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September 11, 2016 | By Mike Natter, For The Inquirer
The screams of another child woke me from a restless sleep. When I opened my eyes, I found tubes and wires stuck all over my 9-year-old body. "Where am I?" I thought, watching a stretcher wheel by carrying a young boy, head wrapped in bloody gauze. The last thing I could remember was my father carrying me into the emergency room. It had been months since I slept through the night, because I had to keep getting up to use the bathroom due to the countless glasses of water I was chugging.
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April 9, 2012 | Stacey Burling
Several large studies have shown that people with diabetes are at especially high risk for Alzheimer's disease. Steven Arnold, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Memory Center, said diabetics are 50 to 100 percent more likely to get the fatal, memory-destroying disease. This has made researchers increasingly interested in the role that insulin, the hormone that's out of whack in diabetes, might play in Alzheimer's. In the brain, Arnold said, insulin is important for cell growth and releasing neurotransmitters that allow cells to communicate.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2016 | By David Sell, Staff Writer
Injectable insulin, which keeps some diabetics alive and keeps others out of serious health crises, has soared in price in the last few years. "It is out of control," said Carol Hammond, 72, a diabetic who lives in North Philadelphia and survives on Social Security. "My rent isn't too bad, but after paying for insulin, I don't have much left. " Hammond said she skips buying or taking doses because her Medicare and Medicare Advantage health- insurance plans don't always cover the cost of her insulin at the pharmacy counter.
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January 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Federal authorities warned against the infection risks of using insulin pens on more than one patient, and officials on Monday asked why a Buffalo veterans hospital may have used the pens on many patients, causing an HIV scare. More than 700 patients admitted to the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System over a two-year period may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, officials said following a review that found that multi-dose pens intended for use by a single patient may have been used on more than one person.
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May 17, 2012 | By Shannon Pettypiece and Michelle Fay Cortez, BLOOMBERG
  An $80 million national research plan to attack Alzheimer's, a mind-robbing malady that may affect as many as 16 million Americans by 2050, will start this year with U.S.-sponsored studies on ways to prevent the disease in high-risk people and treat it with an insulin nasal spray. The National Institutes of Health will spend $7.9 million researching the spray and $16 million on the first study to focus on growth of the disease in high-risk patients, according to a statement today by Department of Health and Human Services.
NEWS
March 25, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jean Saxon pleaded not guilty yesterday to murdering her estranged husband with insulin, laying the groundwork for what her lawyer called "a battle of the experts. " At a preliminary hearing in Penndel, Saxon, a licensed practical nurse, sat expressionless as a forensic pathologist testified that Jerry Saxon, 52, died from "a homicidal injection of insulin. " Ian Hood, who conducted an autopsy on Jerry Saxon, said he had never seen a blood-sugar level as low as Saxon's when Saxon was brought by ambulance to Frankford Hospital-Bucks Campus in Fairless Hills on March 17, 2003.
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November 25, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Edward Moran contributed to this report.)
A court-appointed task force studying ways to curb abuse of prisoners and speed up arraignments was touring the Police Administration Building cellblock while a diabetic shoplifting suspect who was said to have pleaded in vain for insulin was being held there. Justice system officials - including a Common Pleas judge - toured the basement lockup the morning of Nov. 6, while Betty Jean Davis, 36, was waiting to be arraigned on charges of retail theft and conspiracy. Later that day, after spending 21 hours in jail, Davis was released without having to post bail.
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November 24, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nurse Jean Saxon did not apologize to her dead husband's family, nor did she offer any explanations before being sentenced yesterday to life in prison for the insulin-induced murder of Jerry Saxon. "I wasn't expecting any apology because of who she is," said Michael Saxon of Levittown, Jerry's brother. "She still thinks she's innocent. " A jury convicted Jean Saxon, 46, of Levittown, of first-degree murder and other charges Monday in Bucks County Court. In announcing the mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole yesterday, Judge David W. Heckler added one month to seven years for theft and one to six months for possession of a controlled substance, making the sentences run consecutively.
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August 8, 2002 | By Marian Uhlman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eating a meal when it is convenient. Indulging in sweets once considered off-limits. Waking up less often at night to go to the bathroom. Such are the little pleasures that make diabetes an ever more manageable disease. As the American Association of Diabetes Educators gathers in Philadelphia this week, the good news is that new treatments allow people with diabetes to live better. The bad news is that more Americans - more overweight than ever - are getting diabetes, and getting it earlier in life.
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June 1, 1998 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Diabetes isn't just about avoiding sugar. It's about needles, pricks and constant monitoring. It's about the long-term effects of extremely high blood-sugar levels: vision problems, kidney disease and amputations. And it's about avoiding extremely low blood-sugar levels that could lead to comas. "It's very difficult, even when they try their hardest, to control their blood glucose," said Jeffrey Joseph, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
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September 11, 2016 | By Mike Natter, For The Inquirer
The screams of another child woke me from a restless sleep. When I opened my eyes, I found tubes and wires stuck all over my 9-year-old body. "Where am I?" I thought, watching a stretcher wheel by carrying a young boy, head wrapped in bloody gauze. The last thing I could remember was my father carrying me into the emergency room. It had been months since I slept through the night, because I had to keep getting up to use the bathroom due to the countless glasses of water I was chugging.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2016 | By David Sell, Staff Writer
Injectable insulin, which keeps some diabetics alive and keeps others out of serious health crises, has soared in price in the last few years. "It is out of control," said Carol Hammond, 72, a diabetic who lives in North Philadelphia and survives on Social Security. "My rent isn't too bad, but after paying for insulin, I don't have much left. " Hammond said she skips buying or taking doses because her Medicare and Medicare Advantage health- insurance plans don't always cover the cost of her insulin at the pharmacy counter.
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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.
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October 19, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Rachel Dodek can remain relatively calm about her 6-year-old Alex, newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. But Tuesdays and Thursdays, when John Hancock Elementary doesn't have a nurse on duty, are excruciating. An agency nurse is supposed to visit those days to check the first grader's blood sugar and administer his insulin - but someone doesn't always show, and even when someone does, the care is inconsistent, his mother said. "I'm on edge from the time I wake up on days when I know the regular nurse isn't there," Dodek said.
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March 8, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many 11-year-olds, Morgan Laufgraben of Cherry Hill enjoys playing soccer. She is a member of a travel team, the Blades. Morgan's parents, however, unlike other spectators in the stands, are eager not only to watch the team score goals but also to hear their daughter's insulin levels shouted out by the coaches during game breaks. The Beck Middle School sixth-grader was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012. Through her meal planning and frequent insulin checks for a disease that is currently incurable, Morgan's family said she had maintained a positive outlook.
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January 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Federal authorities warned against the infection risks of using insulin pens on more than one patient, and officials on Monday asked why a Buffalo veterans hospital may have used the pens on many patients, causing an HIV scare. More than 700 patients admitted to the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System over a two-year period may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, officials said following a review that found that multi-dose pens intended for use by a single patient may have been used on more than one person.
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October 23, 2012 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
Peter Hopkins, the music director at St. Peter's Church, is an erudite, energetic man who plays the piano and organ, sings with a fine tenor voice, and can blend the disparate voices in the choir so that hymns fill the historic Episcopal church in Society Hill with a sound that's upliftingly supernal. Physically, he looks lean and fit, carrying 180 pounds on a 5-foot-11 frame. If you met him today, you'd never believe that he once weighed 300 pounds. But such were the wages of sin in his youth.
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August 11, 2012 | By Meeri Kim, Inquirer Staff Writer
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
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June 9, 2012 | By Marie McCullough and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What used to be called "adult-onset diabetes" — a leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart disease, and stroke among adults — is now a growing problem for American children, too. This health challenge, and how to deal with it, will be one of the hottest topics at this weekend's American Diabetes Association conference. An expected 16,000 health professionals, researchers, advocates, and vendors from around the world are gathering at the Convention Center to share the latest in diabetes research.
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