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Why Can’t Hollywood Get Diabetes Right?

I can still remember the first time I was disappointed in how a movie portrayed diabetes. I was young, watching Con Air on TV, and even as a young, relatively inexperienced diabetic, I found myself furious at the film for using diabetes as a way to heighten tension. In the years since Con Air first […]

1-Day Challenge: Your Mid-Year Goals Check-In!

Register today! BONUS: You’ll receive a Free Download of my 29-page eBook on thriving with diabetes and other special bonuses for webinar attendees only! ••••••• 1-Day Mid-Year Goals Check-In Challenge When is the last time you checked in with the health goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? How much progress have […]

At-Home Use of “Bionic Pancreas” Successful in Reducing Hypoglycemia

A new study found that an insulin-only (no glucagon) bionic pancreas successfully managed blood sugar levels with no difference in low blood sugar episodes when compared to a bionic pancreas that did include glucagon (glucagon is a hormone used to raise blood sugar when too low). The study results were presented at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) […]

If Diabetes was Personified, Who Do You Think It Would Look Like?

Did you ever wonder what diabetes would look like and sound like if it was personified? Would it be a raging monster with fire coming out of its nose?  Would it be a person who looks sweet enough to invite in and then devours everything in sight?  Would it be a kicking, screaming little kid that […]

Single Genetic Mutation Causes Rare Type of MS

I’ve had multiple sclerosis (MS) long enough to remember a few MS-isms that are now considered defunct. Pain, for example, was not considered an MS symptom when I was diagnosed. Now there are several types of pain recognized as associated with multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society even says, “Pain syndromes are common in […]

Research Acknowledges “Diabetes Burnout” & Methods for Prevention

Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist, presenter, author and founder of DiabeticTalks and Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapy. He recently wrote about how people living with diabetes often reach periods of struggle with the tiring and ongoing nature of diabetes. Show More Summary

Running and Diabetes

I might have a bruise on my arm from an injection, and a pocket full of glucose tabs, but I am strong and graceful. I am a runner... The post Running and Diabetes appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

Setting Up My Dexcom G5 System: It Could Have Been Better

Yes, I’m one of those: I had a Dexcom G4 and was all excited about it the first few weeks and months and then my enthusiasm waned. But really there’s a very good reason. My life is generally very predictable and routine. I work at home, and so can control my food and exercise. So after […]

Diabetes and Driving: What I’ve Learned about Stereotypes The ability to drive is a lot like your pancreas, it turns out. You don’t miss it until it’s gone and then suddenly you’re lost without it. I recently discovered that having diabetes can put a major cramp on the ability to maintain a drivers license in some states–when my license was suspended for not […]

How MS Has Helped Me Perfect the Irish Goodbye

“Céad míle fáilte” is Irish for “a hundred thousand welcomes,” and boy is it put to use in these parts! When you arrive at someone’s house and are greeted with a firm, two-handed handshake and a direct look in the eyes, you also get a heartfelt, “Ye are very welcomed!” The Irish rituals of offering tea […]

Can Diabetes Drug Metformin Increase Number of Healthy Years, Extend Life?

The oral medicine metformin may be able to slow aging, increasing the number of healthy years a person can live and potentially expanding human lifespan to 120... The post Can Diabetes Drug Metformin Increase Number of Healthy Years, Extend Life? appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

With Multiple Sclerosis, I Miss the Office Holiday Party

Ho, Ho, Ho! Where’s the V.O.? The gifts are wrapped. The tinsel is strung. The Brussels sprouts are creamed, and the ugly sweater collected from the cleaner. Let the holiday festivities commence! But something is always missing for me at this time of year. Even if I’ve only ever technically worked in an office for [...]

Martin Shkreli's Odd Live Stream With Teenager Raises Brows

Infamous Turin Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli was arrested this morning on fraud charges and the bizarre stories keep coming.  Aside from claiming that he bought the one and only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's The Wu — Once Upon a Time in...Show More Summary

Congress Moves to Lift Federal Ban on Clean Needle-Exchange Programs

After years of political fear tactics and moral legislation, Congress is finally taking the steps to partially lift the ban on federal funding to support needle-exchange programs. Despite the overwhelming evidence that needle-exchange programs work to prevent HIV, federal funding for these programs has been banned since 1998. Show More Summary

'Radiant Presence' Commemorates Poz Artists

Twenty-five years ago, the art installation "Electric Blanket" was projected on the wall of Cooper Union in New York City to commemorate Day With(out) Artists/World AIDS Day. The installation was a projected slideshow of information about HIV and AIDS mixed with the work of 200 photographers. Show More Summary

New Hope for Preventing Vision Loss in Diabetics

November is National Diabetes Month, which is a month dedicated to raising awareness of the condition and the various ways it affects your health. Now, there is good news for people with eye complications from diabetes. A network of researchers supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has found that the drug Lucentis (ranibizumab) can be highly […]

Empowering Women to End HIV & Intimate Partner Violence

HIV activist Gina Brown  never looked at herself as a victim of intimate partner violence. When she found out she was living with HIV, the violence got worse. There is a strong connection between domestic abuse and HIV. According to the CDC [PDF 1,824 KB], an estimated one in three women in the U.S. experiences domestic...

Part 2: Anne Dachel Interviews Tony Muhammad on CDC Vaccine Safety Accountability

By Anne Dachel View part one here. Here is more of my conversation with Minister Tony Muhammad. He was very specific about the politicians, both in California and in Washington, who've turned their backs on the welfare of our...

New MS Drug Commercial Gets Mixed Reviews

Even though the National Multiple Sclerosis Society put out a brilliant awareness campaign that included television ads a few years back, many in the MS community still think there’s not enough about multiple sclerosis on the airwaves. Nonetheless, many of us woke up last week to an inbox full of messages about “that new MS drug advert ….”, [...]

Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes along the HCV Continuum of Care

There is a great deal of work being done across the country to improve care for those infected with hepatitis C. This work has been reinvigorated in recent years by new tools that hold great promise, including new HCV treatments that have the potential to cure over 90% of all individuals with HCV infection as...

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