AmyT

ADA PostGrad Sessions

Yet another academic diabetes event, the ADA’s annual “PostGraduate Sessions” was on this weekend in San Francisco. So I just had to go. Besides promising to cover selected material for the Diabetes Monitor, my own curiosity about this disease and the research around it wouldn’t let me skip such an opportunity to eavesdrop on the brains behind the treatment right here in my own home town. Compared to the big annual ADA Conference, this one’s…

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Dry Between Your Toes

There are certain aspects of diabetes care that I’ve just plain stonewalled. Foot care is No. 1 on that list. What could it matter to a girl who spent her formative years running around barefoot on the sizzling asphalt of LA that some people with diabetes get foot problems? Me, who’s “complications clock” just started running less than 3 yrs. ago?
But lately I discovered something disgusting. Diabetes makes your feet susceptible to everything. My…

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Tagged Again – Four Things

Ooh, I’ve been tagged again in yet another “random facts about bloggers” game. This one calls for specific personal tidbits in groups of four — which hopefully will not provoke the dreaded Web surfer foursome of yawn-stretch-blink-clickaway
Four jobs I’ve had in my life:
McDonalds (who hasn’t?)
Waitress at Hof’s Hut
Asst. Editor for R&R Magazine (the military one, God bless its soul)
Marketing Manager for Sun Microsystems High Performance Computing Solutions (was that a…

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In the News – Stem Cells and Patient Advocacy

Top stories today, in my world:
1) “Stell Cell Breakthrough Helps 85% of Type 2 Diabetes Patients.” In a very exciting initial study in Argentina, implanted stem cells did just what researchers hoped they would do: they appeared to regenerate the destroyed Islet Beta Cells in the pateints’ pancreas. The patients were able to get off their various diabetes drugs, and the procedure went off without a single complication.
Very promising stuff. Now remember, this…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 4: Quest for Animal Insulin

Apropos to Diabetes Health Magazine’s latest feature on “Where Have All the Insulins Gone?” I had no idea that the evolving insulin market might have been bad for some patients — much less the celebrated changeover to synthetic human insulin. Meet Jim Daly from Massachusetts, who shared his brutally honest story with me this week (reprinted uncensored, except for inserted links, with permission):
Hi Amy,
My name is Jim. I am 32 years old, type…

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