January 4, 2016 |
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.
October 26, 2015 |
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.
October 19, 2015 |
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.
March 8, 2015 |
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.
October 21, 2014 |
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.
January 16, 2013 |
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.
October 23, 2012 |
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.
August 11, 2012 |
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.
June 9, 2012 |
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.
May 17, 2012 |
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.