious coziness to it.  And of course, it is the designated suspect for the current...
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Why diabetics get life cover, but not health insurance?

An anguished post on the Apnapaisa website says: “I am 40 years old and a diabetic but have no other health issues. I was recently able to get a 20-year term insurance policy for Rs 1 crore, though at a higher than normal premium.
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Obesity is a Bigger Health Threat Than Hunger: CNN Report

Obesity is a Bigger Health Threat Than Hunger: CNN Report | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
The BIGGEST Problem By James Turnage CNN is reporting that a study by 500 researchers in 50 countries between 1990 and 2010 discovered a major change in worldwide health threats. Their data shows t...
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Bastian Hauck's life as a diabetic patient

Sailor and public speaker Bastian Hauck, a German diabetic patient, describes how he was diagnosed with diabetes. He goes on to describe how a small CGM (Con...
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Diabetes and the Quantified Self

Diabetes and the Quantified Self | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Today I went to a talk about the Quantified Self movement - a community of people who use technology to track their health - and was reminded of diabetes.
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Sugar's Bittersweet Legacy

Sugar's Bittersweet Legacy | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A global staple that once fueled great colonial economies, sugar persists. Six photographers spent part of last year documenting its production in the Netherlands and some of its former colonies.
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Drug Executive Faces Manslaughter Charges

Drug Executive Faces Manslaughter Charges | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Jacques Servier and six companies of the Servier group were charged in a case involving a diabetes and weight-loss drug that caused cardiovascular damage.
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An important precedent. Would it ever happen in the U.S.?

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Pregnancy with Diabetes: Where Can I Clip My Pump?

Pregnancy with Diabetes: Where Can I Clip My Pump? | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
It’s the second trimester of my pregnancy with diabetes. Finding maternity pants that can accommodate an insulin pump is a big challenge.
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Every night, Gary and I lie in bed and watch our baby – we call her The Girl – kick, jab and swim under my skin. My belly squirms up and down and side to side. The Girl moves the most in the late hours. She’s a night person, like her mom. Last night, after a day of blood sugar swings and insulin adjustments, I asked The Girl, “How are you feeling? Am I doing okay for you? She answered with a tumblesault. Gary said tumblesaults are a good sign. I asked him how he knows that. He said that he knows that sort of thing. It made me feel better so I said, “Okay.”

It’s the second trimester of my pregnancy with diabetes. Though not a breeze, it’s been much better than my first trimester. The nausea and severe hypoglycemia have subsided. I can leave my apartment, engage in coherent conversation, and eat. I have gone from being Miss Nausea, as in, Get That Plate of Pretzels Outta My Sight! to Miss Hungry, Hungry Hippo, as in, Whatcha Got Over There? Care to Share a Bite?...

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FDA Speaks Out on the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (!) : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

FDA Speaks Out on the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (!) : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog | diabetes and more | Scoop.it

Wow! We’re excited to welcome not one, but three senior FDA officers as joint guest posters here at the ‘Mine today. All three of these individuals attended and participated in the recent 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, which we hosted at Stanford University on Nov. 16.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor regrets at not having borne or adopted children in memoir, 'My Beloved World'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor regrets at not having borne or adopted children in memoir, 'My Beloved World' | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor says in her upcoming memoir that her battle against diabetes influenced her decision not to have children.
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Core-Shell Hydrogel Microcapsules for Impr... [Adv Healthc Mater. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Core-Shell Hydrogel Microcapsules for Improved Islets Encapsulation.
Ma M, Chiu A, Sahay G, Doloff JC, Dholakia N, Thakrar R, Cohen J, Vegas A, Chen D, Bratlie KM, Dang T, York RL, Hollister-Lock J, Weir GC, Anderson DG.
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David H Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA; Department of Anesthesiology, Children Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
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Islets microencapsulation holds great promise to treat type 1 diabetes. Currently used alginate microcapsules often have islets protruding outside capsules, leading to inadequate immuno-protection. A novel design of microcapsules with core-shell structures using a two-fluid co-axial electro-jetting is reported. Improved encapsulation and diabetes correction is achieved in a single step by simply confining the islets in the core region of the capsules.

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EMA Publishes Draft Guideline on Biosimilar Insulin Products

EMA Publishes Draft Guideline on Biosimilar Insulin Products | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has opened a new consultation on a draft guideline that would revise a set of biosimilar guidelines first put in place six years ago.The guideline, On non-clinical,...
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Very important to follow for people who depend on insulin.

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FDA Law Blog: FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Enrichment Strategies for Clinical Trials

By Alexander Varond – On December 14, FDA released a draft guidance document entitled “Enrichment Strategies for Clinical Trials to Support Approval of Human Drugs and Biological Products” (“Enrichment Guidance”).
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Autoimmune disease: Retraining white blood cells

Symptoms of an autoimmune disease disappeared after a team of scientists retrained the white blood cells involved using a specially engineered protein.
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A father’s promise to his diabetic child | Features | CentreDaily.com

A father’s promise to his diabetic child | Features | CentreDaily.com | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Parenting. Not easy in the best of circumstances. Add diabetes to the mixture and parenting becomes even more challenging. Throw in the towel? Give up? Never! You do what you need to do. You find the way.
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Bedford-based Insulet gets FDA clearance on smaller insulin pump - Boston Business Journal

Bedford-based Insulet gets FDA clearance on smaller insulin pump - Boston Business Journal | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
Bedford-based Insulet Corp. (Nasdaq: PODD) has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new insulin pump that’s smaller and lighter than its current product.
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Off-Label Marketing and the First Amendment — NEJM

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Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Off-Label Marketing and the First Amendment
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Greeting cards cheer up chronically ill

Living with diabetes is a complex juggle of medication dedication, food concerns, exercise efforts and often-spiraling emotions. And there's just not enough acknowledgment of what it takes to do everything, every single day, just to stay alive.
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JAMA Network | JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association | Pancreas Organ Weight in Individuals With Disease-Associated Autoantibodies at Risk for Type 1 Diabetes

JAMA Network | JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association | Pancreas Organ Weight in Individuals With Disease-Associated Autoantibodies at Risk for Type 1 Diabetes | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
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Organ Failure Associated With Orlistat Use - Health News - redOrbit

Organ Failure Associated With Orlistat Use - Health News - redOrbit | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that weight-loss drug orlistat prevents an important enzyme that could change other drug therapies and the inhibition is irreversible.
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...“Since it has been available over–the-counter, there has been a drastic increase of toxicity among patients using the drug,” explained Bingfang Yan, a professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, in a prepared statement. “It has been linked to severe liver failure, acute pancreatic failure and acute renal (kidney) failure.”...

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University of Florida News – UF researchers: Understanding pancreas size may help unlock cause of Type 1 diabetes

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.....In the current study, Campbell-Thompson and colleagues at the City of Hope National Medical Center examined 164 pancreases from adult organ donors, including those with auto-antibodies linked to an increased risk for Type 1 diabetes. After examining the organs and comparing them with control samples, the researchers discovered that the people at risk for Type 1 diabetes had pancreases roughly three-fourths the size of those of patients not at risk for the disease. In addition, patients already diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes had pancreases about half the size of control samples, Campbell-Thompson said.....

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Life, Death and the Birth of Marjorie's Fund

Life, Death and the Birth of Marjorie's Fund | diabetes and more | Scoop.it
"I do think managing Type 1 diabetes is difficult, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but it gives me a sense of purpose and clarity about what I'm meant to be doing.
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Lockport teacher's book raising diabetes awareness

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Lockport teacher's book raising diabetes awareness
BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Sharon Saraf’s first book has been published. It’s a topic close to home for the Lockport teacher, one that hopefully raises awareness for Type 1 diabetes.

Saraf’s “I Have Diabetes” is a children’s book about a young boy who becomes ill and is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her inspiration is easy to see, as Saraf has a 12-year-old son Cole who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3. Saraf’s sister, Susan Brooks, has been dealing with Type 1 diabetes for over 35 years. The book is dedicated to both.

“I wanted to write a

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