Kelly Close's Archived Columns

September 2012 - A Review of Tandem's t:slim
Touchscreen meets insulin pump.

September 2012 - An Interview with Jeff Hyman
Retrofit CEO explains what makes data-driven weight loss so effective.

August 2012 - An Interview with Dr. Anne Peters
Individualizing therapy, the newest drugs and devices, and what she thinks a cure for type 1 diabetes will look like.

August 2012 - The 2012 International Children with Diabetes Conference — Friends for Life
Gary Scheiner offers tips for managing hypoglycemia and combating after-meal highs.

July 2012 - An Interview with Dr. Arya Sharma
The importance of weight management and long-term treatment of obesity.

June 2012 - American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions
The latest on the artificial pancreas, faster insulins, and the results of the ORIGIN trial.

May 2012 - A Review of Sanofi's iBGStar
Blood glucose monitoring meets the iPhone/iPod touch.

March 2012 - The Newest in Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices
A review of LifeScan's OneTouch Verio IQ, Telcare, and Abbott's FreeStyle InsuLinx.

February 2012 - Artificial Pancreas Trial Updates Presented
ATTD 2012 conference also talks new T1D exchange.

February 2012 - Avoiding Complications of Diabetes
The pancreas is not always to blame.

January 2012 - International Diabetes Federation 21st World Diabetes Congress
More drugs, policy best way to cure type 2?

January 2012 - Bringing an Artificial Pancreas to Market
FDA study proposed, open for public comments.

December 2011 - Hard to Lose Weight, Harder to Keep It Off
A remarkable new study explains why.

November 2011 - A Diabetes Milestone
Kelly Close marks 25 years with diabetes.

August 2011 - Interview with Partnership For A Healthier America
Larry Soler and Dr. James Gavin discuss their work with Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity.

July 2011 - Targeting a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Take a sneak peak at new book.

April 2011 - Interview with FDA Panelist
Dr. Sanjay Kaul discusses diabetes, obesity, and the benefit-risk assessment for drug development.

January 2011 - Interview with JDRF President
Jeffrey Brewer highlights JDRF's new direction, thoughts on the cure, and progress on the artificial pancreas project.

October/November 2010 - Victoza for People with Type 1 Diabetes?
One person's "off label" experience on a type 2 drug.

October 2010 - The FDA Declines to Approve Bydureon, a New Once-Weekly GLP-1 Agonist
Latest exenatide ban prompts cardiovascular study.

September 2010 - BodyMedia FIT Weight Management System
Device measures calories burned and scores big.

July 2010 - Review: The Medtronic Paradigm REAL-Time Revel
Test driving the new MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System.

June 2010 - My Victoza Journey
diaTribe correspondent Carol King gives Victoza a shot

June 2010 - The OmniPod PDM
Test-driving OmniPod's latest device

May 2010 - The Tethys Diabetes Risk Test
What's your type 2 diabetes risk?

April 2010 - Decoding the FDA's Perspective on Diabetes Devices
Insulin infusion pump and blood glucose meter accuracy discussed

April 2010 - Fit4D Personalized Diabetes Coaching
Learning to work exercise into my schedule

March 2010 - Metformin and Cancer
Diabetes drug moonlights as preventative cancer treatment

February 2010 - The Bayer Contour USB Meter
Latest meter may be a treat for type 1, type 2 management

January 2010 - 2009:A Year in Review
A look back at 2009 and ahead at 2010

September 2009 - Cardiovascular Effects
Cardiovascular effects from some diabetes therapies debunked

June 2009 - Prediabetes Prevention
Earlier use of drugs, stricter use of bariatric surgery recommended.

February 2009 - Our Diabetic Wish List
Five things that can benefit the diabetes community.

January 2009 - Problems at FDA Prompting Slowdowns in Development
Should patients accept this?

November 2008 - Diabetes, Heart Disease Link Debated At AHA Meeting
Treatment positive in prevention but some say not to mask real issue.

September 2008 - EASD: CGMS Making Strides in Improving A1C
Results of study of long-term effects of good control also revealed.

July 2008 - Experts On One Accord: Studies Not as Advanced as Hoped
Conference focuses on ADVANCE and ACCORD trial results.

June 2008 - ADA Meeting Reveal Results of Major Trials
More type 2 drugs showing promise as addition to first line of defense.

September 2007 - European Researchers, Physicians Tackle Diabetes Issue
More aggressive measures advocated in prevention, treatment plans.

August 2007 - Three Experts Weigh In On CGM
Support for technology grows; more calls for artificial pancreas.

April 2007 - Cardiologists Zoning In on Weight Loss
Diabetes community among hardest hit by heart disease.

February 2007 - Making Progress
Improvements to various drug treatments encouraging.

December 2006 - A Global Perspective on Diabetes
Disease taking even greater toll on undeveloped countries.

October 2006 - A DREAM Fulfilled?
Trial results reveal possible change to treatment approach.

August 2006 - The View from AADE
Keeping tabs on technology from the front line.

July 2006 - Close Concerns about the Diabetes Epidemic
A discussion on the statistics of treating diabetes in this country.

May 2006 - Research on New Type 2 Treatment Targets Insulin Source
Scientists find GLP-1 a promising option

February 2006 - Study Zooms In on Glucose Monitoring During Hospital Stays
Vigilance proves key to reducing complications, mortality rates.

November 2005 - For Now, Artificial Pancreas May Be Next Best Thing to a Cure
Experts actively exploring challenges and solutions to continuous glucose sensing.

October 2005 - A New Day in Monitoring is Dawning
Latest technology will allow for continuous monitoring, better control.

September 2005 - Retinopathy in Recently Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes: It Doesn't Look Good
The best solution to eye complications is tight control.

June 2005 – The Latest on Inhaled Insulin
Researchers revisit possible diabetes therapy.

Last Modified Date: April 21, 2015

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