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June 19, 2012 | Wires
Question: Can intense itching be a side effect for someone with diabetes whose blood sugars are poorly controlled? Answer: Poorly controlled diabetes is one possible cause for unexplained itching. Exactly how diabetes causes itching isn't certain, but suggested causes include diabetic nerve root injury, metabolic abnormalities from widely fluctuating blood sugars, and dry skin. If this is the cause, it should improve with better efforts to lower the blood sugars.   That said, there are many other causes for severe itching.
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January 22, 1998 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Kevin Montgomery, 17, never let diabetes prevent him from keeping an appointment, whether it was a basketball game or a performance in a school play. Montgomery, of Levittown, a senior at Holy Ghost Prep who was manager of the basketball team, died of a diabetic attack at his home Tuesday afternoon, after returning from school where he had taken midterm exams in the morning. He was found by his younger brother. "People who knew him knew this was a serious problem," said Tony Chapman, Holy Ghost's basketball coach.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2008
THRIVING WITH TYPE 1 CATHERINE MILLER, who is 26 and lives in West Chester, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15. "I wasn't really surprised because my mom has it, my grandmother and grandfather had it, a couple of my uncles have it, so it was inevitable for at least me or my brother to get it, and I was the lucky one. " It threw her for a loop initially. "I was 15 and they were giving me all sorts of medication," she says. "But I knew it was going to come. " Taking the time to eat right for blood-sugar control was her major challenge as a teenager.
SPORTS
March 20, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Padres lefthander David Wells, known for larger-than-life appetites for food and beer, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. San Diego chief executive officer Sandy Alderson, speaking at Padres camp in Peoria, Ariz., yesterday, termed the illness controllable, but said: "It's something he'll have to manage and something we'll have to help him manage. It's not unprecedented by any means. " Wells was diagnosed two weeks ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in yesterday's editions.
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March 5, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Georgetown's leading scorer Austin Freeman has been diagnosed with diabetes, leaving his status uncertain for the team's upcoming games. Freeman returned to practice Wednesday and yesterday after missing Monday night's loss to West Virginia. He was also limited in Saturday's loss to Notre Dame. Originally thought to have a stomach virus, Freeman learned he had diabetes when he went to the hospital Monday night. Coach John Thompson III said yesterday he is "100 percent" certain Freeman will play again this season, but the coach wouldn't say whether the junior guard will return for tomorrow's regular-season finale against Cincinnati.
SPORTS
October 1, 2004 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Tom Benson needed a favor, and he went to the Triton field hockey team for help. With the same enthusiasm he uses to teach history at the Runnemede-based school, Benson told the Mustangs of his grandson Chris' battle with juvenile diabetes. He asked the players if they would help him in his quest to help find a cure for the disease. "When he sat down and talked to us, we were definitely in," junior captain Diana Hunt said. "Mr. Benson is such a lively individual - as a teacher and a person.
NEWS
October 7, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first combination drug to treat type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol in one tablet. Merck & Co. Inc.'s Juvisync combines two previously approved prescription medicines in one tablet for adults who need both sitagliptin and simvastatin. About 20 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and many have high cholesterol.    - David Sell
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June 26, 1991 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
When Dorothy Leese was a little girl in the 1940s, her parents would boil 10 drops of her urine in a pan on the stove every day. And when Dorothy's pals would come to visit, she'd tell them "we're doing a chemical experiment. " Because her body didn't produce insulin, her parents went to the local butcher in Newark, N.J., and squeezed the pancreas of a dead cow or pig to retrieve the animal's insulin. This impure substance was injected in her arms and legs, leaving ridges and dents where the animal's foreign tissue was not absorbed by her body.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2007
ERIK CHOPIN, 37, a Long Island, N.Y., delicatessen owner and family man, once carried more than 400 pounds on his 6-foot frame. The extreme weight was obvious, but what Erik didn't know was that he also had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Not to mention a body mass index of 55, a far cry from the recommended range of 18.5 to 24.9. Erik was just about to go under the knife for bariatric surgery when he was selected by lottery to be on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" last season.
NEWS
June 17, 2003
Exotic diseases such as SARS, monkey pox and West Nile virus are guaranteed to get exhaustive media coverage and intense public attention. They're dangerous, scary and, if you cross paths with the wrong cougher, mosquito or prairie dog, hard to prevent. Not that we shouldn't all be on the lookout for unusual germs, but Americans would be wise to pay far more attention to a preventable disease that threatens millions. It's name is diabetes, an old disease spread not by germs but, for the most part, overindulgent modern lifestyles.
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January 17, 2016 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Pregnant with my first son, all I wanted to eat was ice cream. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But sweet stuff hadn't been anywhere on the menu since early on, and I developed gestational diabetes, a hormonal condition that causes insulin resistance and elevated blood sugars during pregnancy. Frightened about the impact high glucose readings could have on my unborn child and me, I followed my doctor's orders to the letter. That meant weighing and measuring every bite, taking my sugars before and after every meal, and exercising a whopping two hours a day on a stationary bike and in a nearby indoor swimming pool.
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December 7, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Most times, I use the tips of my ring fingers. It's a habit: slip a test strip into my blood glucose meter, prick my skin with a lancet, and touch a drop of blood to the strip. After a five-second countdown, my blood glucose reading pops onto the screen and I'm good to go. Taking your blood-sugar readings can be one of the most educational (and annoying) parts of having type 2 diabetes. Monitoring your sugars can keep you on top of daily fluctuations and help you uncover any useful patterns (i.e., every time you eat too much fruit, your numbers trend upward)
BUSINESS
November 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer, VPS said Monday.. No terms were disclosed. As part of the partnership, Penn will help VPS develop educational conferences, standards for patient care, as well as continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. VPS operates 14 hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, and India.
NEWS
November 1, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
The choice to spend high school and college summers in biology labs studying the intricacies of canine diabetes is not for everyone. But for Emily Shields, 23, now a second-year graduate student in genomics and computational biology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, that decision was easy. "I always knew I wanted to go into science," says the West Caldwell, N.J., native over an outdoor lunch on the Penn campus. "In ninth-grade biology, we had an assignment to look at pond scum and there was this roly-poly wormlike thing wriggling around under the microscope and I remember thinking - this is the coolest thing ever.
NEWS
November 1, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Three years ago, Allison Turner noticed her vision was getting a little blurry. "I knew I had to see a doctor," she said. "But I was scared and didn't deal with it. " The result was that when Turner, a professor of public policy and administration at West Chester University, awoke one morning, she couldn't see out of her left eye. A trip to a retina specialist confirmed she had suffered a detached retina caused by diabetic retinopathy....
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November 1, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Our family celebrates birthdays with food. When my turn came last month, we had a blowout at Zahav in Center City, complete with specialty bourbon cocktails and the fixed-price menu, which included Israeli salads of sugary beets and carrots, hummus, pita bread, roasted lamb, and three different desserts for the table. In my rush to arrive on time, I had accidentally left my type 2 diabetes medications behind. As a regularly well-controlled person with diabetes, I didn't let that worry me too much.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Guenther H. Boden, 80, of Gladwyne, a renowned physician, professor, and researcher in the field of endocrinology, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, of pancreatic cancer. He died at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice of Philadelphia after a brief stay. Dr. Boden was the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine at Temple University Hospital. During 45 years there, he served as chief of endocrinology and metabolism, and program director of the general clinical research center. Dr. Boden earned a medical degree from the University of Munich Medical School in 1959.
NEWS
September 11, 2015
DEAR ABBY: Last year, during her required physical for college, my 19-year-old daughter, "Lacey," was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She is in denial and hasn't seen a doctor since. She doesn't take her medications and refuses to change her diet or exercise. She is also obese. When I try to discuss this with her, she gets angry and storms away. Her school is three hours away and I'm worried something terrible will have to happen to make her get serious. She's in that "invincible, know-it-all, I don't care" teenage phase of her life.
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July 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new diabetes research project aims to develop medicines by marrying chemistry expertise from Rowan University with animal physiology knowledge at Rutgers-Camden. Researchers at Rowan have begun work on some promising medicines, while Rutgers-Camden professors hope to examine plant-based folk medicines from Africa. Rowan scholars have the background to explore the mechanisms behind the medicines, while Rutgers-Camden will focus on testing them on diabetic mice. "We need each other, because the people at Rowan are unable to test the results of their medicines on the physiology," said Joseph V. Martin, a biology professor and associate dean at Rutgers-Camden, who is one of the primary researchers on the project.
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July 12, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine if you could carry a credit card-size record of all the three billion A's, T's, C's, and G's that make up the alphabet soup of your genome. A simple swipe of the card could inform your physician right away if a drug being considered will help you - or even hurt you. This is the kind of promise behind President Obama's $215 million initiative to develop personalized medicine. "We've arrived at the point where this could happen, and is going to happen," Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said at a recent biotechnology conference in Philadelphia.
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