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Coping With Stress Through Relaxation

I hope that the holidays aren’t stressing you out. Whether they are or not, here’s something that can help.

In my blog entry last week ("Reducing Stress"), I wrote about reducing and avoiding sources of stress. That’s the best way to deal with stress—but sometimes you can’t eliminate the sources of stress from your life. So what can you do then? Here are some ideas:

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All Pumped Up—Again

At least last week ended on a high note, ’cause it started out as a comedy of errors.

Bright and early Monday morning, I crawled out of bed, got dressed, and drove to an oncologist’s office for a scheduled 8 AM interview for an article on colorectal cancer. There, I settled into a comfy sofa in the waiting room and watched the morning news while waiting for Susan, the clinic’s PR person/reporter-babysitter to arrive.

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If the Shoe Fits…

Are you sure that the shoes you wear are the right size for your feet? A recent study suggests that a large proportion of people with diabetes may be wearing the wrong size shoes, potentially exposing themselves to foot injuries that could lead to complications such as foot ulcers and amputation. Read More “If the Shoe Fits…”

Diabetes, Beer, Dinner, and Medical Students

This week, Eric continues writing about his involvement as a volunteer for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Family Centered Experience (FCE) program. He’s jumping right into it, so if you want some background, please visit last week’s entry ("My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience"). Oh, and because the program Eric’s writing about is the Family Centered Experience, he figures he may as well invite you in, just a little, so maybe you’ll feel you were sitting around the table too. Why? He’d like to see your comments on this post. Therefore, if you so choose, you can look at a few non-diabetes-related photos that may enhance your blog-reading experience. Eric’s interspersed a few links throughout this week’s entry. Read More “Diabetes, Beer, Dinner, and Medical Students”

Is Today’s Throwaway Society Going Too Far?

I broke a little piece of plastic off my insulin pump, so now I’m looking into getting a new pump. And, no, it isn’t like getting a new car when the ashtray gets full. It’s a bit more complicated than that.

You see, my pump works so well, I’ve used it for nearly one year past its warranty expiration date. Apparently, that’s a kiss of death in the pump repair arena. No warranty, no fix.

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Avandia: New Warning and Findings

The Type 2 diabetes drug rosiglitazone (brand names Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl) has continued to make headlines over the last month as a new warning, new prescribing recommendations, and new findings about one of its side effects have been published. As you may recall, an analysis of multiple clinical trials published earlier this year in The New England Journal of Medicine linked rosiglitazone to an increased risk of heart attack and triggered a storm of controversy about the drug’s safety (read more at "Type 2 Drug Avandia Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attacks"). Read More “Avandia: New Warning and Findings”

What We’re Reading: The Over-informed Patient?

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a recent article from Time magazine that has sparked controversy throughout the blogosphere. Called "When the Patient is a Googler," the article, written by orthopedic surgeon Scott Haig, M.D., looks at the phenomenon of the patient who comes to his or her appointment armed with medical information gleaned from Internet searches. Read More “What We’re Reading: The Over-informed Patient?”

My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience

About three months, ago I began a blog entry ("Addicted to Your Self-Management?") about a program my wife and I are participating in at the University of Michigan Medical School. It’s called the Family Centered Experience (FCE)—cofounded and directed by my endocrinologist, Dr. Arno Kumagai. I never followed up on that teaser entry because, while writing it, the topic veered off in another direction. Typical. And, after that, I became sidetracked as I typed in entry after entry about my insulin pump. Read More “My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience”

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