Just wanted to let you know we are dealing with some personal issues, and I hope to have the energy to begin posting again soon.
Thanks for your patience!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Posted by MaryBeth at 10:36 AM
JDRF has announced that it is partnering with Plureon Corporation, a biotechnology company based in Winston-Salem, N.C. that focuses on developing therapeutic applications of stem cells.
JDRF is providing $500,000 over two years of research funding aimed at developing an insulin-producing beta cell therapy product.
The results from this study may provide a new way to restore function of insulin-producing cells.
The project plans to use Plureon's technology platform to isolate adult stem cells from a Type 1 diabetes patient and re-program them to generate fully functional pancreatic beta-cells. The objective is to return the re-programmed insulin-producing cells back into the patient without the need for immunosuppressive agents, i.e., the patients own transplanted cells will be capable of glucose-dependent insulin secretion and the restoration of normal blood sugar levels.
Looks like something to keep an eye on.
Posted by MaryBeth at 9:43 AM
Friday, February 1, 2008
That's the song I woke up singing. It's been running through my head all morning and it's making me crazy. It all stems from Jake's blood sugar readings yesterday.
Stabilizing blood sugars is hard enough for a Type 1 Diabetic but when you throw in hormones, adrenaline and testosterone in a 14 year old, some days it makes for a crazy ride.
When he came home from school he called me to tell me his blood sugar had dropped 3 times. After reviewing what he had to eat (same as always), bolus (none because he was low), physical activity (none), we figured it was just "One Of Those Days"... you know when nothing about Diabetes seems to make any sense...there's no logic, no rhyme or reason, no explainations.
After having him check his blood sugar (113) and making sure he had a snack I felt reassured that he would be okay until I came home from work. An hour and a half later he told me he was feeling low. We did his blood sugar and it was 37. He's only been this low a few times and it's frightening for all of us. We plied him with juice and Reeses and kept a close eye on him for the rest of the night.
I hope we don't have to get back on the Merry Go 'Round for awhile. Too many rides in a row make me dizzy.
Posted by MaryBeth at 8:39 AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
According to JDRF new billing codes for the continuous glucose monitoring systems became effective January 1, 2008. Seperate billing codes are being issued for each component. The codes are : A9276 for the sensor, A9277 for the transmitter, and A9278 for the receiver.
Although many health plans are waiting for the results of studies like JDRF's CGM clinical trial before making a formal decision whether to cover the technology, many are paying for CGM on a case by case basis, and the codes will help facilitate that process. For tips to help those seeking coverage, got to www.jdrf.org/cgmcoverage.
Posted by MaryBeth at 10:22 AM