From the Mailbag: Diabetes and the Single Life

A wonderfully candid letter from a kindred spirit, which appeared in my mailbox last week:
Dear Amy,
I totally related to your November 26th post about feeling “displaced” as an adult with type 1 diabetes. So much is said about adults with type 2 and children with type 1—and more recently children with type 2—that we grown-up type 1s seem to fall last on the list. I would LOVE to attend a camp or other…

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New Red Wine Pill and Other Drug Notes

Lots of drug news coming out of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference here in San Francisco last week. Among the presenters were Amylin, DexCom, Insulet (OmniPod), MannKind (developing inhalable insulin), and Biodel (developing fast-acting Viaject insulin).
The most intriguing news seems to come from Sirtris Pharmacueticals, a startup based in Cambridge, MA, that’s testing a new diabetes drug made from red wine. No kidding! Hey, if lizard spit can turn out to be effective, Cabernet…

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2007, Abbreviated

Taking a cue from Allison via Kerri, I’ve gone and dug up the opening lines from one significant post in each month of 2007. What a neat way to look back on the closing year!

January: Down on Big Pharma? You are not alone.
February: Lots of press recently about Merck’s brand spankin’ new Type 2 diabetes drug, Januvia.
March: Some very sad news today, I’m afraid.
April: Big news this week, Folks. Apple Inc.…

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A 5-Letter Dirty Word for Women

That would be R-E-L-A-X, according to the lab technician who performed my annual mammogram yesterday morning. Of course, it’s not easy to relax when you feel like your naked breast is being slammed in a refrigerator door, but her overall point is still well-taken.
Women these days are trying to do and be everything. As 2008 ramps up, I’m feeling the crunch. Let’s take a quick inventory of what’s going on in my life: 5…

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Opportunity Knocks

Knock-knock… Who’s there? YOU. You-Who?
Exactly. Yoo-hoo, PWDs (people with diabetes) and all readers of this blog. If you can forgive this corny opening, please read today’s call for your involvement on several fronts:
1) Want to be a media star? Or at least quoted in a story on “the lack of coordination in health care,
especially for diabetics” in the AARP and More magazines? Journalist and author Shannon Brownlee is working on a story…

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