A week ago, the media was all abuzz about a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that the oral drug Actos can prevent diabetes. At first we at the ‘Mine didn’t pay much attention, because of course we’re more concerned with what happens to people who already have diabetes. But the buzz didn’t stop. Forbes blogger Matthew Herper wrote a great piece about why side effects make this a bad…Read more »
Today, we hope to continue motivating y’all to get involved in the 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge!
One of the new faces on our Judging Panel this year comes from our sponsor, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). Dr. Sophia Chang is Director of CHCF’s Better Chronic Disease Care program. She’s an internist who’s done a lot of work with AIDS patients and also medical research examining health disparities in breast cancer care.
Sophia’s also a really…
Kidneys. They’re sort of an “out of sight, out of mind” organ, much like the spleen (and plenty of other gooey things inside us that we’d rather not know about). But March is National Kidney Month, so it’s a good time to learn more about these organs and how to protect them from diabetic damage. Thus, we’re focusing this edition in our new monthly series on complications on these two friends who’ve got our back…Read more »
March is Women’s History Month, a memorial that’s necessary because traditionally, women never made into history books, despite their indelible impact on so many different fields. Diabetes is no exception! From physicians to actors to scientists to athletes, women have been a huge force in improving the care of diabetes and how people perceive this condition. So today, we’ve chosen to highlight three of those women: Dr. Priscilla White, Eva Saxl and Helen Murray Free. …Read more »
Another “myth-busters” post:
There are a lot of things about diabetes that are taken as “gospel,” both by doctors and patients. But at the JDRF Capitol Research Summit last month, I learned that many commonly accepted beliefs about diabetes haven’t actually been proven by medical science with convincing evidence (far beyond ‘you got it because you ate too much candy.’) Eminent scholar Dr. Mark Atkinson was pretty adamant that “these ideas need to be put…