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The Two Faces of Diabetes
The Two Faces of Diabetes

The table was set for Thanksgiving and all the family was there. Joey, the baby, was the center of attention. This would be the second Thanksgiving he had witnessed in his relatively short life. Somebody remarked that he looked thin, but Sandra, Joey's mother, thought that it was just a sign of growth. As the turkey and mashed potatoes were served, the family turned its attention away from the cooing baby to ladling piles of food onto plates. Joey didn't eat much that night, but kept asking for more to drink.

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People Would Rather Tell You Your Spouse is Cheating Than Discuss Your Diabetes

In a recent survey of over 1000 adults, 82 percent knew someone with a chronic illness. Only 34 percent, however, were willing to offer advice to their chronically ill friend about handling their self-care.

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Men With Heart Disease and Diabetes Get Better Care Than Women
Men With Heart Disease and Diabetes Get Better Care Than Women

A study just published by the RAND Corporation, a well-known think tank, has found that routine care received by women for their heart disease and diabetes isn't as good as that received by men.

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New Massachusetts Police Can't Use an Insulin Pump

A 22-year-old who's planning to graduate from college this spring with a degree in criminal justice has run up against a Massachusetts state law that bars anyone who wears an insulin pump from being hired as a full-time police officer.

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Charges Against Bodybuilder Doug Burns Dropped
Charges Against Bodybuilder Doug Burns Dropped

On May 30, 2007, prosecutors dropped the assault charges against Doug Burns, the champion bodybuilder whom we profiled extensively last month. The decision to dismiss the case and not go to trial was based upon evidence from an endocrinologist that Doug was in diabetic shock at the time of the incident and therefore had a viable defense of unconsciousness.

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Update On Mr. Universe: Doug Burns Arraigned in Court
Update On Mr. Universe: Doug Burns Arraigned in Court

Doug Burns, reigning Mr. Universe, was recently involved in an encounter with Redwood City police while experiencing severe low blood sugar; during the incident, he was handcuffed and clubbed by police who mistook him for inebriated. On May 2, 2007, Doug was arraigned in court on charges of assault and resisting arrest.

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Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education
Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education

The story of Doug Burns’ arrest during a low blood sugar episode has generated a lot of comments from the diabetes community. How did it happen, why did it happen, and how could it have been handled differently?

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What Value Do You Place on Your Privacy?
What Value Do You Place on Your Privacy?

If you live in New York City and have diabetes, your right to privacy is gone. A mandatory registry of all diabetics is in effect.

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We Can Work It Out
We Can Work It Out

Could it be that when it comes to diabetes and the workplace, honesty isn’t always the best policy?

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Diabetes and Discrimination
Diabetes and Discrimination

Recently, I had a phone call from a friend seeking advice on whether or not to hire a nanny who has diabetes. I was shocked.

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