Advocacy

Diabetes Blog Awards ((Hug))

Today, a brief note of THANKS to all the wonderful people in the Diabetes OC for investing their precious time and effort into blogging, so that we can all share in each other’s experiences.  I wish I had time to keep up on every one of the 140-some-odd D-blogs that now exist.  Whew! 
And a huge hug of Thank You to Allison Blass for creating the OC website, maintaining the bloggers’ roster, and going the…

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2nd Annual D-Blog Day

Today is the second annual D-Blog Day, a day of rejoicing over our ever-growing community of diabetes blogs.  Did I tell you lately that I love you guys?! (sniffle…)
As you know, there’s lots happening in the D-blog community, including of course nominations *now open* for the 2nd Annual D-Blog Awards. Apparently the policy is that last year’s winners don’t appear as nomination options, but will appear on the final ballot, so please keep me…

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The Death of the Press Release

On another note altogether (I’ll get back to “As the Glucose Meter Turns” soon enough), I am pondering the PR question again today.  I am doing this because I’ve received an advance invitation to be part of a panel discussion on how healthcare and pharma enterprises should approach bloggers in “serious disease categories” — i.e. bloggers like us.  Big question.
I have worked on both sides of the communications fence and understand the in’s and…

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The OC Gets Moving for National Diabetes Month

Today is the first, so say hello to November, aka national Diabetes Awareness Month.  So many diabetics, so much to do!
In addition to the FDA/FTC crackdown on phoney diabetes web ads, plus all sorts of creative fund-raising initiatives like the JDRF’s campaign with the Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Diabetes Online Community (O.C.) is launching two new initiatives:
1) A new navigation system to make finding blogs about living with diabetes easier.  The OC website will…

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Grand Rounds, Vol. 2, No. 51: Celebrating Education

Welcome! First off, if you haven’t already, I invite you to hop over to see my Pre-Rounds host interview on Medscape (requires free login). 
In keeping with the September tradition of “Back-to-School,” this week’s Grand Rounds celebrates education.  That is, participating medical bloggers were asked to highlight posts that reflect in some way on the indispensable role that universities and other training centers play in making medicine happen.  God knows, all the medical professionals (and…

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