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Medicare to Cover Dexcom CGM for People with Type 1 and 2 Diabetes on Insulin

Medicare will now be offering reimbursement for the Dexcom G5 Mobile System for people covered by Medicare who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their blood sugar levels with insulin. CMS has clarified their criteria for coverage and coding for the Dexcom G5 Mobile system which is the only therapeutic CGM […]

My Fight Song for Multiple Sclerosis

Most of us have heard Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. It became an anthem for many people who struggle with illness and adversity. Fight Song has become one of my favorite odes. As a writer, I love to listen to the words of song lyrics....Show More Summary

MS Awareness Month: Which Ribbon Are We Again?

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, ending with World MS Day on March 31. That means we need to make the most of these four weeks to raise some money for research, and raise awareness about the disease and the 2.5 million people in the world currently living with it. Show More Summary

Fighting the Chocolate and Diabetes Demons

This post is dedicated to my friend Carol. I met Carol through my blog and we periodically email each other talking about type 1 diabetes, Medicare, and stuff like that. She doesn’t live near me and I don’t know if we will ever meet in person. But we share the journey, the joy, and the […]

MS Focus Interview on ‘Mind & Mobility’ Festival, Set for March 12, and Benefits of Yoga

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (or MS Focus)  is holding its first Mind & Mobility festival this month, an event that includes yoga and meditation, talks, information booths on health and support services, and adaptive sessions for those disabled by multiple sclerosis (MS). Show More Summary

MS Patient’s Pick of the Week’s News: #MySupportHero, Awareness Video, Mind and Mobility, Seizures, Acthar Gel

Here’s my Pick of the Week’s News, as published in Multiple Sclerosis News Today. MS Organizations Join #MySupportHero Initiative to Help Patients Salute Those Who Care Oh, I can see me fitting in well here. To see what I mean, justShow More Summary

MS Awareness Month: How You Can Help

March is MS Awareness Month, and while we should be raising awareness all year round, it’s a good reminder to get more involved in the community and help out in whatever ways we can. Every little bit helps. Awareness results in moreShow More Summary

MS Focus Interview on ‘Mind & Mobility’ Festival Set for March 12, and Benefits of Yoga

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (or MS Focus)  is holding its first Mind & Mobility festival this month, an event that includes yoga and meditation, talks, information booths on health and support services, and adaptive sessions for those disabled by multiple sclerosis (MS). Show More Summary

MSAA Releases Promotional Video to Mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

On a Monday in July, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) gave Kathy, who loves to hike in the woods, a cooling vest that reduces heat stress — a common issue for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). On a Wednesday in October, the nonprofit funded an MRI for Sarah, another MS patient. Show More Summary

Tips for MS Travelers Include Diligent Packing Prep and Carrying a Bright Suitcase

My coming trip to Spain has me in research mode. After making a list of my travel questions last week, I decided to obtain the answers to just a few each week. Baby steps for this novice planner. Before I decide whether to take my AFO,...Show More Summary

Getting Acquainted with My New Dexcom CGM

Now that I’m officially several weeks into my life on Dexcom, I just wanted to scribble down some notes for the purpose of keeping a record of how it’s been going so far. This is mostly stream of consciousness, but as usual, my stream of consciousness still contains several words. Hopefully, they are ones you’ll […]

Preparing for #ACTRIMS2017 – Top 3 Topics From ACTRIMS 2016

The second annual America’s Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), a forum for clinicians, researchers and other MS specialists to network and discuss the latest advances in MS research and treatment is set for February 23 to 25, 2017. Show More Summary

Resilience: ‘T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)’

Resilience can mean the ability of a person to solve problems and bounce back from difficult situations. That, at least, is the definition a group of researchers from the University of Washington gave to resilience when they surveyed a cadre of 1,574 people with a range of chronic conditions that included multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, […]

21st Century Cures Act Expected to Bring Real Change to MS Patients’ Lives

President Obama’s signing of the 21st Century Cures Act on Dec. 13 is expected to bring real change to those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The legislation will lead to better research and clinical trials. It also puts increased weight on the role patients play in developing treatments for their conditions. Show More Summary

Cures Act May Speed Approval of Stem Cell Therapies for MS and Other Diseases

The 21st Century Cures Act, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, includes provisions that aim to speed up the process by which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews stem cell treatments for patients with degenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. Show More Summary

The Newest Infusion Set: Medtronic/BD MiniMed Pro-set with FlowSmart

By Adam Brown and Kelly Close Much less painful insertion, great needle retraction, and better disconnection We recently received an order of Medtronic/BD’s new MiniMed Pro-Set with FlowSmart technology, a little over a week after the...Show More Summary

New App Demos at the DiabetesMine D-Data Exchange and Innovation Summit

By Brian Levine and Adam Brown Glucose, food, exercise, and even DIY closed loop on the phone Last month, diaTribe attended the 2016 DiabetesMine D-Data Exchange and Innovation Summit at UCSF. The two-day meetup, organized by DiabetesMine, attracted an impressive roster of diabetes movers and shakers to discuss the “today” and “tomorrow” of diabetes care […]

Life is a Symphony of Challenges – Play On!

In Cold Sassy Tree, the classic novel by Olive Ann Burns, Grandpa Blakeslee tells his grandson Will Tweedy that, “Livin’ is like pourin’ water out of a tumbler into a dang Coca-Cola bottle. If’n you skeered you cain’t do it.” If youShow More Summary

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their HIV status. Read more...

FDA Approved Obalon Balloon Successfuly Reduces Weight in Obese Patients

Researchers say Obalon intragastric balloons helped obese people lose almost double the weight compared to those using only diet and lifestyle. For those who live with obesity, invasive gastric surgery is generally successful but not preferred as a first-in-line treatment. The Obalon Balloon System which received FDA approval in September 2016 and expected to become […]

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