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June 3, 2009, Issue #471

A couple of weeks ago we had a new product blurb about Cycloset™, an old drug with a new indication for diabetes. Many of you wrote to ask me for information on how the medication works and where the idea came from. I had our current PharmD candidate, Robert Fredenrich, do some additional research for you. Click here to read Birds, Migration and Diabetes.

Later this week we will be at the 69th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. We will be looking for new research on diabetes, medications and devices. According to the preliminary program there is going to be a lot of information on diabetes care in the hospital and primary care practice. We will also be trying to sort through the loads of expected data on tight control in the ICU. Be sure to check our ADA wrap up next week.

TCOYD Diabetes Conference June 20, 2009, Sacramento, CA. TCOYD Diabetes Conference comes to the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, CA. Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a nonprofit diabetes education organization, is hosting a conference, lunch and health fair from 8 am to 5 pm. The conference will feature national and local medical experts offering informative and motivational programs in diabetes care for people with all types of diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, and their loved ones. This program will focus on diabetes and the Native American. To register or get more information, call (800) 998-2693 or visit http://www.tcoydcme.org

dLife: June 7, 7PM ET on CNBC
We’re facing the toughest economic times in decades, and those with diabetes can be hit especially hard. We’ll have one family’s story. Plus, find out how to get the most out of your health insurance benefits. And Chef Michel Nischan prepares a low-carb seafood dish just bursting with nutrients—and flavor! Find out more each week: Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT.

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Check out this week’s “Test Your DIABETES Knowledge” question.

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-Chief, CDE, FACA