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February 6, 2016
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Time for Rocco

I hate to even suggest this, but what if the cure never comes? What if long-term clinical human trials go on indefinitely into the future with no hope in sight? What if cinnamon is just cinnamon? What if cactus juice is just cactus juice and reptile saliva just reptile saliva? And what if the BCG drug is a vaccine for tuberculosis and nothing more? I have this terrible feeling I’ll be an old man with a long grey wizard’s beard and a walking cane made out of... (READ MORE)

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What It Means to Be a DIVA with Diabetes

Max Szadek, Divabetic As the founder and executive director of the national diabetes nonprofit organization, Divabetic, I use the term “diva” a lot in my everyday conversation. But what does it really? According to Wikipedia, the term “diva” means, “A celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular... (READ MORE)

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Danger in the Snow

We read about all of these people who die in the aftermath of big snowstorms. Winter Storm Jonas, which hit our area about ten days ago, left over a dozen people dead — some of whom went out in the height of the storm and got lost in whiteout, others who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while waiting in a running car whose tailpipe was still buried in the snow. People stuck outside because they are homeless are also considered at-risk, and municipalities may forcibly remove them to... (READ MORE)

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I Am Lightning

For years I’ve gone on about how proud I was that Charlie wasn’t ashamed of his type 1 diabetes. I loved the fact that throughout his childhood thus far, he has never felt embarrassed nor apprehensive when whipping out his testing supplies and squeezing out a globule of blood. So why on Earth did it trouble me when I found out that Charlie mentioned he has type 1 diabetes on his Instagram profile? Why??? Shouldn’t I be ecstatic that he was brave enough to declare it... (READ MORE)

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Price Pressure and Flavor Glucometers

Over the past few months, I've received a couple of mailings from Bayer Diabetes Care telling me about its upcoming ownership change. I get these because I own an original-generation Contour USB meter — the type that looks like an oversized USB flash drive and which doesn't understand that I don't ONLY... (READ MORE)

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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