Personalizing Drugs? or Death of the Blockbuster

A must read — BusinessWeek on Drugs Get Smart:
“Doctors are calling it ‘the age of personalized medicine’ as they close in on genetic variations that hint at why one person responds to a drug and another doesn’t, why some people are prone to strokes or heart disease, why one person’s cancer is more aggressive than another’s.”
“The shift to drugs tailored to a specific genetic profile will bring massive changes to a pharmaceutical industry…

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Janis Roszler, Symlin and Byetta

Oooh. I just found a very cool brand new article from Janis Roszler (RD, CDE, LD/N, etc., etc.) over at eDiets.com, of all places. First off, I just keep running into that woman’s name! Turns out she’s a diabetes author with her own “Dear Janis ” Web site and her own radio show, and she’s a prolific D-columnist. She even writes an “Expert Column” over at dLife. (Mine would be the “Un-Expert Column,” as in…

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Amy’s Tour of Health Plans, aka Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Slo-Mo

If I learned anything since my diagnosis, it’s that American health plans are pretty much all the same if you don’t have any special needs. That is, we bounced around a fair bit between various HMOs and PPOs and POS’s over the years. Some had higher co-pays, others had higher deductibles. It didn’t make that much difference, and even though I have three kids, I never looked into it very carefully.
Then I got diabetes.…

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Doesn’t Seem Right

I’m writing this at 3am, sleepless with a nasty stomach ache. Something just doesn’t feel right. Usually insomnia is my favorite excuse to hunch over the keyboard, pontificating on all variety of diabetes-related topics. But as Dee so eloquently points out, it all seems ridiculously trivial in the face of Katrina’s aftermath. All those people just beginning to piece their ravaged lives back together… what’s happening out there?
* An astounding number of Web sites…

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Restaurants Recognizing Gluten-Free Needs; Tears of Joy

This fall will mark my second year of gluten intolerance. And I am officially FED UP. All this time I’ve been telling myself it’s no big deal, and it sure keeps my carb intake down.
But suddenly I realize that I am TIRED of avoiding each and every form of normal baked goods, tired of mealy pasta and gritty rice crackers, and tired of explaining to friends and family why the wheat allergy is in…

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