If you can still get excited about diabetes research headlines, then here’s some exciting news coming out of Cambridge, Mass, this week: Tolerx, a life sciences company, has reported they are in Phase 3 clinical trials for a new treatment of type 1 diabetes. If everything goes to plan, a representative of the company says, Tolerx could launch the first-ever offering approved by the FDA to treat the cause of type 1 diabetes. Pretty cool!…Read more »
Dan Hurley, award-winning journalist and author of the new book Diabetes Rising is turning out to have some controversial views. He certainly thinks about Type 1 diabetes — which he’s lived with himself for 34 years — in different terms than I do; he’s very focused on causes and prevention, while I’m just trying to work out how to live with this thing. When I approached Dan to write a piece here at the ‘Mine…Read more »
In the past few weeks, the diabetes community has suffered several tragedies in losing young people to diabetes. It is shocking and upsetting when diabetes takes the life of anyone, but somehow more so when it cuts a young life so short. Moira McCarthy Stanford is a journalist, a long-time JDRF volunteer and mom to Leigh, 22, and Lauren, 18 — who was diagnosed with type 1 at age 5. Today, Lauren is one of…Read more »
Today, another example of the more things change, the more they stay the same:
In his new book Diabetes Rising, journalist Dan Hurley reports about skyrocketing numbers of children being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in a wealthy Boston suburb. Parents there are desperate for answers as to why this is happening, yet “the lack of a national or even statewide diabetes registry complicates efforts… we know little about what causes Type 1 diabetes.”
Earlier this week, I got word that a woman who called herself “Goddess” online has passed away. She had over 6,000 friends on the DiabeticConnect community site. To be honest, I didn’t know much about her other than the tips and questions she posted very regularly. Still, it’s the oddest (and saddest) sensation when any life disappears like that.
Another member sent a query saying there still seemed to be activity on Goddess’ profile, and…