Books & Resources

The Power of Apology in Medicine

A few weeks ago I received a rather odd book to review: “The Power of Apology in Medicine,” a short treatise on “the movement toward apology and full disclosure in medicine.”
We chronic patient types know all about the importance of good “bedside manner.” We’ve all got our doctor horror stories about insensitive comments and shockingly inappropriate behavior. These ugly encounters stick with us forever, and add an extra crust of negativity to our already…

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The Dream Fund and Kassie’s Book for Diabetic Parents

Periscope up! The more you look, the more you find — in this case implying that if you ever, ever felt alone with your diabetes, forget it! I can hardly believe how many hot programs and cool people I am starting to run into all centered around this disease.
Here are two of the latest items I’ve found:
* The Ascenia Dream Fund is an annual contest run by the diabetes division of Bayer to…

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European Vacation, and Read ME on dLife.com!

One. Long. Trip.
Well now, compared to years past, the 10-hour flight was almost relaxing. Everybody in my family but me slept for a while. No one screamed. Only one needed to use the paper sick bag. Twice. But recovered quickly. So pretty smooth, really!
It was the 4+ hours from Amsterdam Schiphol to Duesseldorf that put me over the edge. At one point while waiting nearly 2 hours for a train connection at some…

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Salute to Luther Vandross, Divabetic

R&B superstar Luther Vandross died last night (Friday) at age 54. Cause of death “unreleased,” but the papers note that he never recovered from a massive stroke two years ago. I am shocked to note that most of the glowing eulogies mention the word “diabetes” only in passing, generally in the very last paragraph of the story! Only Fox News hints at poor diabetes management.
He was a beloved soul singer who will be sorely…

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Book Reviews: “Fix-It-and-Forget-It” Cooking and Diabetes Travel Fun

So I got my first two review copies of diabetes books last week (the publicists have found me!). What fun!! The first is a new, diabetic version of the “Fix-It-and-Forget-It” Cookbook series by New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Pellman Good (published in cooperation with the ADA).
With my big family, I love the idea of preparing meals ahead for an easy serve-up at dinner time. Now I don’t happen to own a slow-cooker, but…

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