My seven-year-old wanted to know: since we have so few official days here in America where all the people get off work, why is this one in particular called "Labor Day"?

"Well... it's for all the people who work really hard every day. It's to celebrate them and their hard work," I fumbled to explain.

"Oh, like with diabetes, people have so much work every day," she replied.

Yikes! Is everything always all about the diabetes? Am I that bad?

Naw, I think it's just because she heard me mention Labor Day, and somehow thought it had something to do with this blog. Life can be a little hard to sort out when you're 7 (or 43).

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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In any case, for your day off — free of all responsibilities except the @#$%! diabetes — enjoy this DiabetesMine 2010 Labor Day vision, courtesy of beloved cartoon artist (and fellow acerbic type 1 diabetic) Haidee Merritt:

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