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7-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes dies, Japanese “exorcist” arrested

Published December 3, 2015

A Japanese man claiming to be an exorcist has been arrested following the death of a 7-year-old boy whose parents ceased his insulin treatment. Hiroji Kondo, 60, was arrested on suspicion of persuading the parents of Shun Imai to stop giving him insulin. Shun’s parents have also been questioned ...


The man who discovered insulin – and gave it to the world for free

Frederick Banting, insulin, World Diabetes Day
Published November 13, 2015
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In 1923, Frederick Banting and his team won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of insulin. Before then, the only way for people with type 1 diabetes to control their blood glucose was on a “starvation diet,” which is exactly what it sounds like.


College football star Mark Andrews overcomes severe hypoglycemia to follow his dreams

Published October 16, 2015

American football star Mark Andrews has twice been left unresponsive following severe hypoglycemia, but insists that type 1 diabetes will not dominate his life. Andrews, who is a tight end for the Oklahoma Sooners – a college football team – was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age ...


American kids consume 12 per cent of calories from fast food

Published September 23, 2015
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Children in American receive 12 per cent of their calories from fast food, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. But, why is this the case? Are the families of children to blame, or is the marketing prowess of food companies too powerful for parents to control? The worrying ...


Man pushes ball for diabetes awareness

erik bendl
Published September 10, 2015
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Erik Bendl has devised an unusual method for raising diabetes awareness: he pushes around a large globe, six foot in diameter. He calls himself World Guy. Erik walks and walks. Every night he stops in a new town. Along with his dog, Nice, he’s pushed that globe all over the states. And he ...


Diabetic man dies in jail from diabetes-related complications

Published September 4, 2015
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The New York Times have published a video showing a diabetic man’s final hours after he died in New York City’s main jail complex from diabetes-related complications. Rikers Island jail complex has come under criticism after 45-year-old Carlos Mercado slowly died over 14 hours, carrying a bag ...


6 aspects of diabetes burnout, and how you can overcome them

Published August 21, 2015
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Diabetes burnout occurs when the stress of managing diabetes becomes too much. The relentless need to medicate and test blood glucose levels can be draining, and diabetes burnout can lead to people being neglectful. Disregarding blood glucose levels, missing doctor appointments and forgetting ...


5 things that everyone can do to raise diabetes awareness

Published August 11, 2015
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Diabetes awareness is often highlighted as being inadequate among the general public, especially when it is misrepresented or misunderstood in the media. Fitness company Crossfit didn’t help last month after they tweeted “open diabetes” as an ironic slogan for Coca-Cola, drawing the ire of type ...


The tragic story of Raghad Hasoun, the 11-year-old diabetic refugee who died after traffickers threw her insulin overboard

Raghad Hasoun
Published July 29, 2015
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Eyas Hasoun knew that throwing the bag of insulin overboard would mean his daughter’s death, but, faced with a crowd of men armed with assault rifles, he never really had a choice. She died on the fifth day without insulin. “She was fading,” said Mr. Hasoun. “She ...


How can dogs detect hypos? Meet the PhD student trying to find out

Credit: Allison Devereaux/CBC)
Published July 15, 2015
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A Canadian student is hoping to deliver scientific evidence that dogs can be trained to detect changes in blood glucose levels. Catherine Reeve, a PhD student at Dalhousie University, is hoping her study will assist in the training of diabetic service dogs. Hypo alert dogs are specifically ...

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