Some Days Are for the Birds

"Is that a real bird?" my cleaning lady asked on Monday.

"No," I said without looking, thinking she was talking about a toy bird that had come off the cats’ scratching whatzit.

A minute later, I glanced down at the cats, who were leaping around closer to where I was sitting. "It is a real bird!" I exclaimed. "Where did that come from?"

Welcome to my world.

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What We’re Reading: Time for Sleep?

If you’ve ever vowed to get to sleep early, only to find yourself falling into bed at half past midnight wondering where all the time went, you’re not alone. For many people, sleep takes a backseat to other, seemingly more pressing matters. But getting adequate, quality sleep isn’t just about having a beauty rest. This week, we’re reading about how sleep deprivation is linked with some very real health effects. Read More “What We’re Reading: Time for Sleep?”

Symlin Now Available in a Pen

The injected diabetes drug pramlintide (brand name Symlin) is now available in pen form. Drug manufacturer Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced this week that two new prefilled, pen-injector devices—the SymlinPen 120 and the SymlinPen 60—are now on the market to make the process of injecting mealtime doses of pramlintide simpler and more convenient. Until this week, pramlintide was only available in vials. Read More “Symlin Now Available in a Pen”

What We’re Reading: Reactions to the ADA’s New Guidelines

As we reported in a few days ago in the blog entry "ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss," the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently released its 2008 Clinical Practice Recommendations. A major change since last year is the ADA’s recognition of low-carbohydrate diets as an option for weight loss. This change has drawn mixed reactions from diabetes bloggers across the Web. Read More “What We’re Reading: Reactions to the ADA’s New Guidelines”

ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss

On Friday, December 28, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued its 2008 Clinical Practice Recommendations, which are a set of guidelines that help health-care providers treat people with diabetes based on the most current scientific evidence. One key change in this year’s recommendations is the inclusion of low-carbohydrate diets as an option for people with diabetes who are trying to lose weight. Read More “ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss”

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