Life with Diabetes

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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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 5: Sweating the Details

Welcome again to the Diabetic Partner Follies, the sharing forum for the people who spend their lives with the PWDs (people with diabetes). I’m so glad we launched the Follies, because I for one had NO IDEA what the “others” went through. The variety of experiences never ceases to amaze me!
Take a read below about how seemingly trivial things can loom large when you’re under stress. God, if I were the wife in this…

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Quick Dispatch from Abroad

Hello Dear Readers!
Oh my — so very little chance to post over here in Deutschland! But hubby has now installed a wireless network in This Old House (a striking example of turn of the century German/Dutch architecture that stands under State Memorial Protection; the photo’s not ours, but something similar). So now more than one of us can actually get online simultaneously. And the family phone line remains free. Wunderbar!
A few brief updates…

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Notebook/Organizer for Type 2s Packs It All In

Promoters from North Hill Publishing recently sent me a unique new “book” to look at: “My Diabetes Organizer,” billed as “the essential planner and record-keeper for people with type 2 diabetes.” First impression: it’s very clean-lined and colorful and strikes me as the equivalent of the top-line Franklin Planner for people with diabetes.
It’s an 8.5×11-size spiral-bound notebook full of tabbed sections that clearly explain medications, meal planning, and all manner of “things to do”…

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