Cell infusion is a ‘miracle’ for diabetic

For 50 years, Sigrun Schwendinger of Potomac, Md., coped with diabetes. She gave herself multiple insulin injections every day, tested her blood-sugar levels frequently and paid constant attention to her diet and exercise. That changed in February 2014, when Schwendinger got the second of two infusions of insulin-producing pancreatic cells in an experimental procedure at […]

Fees for spousal coverage grow

Surcharges added for those who can get other insurance First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes spousal surcharges for health insurance? More U.S. workers will be paying them in 2018 as employers shift more costs to them — or to their spouses’ employers. How surcharges typically work: Workers pay $80 to $400 a month more […]

Health threats: Who’s in charge?

Government and mixed messages  Let’s go back some 16 years and see what has changed since the Florida anthrax outbreak in 2001. It’s been indeed almost two decades, but almost a month after doctors diagnosed anthrax in a Florida man, White House officials were still trying to find a leader who can both inspire public […]

The diabetes way of life

Americans with disease learn to eat well, exercise Ted DeLeon’s family is plagued by diabetes on all sides. His parents, aunts and uncles and seven of nine siblings have it. Yet, when it came to him, he didn’t recognize it. “I was thirsty all the time. I gained 30 pounds over summer, was going to […]

Young type 2 diabetics face severe problems

The first long-term study of children diagnosed with type 2, or “adult-onset” diabetes, shows that as young adults, many suffer from severe complications, including kidney disease, miscarriages, and death. The study, though small, is ringing alarm bells for researchers here at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association, giving weight to predictions that a growing […]

Cooking up a balance

New approaches help diabetics make tasty food Last year, in the middle of a teenage whirl of high school, friends, and sports, Emma Lowenstein’s life changed. The Chevy Chase, Md., teenager, now 15, was diagnosed with type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. Her mother says she never saw it coming. Emma had symptoms, she says, including […]

Researchers weigh in on soaring diabetes rates

More than 19 million Americans have diabetes, and if rates continue to soar, there could be 30 million suffering from the chronic, sometimes fatal, disease by 2050. Diabetes is “a side effect of prosperity” that is growing alarmingly around the world, says Christopher Saudek, director of the diabetes center at Johns Hopkins University. “Any nation […]

Diabetes: A lesson in living

Diabetes can’t chill an adventurous Will Will Cross wants the world to know that diabetes doesn’t have to mean disability. To prove that, Cross, who was diagnosed 25 years ago at age 9 with type 1 diabetes, is getting ready to trek across the Antarctic to the South Pole. The expedition will set out in […]

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