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If you are old enough to remember the original Mission Impossible shows, then you probably remember the small cassette player that had a self-destructing tape that gave Mr. Phelps (played by Peter Graves) his mission. Each time, the show started with Phelps going to a private location and finding the tape …

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Don’t Blame All Symptoms on Glucose Levels

A woman, 72 years of age, type 2 diabetes, obesity, taking metformin, GLP1, ARB, and antidepressant (SSRI). Lost 20% total body weight in the past year. Recently complaining of dizziness and weakness. Glucose levels in the 60’s at home, at which time had symptoms of hypoglycemia. Glucose-lowering medications (metformin and GLP-1) were stopped. Continued to complain of dizziness and weakness especially in the morning.

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #17: Development and Maintenance of the Islet Beta Cell Part 1 of 4

The discovery of insulin by Banting and Best in the early 1920s marked the beginning of a new era of diabetes research that focused on the study of insulin and the biology of the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas. In the ensuing decades, although much was learned regarding the synthesis, structure, and action of insulin, the developmental origins of insulin-producing β cells remained ambiguous.

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March 26, 2016

Now that the political parties have narrowed the field on both sides of the aisle, they are finally starting to talk about issues instead of throwing barbs at each other. This in no way means that there won’t be a whole lot of mudslinging in the next eight months, but …

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