How much do you know about the subject? Not alot? Me neither. But that didn't stop Science and Health Channel editor Hsien-Hsien Lei from interviewing me on the topic. She wouldn't take no for an answer. See the interview HERE.
What I tried to get across was that us folks who actually live with chronic diseases tend to take a very pragmatic view of all things health-related. For us, this is not some untapped market, or even a career path (in most cases), but simply a matter of daily survival.
You'll note that they asked me how readers can best differentiate between the credible health/medical bloggers and the "disreputable operations" out there. They also asked me whether I thought the media had "over-hyped" the latest genetics research. And they asked me (of course) about stem cell research. All very important and relevant stuff! Answers are strictly my opinions, mind you. Just a journalist gal with a pancreas problem...
Editor Hsien-Hsien Lei (pronounced shen-shen lay), on the other hand, is a Stanford grad with a bachelor's in biology and a PhD from John's Hopkins in epidemiology. In addition to her work at Genetics and Health, she writes four different blogs -- two on health/medical topics and two on motherhood and life in general. Note that all of her blogs are hosted by b5media, the company that also hosts DiabetesNotes, where Rob Rummel-Hudson never fails to make me laugh.
My interview was the 22nd in Lei's excellent series of Genetics Interviews, mostly with researchers and company execs who really know their stuff. A few definitely worth checking out include: David Moskowitz of GenoMed, the company developing that insulin toothpaste (!); Rebecca Taylor of Mary Meets Dolly, a Catholics' guide to genetics, genetic engineering, and biotech; and Lisa Lee, Director of Content at at DNA Direct, which offers at-home clinical DNA testing for conditions such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Wanna get a little smarter about genetics issues? Then read them. Can't get enough of my blathering here at DiabetesMine.com? Then read me, of course ;)
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UPDATE 10/30/06 12:00 PST:
I've just heard from David Moskowitz of GenoMed that the company has run out of money to develop its insulin toothpaste idea. Boo! BUT: they have developed a "recipe" for preventing diabetic kidney failure, using higher than conventional doses of the right ACE inhibitor, for which they've applied for a "use" patent. "If we get it to people early enough, before they've lost more than half of their kidney function, we can reverse the process," Moskowitz writes.