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Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon: Raisin’ Some $$ for The Cause

Anyone remember that goofy Internet game Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon?  Well, yeah, it was originally intended to lampoon him and all celebrities and their hangers-on.  But good for Kev, for turning it into something useful.  He’s recently launched a new fundraising networking site called SixDegrees.org that’s supporting any charity of your choice with a chance of winning a matching donation from Kevin himself of up to $10,000!
And it didn’t take our enterprising D-Community…

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Much Ado About Januvia: What It Doesn’t Do

Lots of press recently about Merck’s brand spankin’ new Type 2 diabetes drug, Januvia. Patients seem to like it. The EU likes it. So Wall Street likes it, too.  What is so wonderful about this new oral with the Shakespearean name?
Here’s what I found out, explained from my extremely laymen’s point-of-view:
In addition to insulin, our bodies release certain “incretin hormones” called GLP-1 and GIP.  In a healthy body, the ideal amount is released…

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My “True Life Story” in 3.6 Minutes

OK, time to come clean.  The other thing I was doing on my recent trip to New York was visiting with a dynamic new company called HealthiNation (pronounced healthY-nation).  This group is busy creating the first “on-demand health video network,” i.e. a series of informative and instructional videos that help “everyday people” understand the complexities of all sorts of health issues and medical disorders. Viewers can purchase the videos directly off the website, or pick…

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A Few Products I Like

It’s a plug fest, folks, but only because I am somehow personally passionate about these items:
1) I wrote about a neat new protective case for Lantus vials recently.  Well now a reader tipped me off to a similar one, available on eBay, apparently designed by a mother whose son wouldn’t let her wrap his bottles of insulin with bubble wrap (not cool, mom! they note). This one looks pretty cool
2) Have you all…

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Hypo School

I have been schooled in hypoglycemia, in more ways than one.
TYPE 2) First off, you were all right, of course: hypoglycemia is apparently often an early sign of Type 2 diabetes.
Excerpts from Connie Bennett’s new carb-bashing book, Sugar Shock!, cleared this right up:
When the body is resistant to the insulin it makes, the result is “… an ‘overshoot’ phenomenon characterized by a large spike in insulin, followed by a drop in blood…

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