I'm horribly behind in the MailBag Department. Here are some wonderful, sad, and interesting bits recently passed along that I'd like to share:

* An Oral History of Diabetes is a project like no other. This recently completed UK Website features audio recordings of the life-stories of 50 people diagnosed with diabetes between 1927 and 1997 (mostly the bad old days for diabetes). The interviewees talk candidly about how they lived and what it was like back then. Check it out.

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* Next up is the kind of thing that at once breaks my heart and scares me to death: a lovely 42yr old woman dies of diabetes without hardly knowing she has developed complications. Bless you, Liz.

* A reader (MB) writes: "I have developed a tool called the Insulin Helper which does all the math for those using Intensive Insulin Management. If you are interested, it is at www.mistebar.com."

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.
Metformin: A Great Lakes Disaster?
Wisconsin researchers find diabetes drug being discharged into Lake Michigan, affecting fish.

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Now I have no idea if the program's any good, but here's a marketing tip: use "no math" in your product literature, and you've got me right there!

* Another writes: "SmartCare has developed a new diabetes treatment. Offices are about to open in Utah and California. It is amazing." Unfortunately, I lost the original email (doh!) and couldn't find much on the Web -- only passing mention of SmartCare's "proprietary medical technology for treatment and reversal of diabetes." I'm intrigued. Anybody know anything on this one?

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