How an obsolete medical device with a security flaw became a must-have for some patients with type 1 diabetes. In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic pumps could be exploited for a DIY revolution.

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Will it be useful? As more people get genetic testing to assess their risk of getting cancers and other serious conditions, diabetes has been almost entirely left out — largely because of the difficulty of developing a useful test

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Life and Limb

March 6, 2019

‘It’s Kind of Crazy in a Developed Country’: Inside the Amputation Crisis in the Rio Grande Valley

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China’s fitness-is-best message has largely been the handiwork of Coca-Cola and other Western food and beverage giants, according to a pair of new studies that document how those companies have helped shape decades of Chinese science and public policy on obesity and illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension

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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning

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Maria del Carmen Abadía lives in one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it’s undrinkable

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In type 1 diabetes, the body engages in warfare with itself, the immune system mistakenly treating the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas as a harmful invader, destroying the cells along with the body’s ability to regulate sugar. Typically diagnosed in youth, it has no cure, and patients face a lifetime of insulin injections and complications

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Now they’re guilty of his murder. Alexandru Radita’s first medical crisis began when he was on the verge of turning 3. His parents brought him — thirsty, feverish, vomiting and suffering from abdominal pain — to a hospital in British Columbia in December 2000. Lab tests confirmed that young Alex had Type 1 diabetes

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