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  1. What Rare Disease Day Can Mean for the T1D Community

    A T1D research analyst attends festivities to mark Rare Disease Day and thinks about how much these patient populations have in common with the T1D community. February 28th is Rare Disease Day. To mark the day, I and a colleague from T1D Exchange took the short walk from the Exchange’s office over to the UMass […]

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  1. Word Choice Matters in Diabetes Care

    A noted certified diabetes educator describes why we need to move toward language that celebrates the strengths of people with diabetes instead of their weaknesses. Language can create hope or take it away. When someone calls you or child “non-compliant” or writes “uncontrolled” on your chart, it may have a real impact on your well-being. […]

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  2. Pitcher with Type 1 Diabetes Signs $21 Million Contract

    Brandon Morrow signs with the Chicago Cubs after appearing in the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (photo courtesy of Major League Baseball) The Chicago Cubs just made a very large financial bet on the continued health of a 33-year-old pitcher with type 1 diabetes, as they announced this month that they had signed […]

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  3. Insulin for Life’s Hurricane Relief Effort

      T1D Exchange reached out to Dr. Mark Atkinson and Carol Atkinson, who have been working around the clock to get insulin and supplies to people affected by the hurricanes. Carol Atkinson, Director at Insulin for Life USA, speaks with T1D Exchange’s Dr. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty about the current needs of Insulin for Life to help […]

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  1. Medicare and CGM Coverage: A New Landscape

    Background: Medicare was virtually the last large insurer not to cover CGM The type 1 diabetes community achieved a long sought and hard fought victory on January 12, 2017, when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would cover Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). This came after a decision from the Food […]

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  2. The Eternal Optimist: Seeing Diabetes through a New Lens

    Laughter in the lunch line. Running in the halls. Hugs all around. This is the essence of Friends for Life, the annual family-centric conference hosted by Children with Diabetes (CWD) every summer in Orlando, Florida. One cannot attend Friends for Life without feeling the powerful embrace of others who live just like you. The colored […]

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  3. For Some Providers, Patient Burden is a Top Focus

    A recent blog post by Riva Greenberg made its way through the DOC (diabetes online community) last week, creating a vibrant conversation between people with type 1 diabetes and patient advocates. The post was in response to a quote by Victor Montori, M.D., who made claims about health care providers ignoring the “work of being […]

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  4. A Glu Milestone Pushes T1D Exchange Research Forward

    Here at T1D Exchange, we are pleased to announce our online patient community Glu has reached a milestone! The number of registered community users reached (and has already passed) 20,000! 20,000 individuals personally touched by type 1 diabetes makes a big difference in our work to improve outcomes and accelerate research. Here’s a glimpse of […]

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  5. CMS Announces CGM Coverage for Medicare Patients; T1D Exchange Data Supported Decision

    The diabetes community is rejoicing over today’s announcement that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have published new criteria for covering the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) system for all people with diabetes on intensive insulin therapy. This decision comes after years of hard work, rigorous studies and advocacy by many […]

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