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Joslin and SETMA Announce Affiliation

Monday, November 01, 2010

Joslin has announced an affiliation with Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA), LLP, in Beaumont, Texas. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at SETMA will offer some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services.

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Teaching Teens to Cope with Diabetes

Friday, October 29, 2010

“We need more complex and creative approaches in diabetes education for teenagers, and we’re all still trying to figure out the best way to do this,” said Margaret Grey, Dean of the Yale School of Nursing, speaking at Joslin this week. Presenting the fourth annual Joslin Harriet Mackay Forum, Grey highlighted her research in educating youth with type 1 diabetes—particularly in boosting their life skills in coping with the condition that requires around-the-clock management.

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Q&A | Ashley Atkins of the Joslin Pediatric Clinic

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ashley Atkins, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P., joined Joslin as a pediatric nurse practitioner a year ago. Here she answers five questions about her professional background and what day-to-day life is like in the Joslin pediatric clinic.

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Latino Diabetes Initiative Broadens Its Community

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Odds are even that a Latino child born in this country will develop diabetes during his or her lifetime. More than a tenth of all Latinos in the U.S. have diabetes today, and the rate rises to a quarter for those aged 50 or older. This is the huge challenge facing Joslin’s Latino Diabetes Initiative (LDI), a comprehensive effort to improve the lives of Latinos with diabetes and their families—combining clinical care, patient education, community outreach, research and healthcare team education.

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Q&A | Thomas Serwold on Type 1 Diabetes and Autoimmunity

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In type 1 diabetes, immune cells called T cells destroy insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Scientists have known about this autoimmune attack for decades, but they are still grappling with its wildly complicated details.

Thomas Serwold, Ph.D., who joined Joslin’s Immunobiology research section last year, answers questions about his lab’s work and the overall progress in understanding autoimmunity.

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Joslin Clinic Recommendation on Avandia

Monday, September 27, 2010

The following is a recommendation from the Joslin Clinic on the recent decision by the Federal Food and Drug Administration regarding Avandia.

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Lloyd Paul Aiello Becomes Professor of Ophthalmology

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Beetham Eye Institute at the Joslin Diabetes Center, has been promoted to the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

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Q&A | Howard Wolpert on CGM Research and the Artificial Pancreas

Monday, September 20, 2010

A senior physician in the Joslin adult clinic and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Howard Wolpert, M.D., analyzes the best ways to adopt technology for type 1 diabetes management. Here, Dr. Wolpert answers six questions about his lab’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) studies and the quest for an artificial pancreas.

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Waging War on Weight and Diabetes

Friday, September 17, 2010

Roughly a million people in the United States develop diabetes each year. The overwhelming majority of these cases have type 2 diabetes, and the main culprit driving the growth of the disease is excess body weight.

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Q&A | Howard Wolpert, M.D., on CGM in the Diabetes Clinic

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A senior physician in the Joslin adult clinic and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Howard Wolpert, M.D., examines the best ways to adopt technology for type 1 diabetes management.

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Q&A | Angelina Bernier, M.D., of the Joslin Pediatric Clinic

Monday, September 13, 2010

Endocrinologist Angelina Bernier, M.D., works in the Joslin pediatric clinic. Here she answers five questions about her background,  her patients with type 2 diabetes and her clinical research.

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Asian American Diabetes Initiative Builds Clearinghouse for Information

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) at Joslin Diabetes Center has unveiled exciting additions to its web site,, offering innovative, interactive and culturally relevant tools for Asian Americans who live with diabetes and their healthcare providers.

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Joslin Researchers Hope to Teach Old Drug New Tricks

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

An anti-inflammatory drug called salsalate, commonly given for arthritis pain, is being tested in Boston to determine whether it can also help prevent cardiac disease.

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Team Type 1’s Southerland to Talk at Joslin

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Phil Southerland, founder of the famed Team Type 1 of competitive cyclists, will give a public talk at Joslin on the evening of September 15, launching the annual Joslin Diabetes Roundtable.

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Joslin Study Looks for Links between Insulin Resistance and Alzheimer's

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Joslin’s Gail Musen, Ph.D., is studying whether sophisticated brain imaging tools can detect early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease among people with insulin resistance.

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Pre-Teens Enjoy Joslin Fenway Outing

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Red Sox still may be in third place this season, but you could never discern that from the smiles at Fenway Park last week. More than 25 young Joslin patients between the ages of eight and twelve and their families, accompanied by staff and doctors, toured the home of New England’s favorite team on a beautiful sunny summer day.

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Study Wins Beatson Challenge in Type 1 Diabetes Research

Friday, August 13, 2010

Two years ago, philanthropist Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. asked four Joslin Diabetes Center scientists to present him with compelling proposals for research on type 1 diabetes. Inspired by all four, in January 2009 he decided to help fund each, splitting a $1-million gift evenly between the four labs.

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History of Insulin Exhibition to Feature Joslin Artifacts

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Early days at the Joslin Clinic will be showcased in a “history of insulin” exhibition at the New York Historical Society (NYHS) in New York City, beginning October 5th.

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Q&A | Joslin Publications for People with Diabetes

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

“Joslin Publications has, in my view, two responsibilities,” says Susan Sjostrom, Joslin’s Director of Healthcare Services and Publications. “The first is to attempt to meet the perceived needs of the diabetes community by proactively developing and publishing publications, web content and other materials that meet those needs. For these publications, I rely on the dedication and commitment of my colleagues who generously provide the vision and clinical content, even though this is never their ‘real’ job.”

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Q&A | Jacqueline Shahar on Diabetes and Exercise

Thursday, July 29, 2010

“Diabetes is a complex disease and there’s a lot you can do with exercise to manage it,” says Jacqueline Shahar, who is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Diabetes Educator and the manager of the exercise physiology department at Joslin.

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Summer Magic Casts a Spell for Families at Joslin

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Children and their families came out to Joslin earlier this month for the Pediatric Clinic’s fifth annual Summer Magic event. The children participated in crafts, played limbo and bean-bag toss, enjoyed a picnic dinner and saw a magic show.

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Q&A: Gordon Weir on Type 1 Diabetes Research

Monday, July 26, 2010

When type 1 diabetes wipes out the body’s insulin-producing beta cells, how can they be replaced? That’s been a focus of research for decades for Gordon Weir, M.D., and his wife, Susan Bonner-Weir, Ph.D. 

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Dodging Diabetes for Joslin

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back in 2005, Anna Tiedeman Irwin was looking to organize a fundraising event that required no athletic ability, was a lot of fun and wouldn’t intimidate people from participating. The movie Dodgeball had just come out and served as inspiration for the First Annual Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball tournament.

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Joslin Announces Opportunity to Win Iacocca Mustang

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Mustang, the car that "changed everything" in the automotive industry, will now contribute to finding a cure for diabetes. Joslin is raffling off a special edition of the famous "muscle" car – the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang.

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What Exactly Is a Certified Diabetes Educator?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tracey Lucier got excellent news last year: She had passed a grueling four-hour exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

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Learning Diabetes Lessons from Team Type 1

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In the Race Across America, teams of cyclists compete around the clock for more than 3,000 miles. “In 2005, people said we couldn’t do this because we had diabetes,” said Joe Eldridge of Team Type 1. “But we put together a team with eight people with diabetes, and we finished in second place by three minutes.”

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Texas Woman Receives Joslin 75-Year Diabetes Medal

Monday, July 12, 2010

Barbara Kimbrough, of Haskell, Texas, has received the Joslin 75-Year Medal, recognizing her many decades of living successfully with diabetes. Ms. Kimbrough, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was nine, is only the 35th person in the world to receive the award, which she accepted in a ceremony here late last month.

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Risks Are Manageable in Pregnancy with Diabetes

Friday, July 09, 2010

“I can count on one hand the number of women I have told not to get pregnant,” said Tamara Takoudes, M.D. “You just have to monitor your pregnancy every step of the way.” Drs. Takoudes and Florence Brown, M.D., co-directors of the Pregnancy and Diabetes Program at Joslin and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, joined Joslin exercise physiologist Jacqueline Shahar and author Cheryl Alkon for a panel discussion at Isis Parenting in Brookline, Mass. in late June.

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RPB Wasserman Award Aids Research in Diabetic Eye Disease

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., of Joslin and the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School has been granted a $60,000 RPB Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award by Research to Prevent Blindness.

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Teens with Diabetes Enjoy Fenway Tour

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

More than 25 teens and their families came out for Joslin’s teen tour of Fenway Park last week. The event began at Joslin and then families walked together to Fenway Park, the oldest venue used by a sports team in the United States, where there was an informative and humorous tour about the park’s history.

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Q&A | Rebecca Longo, N.P., of the Joslin Adult Clinic

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

After working in intensive care and a variety of other nursing fields, Rebecca Longo, N.P., decided that diabetes care was where she needed to be.

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Joslin Shows Transplanted Beta Cells Learn to Deal with Stress

Friday, July 02, 2010

For transplanted beta cells, life is tough. Not only are the insulin-producing cells in a stranger’s body, tucked into the liver rather than the pancreas, they are a bit short on oxygen and blood, and they are often exposed to raised levels of glucose. Joslin Diabetes Center scientists, however, have shown that the cells can protect themselves by actively adapting to their new homes—findings that may help to aid future transplants aimed at treating type 1 diabetes.

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Joslin Finds the Trouble with Tribbles in Diabetes

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Named for the furballs whose astonishing fecundity made them stars in early Star Trek episodes, the tribbles protein, first identified in fruit flies, aids in regulating many cell processes in humans.

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