The annual Star_monumentmeeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) starts today in Washington, DC. This event promises to bring together about 5,000 experts and educators for both an expo and a series of courses on the latest and greatest in D-care. This year's theme is "Monumental Opportunities," an obvious reference to the capital city venue, and also an allusion to just how BIG diabetes has become.

One organizer is quoted as saying: "Even five years ago, diabetes wasn't the hot issue that it is today... Diabetes is on the front page of newspapers and on the evening news. As diabetes educators we need to take advantage of the public's heightened awareness of the disease in order to secure the future of our profession. Now is the time." Presumably, they're looking to secure a positive future for patients as well. Anyone talking CURE here?!

Anyway, a downloadable conference newspaper lets you follow the Daily News Online if you are so inclined.

One of the biggest wow's promises to be the unvieling of the OmniPod tubeless pump (which I wrote about a few weeks ago). As one of my readers, Alexis, notes: we're not sure if "introduced" means "telling the world all about it," or actually "available now." If you are seriously interested, you can sign up for a company newsletter at the OmniPod link above. Stay tuned.

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

American Diabetes Association Names New CEO
Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.

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