Life with Diabetes

Experimenting with Antibodies

Exciting news on experimental treatments! A new study on Type 1 diabetics showed that injecting the antibody anti-CD3 may help “stop this autoimmune disease in its tracks,” according to JDRF executive VP for research Dr. Richard Insel.
Researchers at Necker Hospital in Paris apparently tested this “novel approach” on newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetics who still had some insulin function left. The results, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, were encouraging…

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Conference Wrap-Up

I’m back home now (you knew that!), up to my eyeballs in the end of school/start of summer camp mayhem, and am also coming to an end of the immediate observations drawn from my trip to the recent ADA Conference. A very enriching experience: I met such fabulous people! Including Dr. Bill Quick and his wife Steph of DiabetesMonitor, who are the sweetest and most knowledeable pair a diabetic could ever hope to meet. And…

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Closing the Loop

One of the terms most-oft overheard at the recent ADA Conference was the “closed-loop system” for diabetes: when will we have it? is it really viable?
For those unfamiliar with the term (as I was, novice that I am!), “closed-loop” means a device that combines continuous blood glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Mimicking the function of the human pancreas, the “closed loop” system would monitor glucose levels and, in response, deliver an appropriate amount of…

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Breaking Ground with “The Self-Managed Disease”

(Sort of an addendum to my last post)
With the shifting focus to official recognition that successful diabetes management lies in the hands of the patient rather than the medical provider, there’s a whole lot of flurry of late about “behavioral issues.”
The guru of diabetes behavior is of course Dr.
William Polonsky, author of Diabetes Burnout and founder of the new Behavioral Diabetes
Institute (and also a really nice guy!)

Between moderating panel sessions…

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Surprising Interview with a Joslin Researcher

At this weekend’s annual ADA Conference, I had the
privilege to sit for an hour just chewing the fat (or, um, chatting…)
about the state of diabetes care with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Jackson has the dubious title of “Director of
Field Outreach, Strategic Initiatives,” but his personal passion is talking
with patients about how diabetes affects their life.

For new patients, his biggest edict is, “You are
not doomed.…

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