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November 2011

Thanks to Technology, We Never Have to Be Alone

If you've had diabetes for a number of years, chances are that you remember when there was no Internet access and no diabetes online community.  You had no way to look up information online and no instant connection to millions of others around the world living with diabetes.  Unless you had a friend nearby with diabetes, there was no one to understand how you felt when your blood sugar numbers were less than stellar, and no one to sympathize with how hard it can be to get your A1C down.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2011

November 2010

Handle online advice with care

If you're getting information about diabetes from groups or friends on Facebook, you might want to be careful. A new study suggests that a quarter of posts in these groups are possibly ads, and not for FDA-approved treatments, either.

comments 5 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2010

August 2010

FDA Approves Mobile App for Managing Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared Baltimore-based health software company WellDoc to begin marketing the DiabetesManager® System, a mobile phone application designed for patients and healthcare providers who are dealing with type 2 diabetes. The company, founded in 2005, plans to start selling the product early next year.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 19, 2010

May 2010

Knowledge Is Power

Investigate. Inform. Inspire. This statement is not only our commitment to you, the readers of Diabetes Health, but also a call to action. In our June/July print issue (available online June 1 under the Digital Edition tab), we've done some investigating. We tracked down educational agencies, websites, software, and applications, and we've listed them for you in our 2nd Educational Resource Guide.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 31, 2010

April 2010

FDA Launches Initiative to Reduce Infusion Pump Risks

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an initiative to evaluate safety problems that may occur with external infusion pumps.  These devices are used to deliver fluids or medications to patients in a controlled manner. Insulin pumps, for example, release insulin into the body at a controlled rate to compensate for a lack of insulin production in people with type 1 diabetes.

comments 8 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2010

Emergency Checklist

In the early hours of Saturday, February 27th, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile, eventually leaving 1.5 million displaced from their homes. At 6 a.m. that same morning, Hawaiians awoke to the news that a tsunami was barreling towards them and evacuation was necessary. Within minutes, many had left their homes for safe ground.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2010

August 2009

Leading Weight Loss Center is Enrolling Participants for Prediabetes Research Study

The PreDx Diabetes Risk Score determines risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 26, 2009

May 2009

Diabetes Educators and Their Supporters Asked to Rally Behind “Catalyst to Better Diabetes Care Act”

Diabetes educators and their supporters nationwide are being asked to rally behind congressional legislation that would establish a "national diabetes report card," promote better training of doctors with regard to reporting diabetes as a factor in births and deaths, and set federal standards requiring doctors to achieve a level of diabetes education before they can be licensed or certified.

comments 7 comments - Posted May 8, 2009

April 2009

The Swine Flu and Diabetes

Experts have been warning of a worldwide outbreak of a horrific influenza ever since 1997, when the first human cases of so-called H5N1 avian influenza were reported in Hong Kong.

comments 28 comments - Posted Apr 29, 2009

Connect with Diabetes Health on Facebook and More!

Diabetes Health has joined the social networking sphere. Join us as a fan on Facebook, talk to us on Twitter, and subscribe to our RSS feed. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Nadia Al-Samarrie wants to hear your thoughts and she'll be reading what you have to say with great interest.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 28, 2009

Really Great Diabetes Information, From Medicare of All Places

Well, this is a surprise. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 contains a little known section, Section 1013, that has actually led to something really useful: Up-to-date information about diabetes culled from real research and presented in language that we all can understand. Section 1013 authorizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to compare the effectiveness of different approaches to difficult health problems and to make that information accessible and understandable to "decisionmakers": that is, you, me, and our doctors. And diabetes is one of the difficult health problems to which the AHRQ is directing its attention.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2009

OneTouch Teams up with Consumer Advocate to Offers Tips on Maintaining Your Health in Tough Economic Times

The majority of U.S. adults are worried about being able to afford medical care and prescription medications.1  In addition, a recent study reveals that one in seven children and working-age Americans went without needed prescription medications in 2007 due to cost concerns, up from one in 10 in 2003.  Experts predict these statistics are likely to get worse in 2009, and this could present even greater hardships for those Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes.2

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2009

March 2009

Today is American Diabetes Alert Day!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Why not find out today whether you or your loved ones are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Take our easy Diabetes Risk Assessment test to estimate your risk of having diabetes by collecting information about your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, etc.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 24, 2009

Help on YouTube for Type 2’s Considering Insulin

Sanofi-aventis U.S., a maker of insulin as well as many other pharmaceuticals, announced last month the launch of their new YouTube diabetes channel that's designed to challenge the barriers, myths, and misperceptions about insulin use and empower people living with type 2 diabetes to make better-informed decisions for managing their condition.  The channel is part of their broader GoInsulin campaign, a multi-media resource for people living with type 2 diabetes to help dispel the myths about insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2009

February 2009

Program Teaches Florida Kids To Choose a Healthy Lifestyle in an Entertaining Way

Try Running Kids, a company whose mission is to teach children to live a healthy lifestyle through adventure-based interactive educational entertainment (edutainment) programs in the classroom, recently announced its "Journey To Fitness" series. It has launched in schools across 12 counties throughout Florida and is growing rapidly.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 10, 2009

January 2009

Obama Pledges Electronic Medical Records for Everyone Within Five Years

In a speech on January 8, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama pledged to make all medical records electronic within five years.

comments 33 comments - Posted Jan 20, 2009

December 2008

Shop Till You Drop For Your Favorite Diabetes Charity
Shop Till You Drop For Your Favorite Diabetes Charity

Times are hard this year, and it's that much harder to make your holiday money stretch very far. Charities, food banks, and other causes are feeling the pinch. Food banks, for example, have more people than ever needing their assistance, and fewer people able to give. In fact, people who used to give are now forced to be recipients.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2008

October 2008

LifeScan Launches Diabetes Handprint Project

LifeScan, the maker of OneTouch blood glucose meters, recently announced Global Diabetes Handprint, a new collaboration with the Diabetes Hands Foundation.  The project encourages people with diabetes to post an image of their hand, decorated with words and graphics depicting their personal expressions about living with diabetes (or decorate a virtual hand online). The project is designed to help people with diabetes use self-expression to connect with each other and feel less isolated.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 27, 2008

September 2008

Out of the Pot and Into the Fire: Pressuring Insurance Companies to Cover Continuous Glucose Monitors
Out of the Pot and Into the Fire: Pressuring Insurance Companies to Cover Continuous Glucose Monitors

When Gina Capone, a thirty-something type 1 for eight years, got married this year, she and her husband decided it was time to start thinking about having a baby. Like all women with diabetes who are planning a pregnancy, Gina needs her A1c to be as low as possible in order to prevent complications for her and her baby. This strict control can be very challenging and time-consuming, requiring up to 20 blood sugar tests a day. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

Online Personal Health Records - A Valuable Tool
Online Personal Health Records - A Valuable Tool

Fires.  Earthquakes.  Floods.  Hurricanes.  Things we don't want to think about, that we don't think can happen to us.  But they can.  Hurricane Katrina illustrated how quickly emergencies can arise that force people to abandon their homes.  In the rush to get to safety, sometimes vital items are lost or forgotten.  Health records are one of those things.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

July 2008

Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs
Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs

You might think that having a disease is the last thing you would want broadcast over the World Wide Web. But for some writers, getting the word out there is the main idea. In a world inundated with celebrity gossip and angst-ridden posts, a few people rise above the online mess and use their blogs to foster a sense of community in what could otherwise be an isolating dilemma: living with diabetes.

comments 10 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2008

April 2008

Texans: DiabetesAmerica Offers Free Online Health and Lifestyle Classes
Texans: DiabetesAmerica Offers Free Online Health and Lifestyle Classes

DiabetesAmerica, a network of diabetes care and management centers across Texas, is offering free online health and lifestyle classes to the public.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

July 2007

Get Your Face on Novo Nordisk's "Face of Change"

"Meet the Face of Change," Novo Nordisk's exhibit of photographs and stories of people with type 2 diabetes, is getting underway. The pictures will be taken by Rick Smolan, famed photojournalist who produced the "Day in the Life" coffee table books.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 21, 2007

June 2004

MediCompass Software

Would you like to be able to share your blood glucose information with your doctor between scheduled visits?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

March 2004

Diabetes Assistant Software Offers Freedom in Tracking Your Diabetes Management Data

Looking for an inexpensive software package to help track your diabetes-management data? Do you want a Web-based program? How about the ability to e-mail the data directly to your doctor or certified diabetes educator (CDE)? Diabetes Assistant, a software program from Roche Diagnostics Corporation, might meet your needs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2004

May 2003

Online Workshop Offered as Part of Study

Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, is seeking participants for a study that involves a six-week online workshop teaching self-management skills for people with heart disease, lung disease or type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

March 2003

New Diabetes Management Tool Goes Online

Roche Diagnostics recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Web-based diabetes management program, known as the Accu-Chek Diabetes Assistant (available through the Web site

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2003

December 2002

An Apple a Day?

Macintosh users who have been bemoaning the lack of diabetes management software designed for their operating system now have access to a new program.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

An Apple a Day?

Macintosh users who have been bemoaning the lack of diabetes management software designed for their operating system now have access to a new program.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

October 2001

Up, Up, and Away

Now, doctors and patients can access all the information they need regarding the patient's health with the InSight Professional. In August 2001, Disetronic Medical Systems Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, launched the online diabetes management program that allows users to create a personal database of their insulin intake, blood-sugar levels and more. Patients can upload information directly from their insulin pumps and blood glucose meters from their home computers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2001

August 2001

Contacting Doctors by E-mail Shown to Be Easy, Successful

It may no longer be necessary to visit your doctor to get advice and the results of blood tests, according to researchers in Creteil, France, who presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association's scientific sessions in June. Using e-mail to send data from self blood glucose monitoring to your doctor and ask questions is efficient and economical, they say.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2001

February 2001

Mail-Order Insulins Can Go Bad

Many people with diabetes suspect that the insulin they get by mail sometimes has lost its effectiveness. Now, a study has proven their suspicions are probably true, causing the medical community to question mail-order pharmacies and bring people back to their community pharmacies, where face-to-face treatment delivers to them the best care possible.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2001

November 1999

High Tech Control for Your Diabetes

Here is a sample of the software available to help keep you on track with your diabetes control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

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