December 6, 2004 |
A promising treatment has some diabetics seeing a future without the burden of insulin injections. But the procedure - an infusion of insulin-making cells - does not help every patient and often stops working over time. That mixed success story emerged last week at a Philadelphia conference on the status of islet cell transplants, an experimental therapy that some scientists think could lead to a cure for diabetes. "We have made exponential progress over the past several years, but we still have a long, long way to go," said James Shapiro, who directs the islet transplant program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
December 6, 2004 |
There was much that Jerry Saxon didn't know about his wife, Jean, and many things he chose to ignore, according to friends and family members, court records and police. While Jerry Saxon, 52, was planning to build a house and a new life with Jean, she was planning to move in with another man, court documents allege. While he was looking forward to dinner with her the night before he was found unconscious, she was searching the Internet for a clever way to kill him, police say. While he lay in a coma, clinging to life, she was phoning his employer to see whether she could cash in on his remaining vacation days, according to a grand jury presentment.
November 19, 2004 |
A Bucks County nurse was charged yesterday with murdering her estranged husband by injecting him with insulin that she allegedly stole from her employer. Jean Saxon, 45, of Levittown, is being held without bail in Bucks County prison on charges of first-degree murder, theft, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence. According to a grand jury presentment, Saxon injected her non-diabetic husband, Jerry Saxon, 52, with insulin apparently as he slept in his Bensalem apartment on March 17, 2003.
July 21, 2004 |
What's good for your heart likely is good for your head, according to a growing number of studies on the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Four studies released yesterday in Philadelphia added more evidence that Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease were related somehow. They found connections between memory function and high blood pressure, good cholesterol, diabetes and insulin levels. "This evidence has been accumulating in big studies . . . over the past two or three years," said Hugh C. Hendrie, codirector of the Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders at Indiana University.
December 11, 2003 |
A state police helicopter searched unsuccessfully yesterday for a Delaware County man with a history of diabetic disorientation who has been missing for a week. "There's nothing to report," said Ridley Police Lt. Charles Howley. "It's like he just vanished into thin air. " There are growing concerns that James Amabile, 38, of the Folsom section of Ridley Township, has run out of insulin, on which his life depends, and about exposure to the snow and subfreezing temperatures of recent days.
October 3, 2003 |
As a pharmacist, I am surrounded every day by medicines to treat numerous medical conditions - everything from osteoporosis to hypertension to diabetes. But, until one day last year, diabetes, like many other diseases, was just an abstract part of a day's work. On that fateful spring day, my wife and I learned that our precious 3-year-old daughter, Kailyn, had Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. That means her body does not produce insulin, which is necessary for the body to use sugar.
August 8, 2002 |
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.
July 25, 2002 |
His pleas for help were ignored, so Jose Santiago-Perez, a diabetic and a heroin addict, spent the last day of his life vomiting and writhing in a Philadelphia prison cell - becoming so thirsty that at one point, other inmates say, he drank from a toilet. His death, on Sept. 16, 2000, was the result of "a systemic failure" and was evidence of prison medical care "in chaos," District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said yesterday. But she said no one would be criminally charged for the inaction that allowed Santiago-Perez, 28, to die. His death will cost the taxpayers, though.
April 23, 2002 |
Rather than complain, Kelly O'Connell took command. Instead of slowing down, O'Connell sped up. The Coatesville senior could have felt sorry for herself, but she decided to reach out to others. Juvenile diabetes has affected O'Connell since she was diagnosed almost 15 months ago. But the all-state runner has never been faster or more focused. Moreover, she's found a calling and a career choice. O'Connell, who has accepted a scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh, has decided to eventually earn a master's degree in nursing and become a diabetic nurse educator.
June 29, 2001 |
Kelli Kuehne and Michelle McGann share a special sisterhood on the LPGA Tour, as two of the circuit's more high-profile players who are suffering from diabetes, but it's not something they dwell on. "We laugh and talk about the funny things about it," Kuehne said yesterday, taking a break from practicing in the sweltering heat for today's start of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. "But we'd rather talk about shopping, talk about something real . . . something a little more lighthearted, like movies, guys, whatever it is. " Of course, diabetes is a serious issue for Kuehne and McGann.