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Upcoming CWD Conferences and Events
  CWD Focus on Pumping
The Marriott Minneapolis Southwest
Minnetonka, Minnesota
October 5-7, 2007

Marco 2008   CWD Focus on Best Practices
Marco Island Marriott Resort
Marco Island, Florida
January 3-6, 2008

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Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World
Orlando, Florida
July 23-27, 2008

Reports from recent CWD conferences & events:
-- CWD Focus on Pumping Conference in Toronto
-- Friends for Life Annual Conference 2007
-- CWD Focus on Pumping Conference in La Jolla
-- CWD New York Adventure Weekend
-- CWD Focus on Best Practices Conference in Marco Island
-- Quilt for Life Display in Washington, D.C.
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We're running a survey about your experiences living with diabetes in the US.

Historic Agreement Reached Regarding Diabetes Care in California Public Schools. See also Children With Diabetes Win Assurance Of Legally-required Services At School; California Department of Education & American Diabetes Association Announce Agreement on In-School Care for Such Students, Schools to provide aid to diabetics, Settlement entitles California's diabetic kids to care at school, Diabetics win care at schools, and Calif. schools required to give medical help to kids with diabetes.

Prediction of Severe Hypoglycemia.

Subcutaneous glucose sensor values closely parallel blood glucose during insulin-induced hypoglycaemia.

Nocturnal hypoglycaemia in Type 1 diabetic patients, assessed with continuous glucose monitoring: frequency, duration and associations.

Defective Awakening Response to Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in PDF format.

Awakening from Sleep and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in PDF format.

Autologous Nonmyeloablative Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in HTML and PDF formats. See also Type I diabetics live without insulin in stem cell experiment.

Strong association between time watching television and blood glucose control in children and adolescents with type-1 diabetes mellitus.

Prediction of severe hypoglycemia.

Every family is encouraged to download a copy of Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel from the web site of the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the 88-page PDF file is too large for you to download, you can request a free copy of the document by printing the order form and faxing or mailing it to the NDEP.

The ADA's Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes is an authoritative and comprehensive tool for families seeking to ensure that their children with diabetes are afforded all of their legal rights while they are at school. This document is indispensable for all families. You can download the complete PDF from the ADA web site or from the Children with Diabetes web site.

The Family Support Network now includes over 3,315 families from 50 states and 72 countries. If you're new to diabetes, the Family Support Network will help you connect with families near you or find a babysitter. If you haven't joined, please become part of the Family Support Network.

The Quilt for Life now has 596 panels.

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Learn more about continuous glucose sensors and see Getting Started with Continuous Glucose Monitoring by Linda Mackowiak, MS, RN, CDE.

Any child who was diagnosed in their first year of life should be screened for Kir6.2 Mutations. This mutation causes an extremely rare form of diabetes that can be treated with oral medication. To learn more, see Switching from Insulin to Oral Sulfonylureas in Patients with Diabetes Due to Kir6.2 Mutations. Families in the US should contact Dr. Louis Philipson at the University of Chicago. More information is available at

Learn about Type 2 and Double Diabetes in kids.

The "Un-Tethered" Regimen by Dr. Steve Edelman offers pump users an alternative strategy by combining a pump with Lantus.

We offer diabetes care suggestions based on the current state-of-the-art in caring for type 1 diabetes.

Learn about the work of Dr. Denise Faustman.

Surveys and Studies
Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet is a group of studies looking at the prevention and early treatment of type 1 diabetes.

Families are invitied to participate in an online Continuous Glucose Sensor Survey being run by a team from the University of Virginia.

NYU researchers are looking for teens with type 2 diabetes or teens with a BMI over 30, aged 14 -19, for a study at the NYU Medical Center. The study involves two visits to the medical center, and includes cognitive testing (memory, etc.), a blood sample, and an MRI scan of the brain. Parental consent is necessary for those under 18. All volunteers will be financially compensated $100 for their time.

Behavioral specialists at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the University of Virginia seek help from parents who have children with diabetes from ages 6 to 11.

The University of California at Irvine has a new Exercise in Teens with Type 1 study.

Clinical Trials for Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes is seeking people ages 8-30 who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within the past six weeks for the AbATE Trial.

The Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium is seeking families with at least 2 siblings diagnosed with type 1 diabetes prior to age 35. They are also interested in having the parents participate, as well as other siblings without diabetes. In this study, researchers will be trying to identify genes influencing an individuals risk for developing type 1 diabetes. By furthering the knowledge of these genes, the researchers hope to prevent type 1 diabetes in the future.

Adult males with type 1 diabetes are needed for a study about Benfotiamine and Complications in New York.

A study on Autoantigen Vaccination In Human Type 1 Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Mellitus is seeking adults 18-35 who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus less than three months.

-- Other Studies

Join Crystal Jackson of the American Diabetes Association for a chat about going back to school on Wednesday, August 29th at 9pm Eastern in the Back to School chat room.

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See our section of photos of diabetes care in interesting places. Send in your photos to [email protected]

Parents report that over 3,000 schools across the US support in-classroom blood glucose monitoring. Does your child's school? Check the Schools database and add information about your child's school.
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Featured Book of the Week

[RECOMMENDED!] Type 1 Diabetes: A Guide for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults -- and Their Caregivers by Ragnar Hanas, M.D. Published by Marlowe & Company, New York, 2005. ISBN 1-56924-396-4. US$34.95.

  In the third edition of his excellent diabetes text book, Dr. Ragnar Hanas offers the most comprehensive book about type 1 diabetes, and one of the best. This book is updated to include pump therapy, continuous sensing, extensive coverage of social issues, and the latest in research. Each topic is presented in an easy-to-read style, with excellent and helpful drawings and charts. Even if you own the first edition and second editions, Type 1 Diabetes: A Guide for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults -- and Their Caregivers will make an excellent addition to your diabetes management library. Highly recommended.

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Today, one of my five-year-old twins slept until 3 p.m. Then, he said he was still tired. After some sips of soda, he was 61 mg/dl [3.4 mmol/L]. Is this reading normal for his age and weight or is that low? (27 Aug 2007)
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From the Diabetes Dictionary
A hormone that raises the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. The alpha cells of the pancreas, in areas called the islets of Langerhans, make glucagon when the body needs to put more sugar into the blood. An injectable form of glucagon is available as a prescription item, for use to treat severe insulin reactions. The glucagon is injected and raises blood glucose levels within a half-hour. It is frequently recommended that people with Type 1 diabetes, and other people taking insulin injections, have a family member learn how to administer glucagon.
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This morning Taylor noticed a jet stream in the sky from a plane that had flown by recently. She said, "Hey Mom, that must be where the space ship Lantus took off." It took me a moment to realize she thought she was looking at the jet stream where the Space Shuttle Atlantis had taken off.
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