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News Release

Joslin Diabetes Center Updates Diabetes Deskbook

Aimed at Helping Primary Care Providers Fight Diabetes, 2nd Edition Contains Latest Information & Guidelines

BOSTON – March 10, 2008 – Joslin Diabetes Center today announced the release of the Second Edition of its comprehensive resource Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook – A Guide for Primary Care Providers.

Thousands of PCPs across the U.S., who represent the first line of defense for the 21 million Americans with the disease, have come to depend on the Deskbook.  Written and edited by Richard S. Beaser, M.D., and the staff of the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center, Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook gives primary care providers tools for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with diabetes and its many complications.

Every chapter of Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook has been completely revised to reflect changes and advances in clinical practice, treatment protocols and current medical evidence.  The new edition provides extensive revisions to key topics, including: diagnosis; oral medications and their use; designing insulin treatment programs, including those involving intensive physiologic insulin replacement by injections and insulin pump therapy; the role of medical nutritional therapy and exercise; risk reduction and the treatment of microvascular and macrovascular complications; dealing with gender-specific issues; and educating diabetes patients on self-management techniques.  In addition, there are new chapters on obesity and treating diabetes in culturally diverse populations.

The Second Edition of Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook retains the many special and unique features that have proven invaluable to general practitioners and other healthcare professionals, including: a 35-page Medication Summaries section that describes each of the oral medications including brand name, indications, potential for hypoglycemia, adverse effects, dosage, drug interactions, contraindications and advice to patients. 
Included as well are patient nutrition assessments and guides for specific insulin regimens and adjustments.  The Deskbook also includes checklists for guiding the initiation, design and revision of a diabetes self-monitoring program; assessing medical history, physical exams and laboratory data; and evaluating women with diabetes who wish to become pregnant.
Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook – A Guide for Primary Care Providers, 2nd Edition, is available for $59.95 by calling 1-800-344-4501 or by visiting Joslin’s Online Store.  

About the Author 
Richard S. Beaser, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has more than 30 years of hands-on patient care experience at Joslin.  Dr. Beaser has been an investigator in a number of clinical trials including the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT).  He has authored several books including the Joslin Diabetes Manual, 12th Edition, Outsmarting Diabetes, and The Joslin Guide to Diabetes.  Currently, he is the Medical Executive Director of the Professional Education Department.