Life with Diabetes

Chair-less Classrooms to Fight Obesity

While we’re on the subject of Back to School, here’s a tip just in from the friendly skies (i.e. I read it on the plane last week): researchers from the renowned Mayo Clinic have designed what they believe to be the first classroom without chairs.  Instead, “students write standing at podiums on wheels or take spelling tests sprawled on carpet squares.”
Mayo obesity researcher Dr. James Levine studies the connection between everyday movement and weight.…

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The LillyforLife Achievement Award for Diabetes Journalism (!)

I’ve never been one to win things in this life. Once, as a student at an LA Times journalism conference, I won a sun visor as a door prize. That was about it. So you can imagine how floored and honored I was to receive an email last week from a manager in Eli Lilly’s global communications group informing me that I have been selected as the winner of this year’s LillyforLife Achievement Award for…

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Information Bias in Research, Uh-huh

While we’re on the subject of patient studies, here’s another thing: “regular” research with real live patients is not without its faults, no sir. By that I mean to say that even though studies using real, live people may seem quite preferable to computer simulation, things are not always as forthright as they seem.
This month’s Diabetes Voice magazine from the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) features an extremely interesting piece about information bias in research:…

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Who Needs Patient Studies When You’ve Got PCs?

Roche Diagnostics recently conducted a clinical study of “biomarkers” that indicate insulin resistance, involving 62 Type 2 diabetes patients. The thing was, none of the patients were real.
A fascinating Bio-IT World article published today, called “I, Virtual Patient”, explains how Roche worked with Entelos, one of the leading software companies offering programs that allow pharmaceutical companies to simulate clinical trials using computers. No human patients required… Geez!
The idea was that using this new…

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Corrections on an NFL Tattoo

A few days ago my inbox revealed yet another unexpected gem: a personal note from Oakland Raiders player Dustin Rykert, writing to correct me on my coverage of his experience being tattooed with diabetes. (Rykert made headlines with a medical symbol tattoo on his chest in 2003).
Dustin writes to clear the false impression that he may have had the assistance of a full training staff while obtaining and healing from his tattoo(s):
“Just to…

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