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World Diabetes Day 2000

World Diabetes Day 2000 focused on “Diabetes and Lifestyle in the New Millennium”. It was an occasion to (re)discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the ways in which to lead such a lifestyle. The impact of lifestyle on diabetes cannot be under-estimated and the theme in 2000 was the occasion to re-address this issue.

Website for kids offer support

With the advent of the internet and the World Wide Web came the perfect medium to unite families who have children with diabetes. Highly interactive, always available, I realized that the World Wide Web is ideal for an online community. In July 1995, I created Children with Diabetes, childrenwithdiabetes.com, the world’s first website devoted to families with children with diabetes.

Eighty nobel prize winners appeal to President Bush

US President George W Bush received a letter that came straight to the point. “We urge you to support stem cell research.” This appeal did not waste words. The signatories had already said and done enough that is meaningful: no less than eighty of the signatures were Nobel prize winners. Stem cell research promises help to numerous people affected by chronic diseases and illnesses. The supporting argument is that if the embryos are to be destroyed anyway, would it not be better if they could be used to save the chronically ill.

Russian site offers wide range of services

One cannot think of today’s world without computers and the internet. This is only natural – the internet alone creates immense opportunities for establishing and managing a global structure that could generate almost all known forms of human communication and cooperation and serve an unlimited number of users simultaneously. This article makes an attempt at showing the practical potential of the internet by looking at an existing structure.

How to develop a diabetes association: a case study on the Icelandic Diabetes Association

In Issue 3 1999 of Diabetes Voice, Dr Ástrádur Hreidarsson of the Endocrinology and Diabetic Clinics at the National University Hospital in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, wrote about how diabetes care is managed in this sparsely populated country. In the past two years, many further developments have taken place as a result of a close cooperation between the Icelandic Diabetes Association and the other Nordic countries.

Brazilian website brings together people involved in diabetes

How much time is necessary to learn about the important discoveries on the treament of diabetes? Nowadays, only a couple of minutes. This is the importance of internet to millions of people with diabetes all over the world. The internet has shortened all the distances, opening a new channel of communication.

Delivering the message through effective advocacy

Diabetes is spreading across the world at an epidemic rate. Since making a decision to increase its attention to advocacy in 1994, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has led numerous successful advocacy efforts. Providing information to policy makers is crucial. Nevertheless, even with the economic facts in hand, it remains important to use them in such a way that will bring about governmental action to support research and programmes aimed at conquering diabetes.

Getting governements to listen to economic facts

Over £5.2 billion a year – 9 percent of the entire National Health Service budget – is spent on diabetes and its complications in the UK. There is no doubt that diabetes is a significant health economic issue here, as it is elsewhere in the world. Although diabetes is not consistently high on the government’s priority list, Diabetes UK has been successful in forming a strong lobby, which is increasing in political weight.

www.diabetesonestop.com - worth stopping for

The internet has everything you could wish to know about diabetes. The problem is finding it! Anyone looking for information needs an authoritative site which is fresh, independent, easy to navigate and, most of all, kept up to date. Dr Tony O’Sullivan, Honorary Secretary of the Irish Diabetes Association, took a look at www.diabetesonestop.com of the publishers John Wiley and Sons, UK, to see if it measures up. Dressed in full surfing gear, he cranked up his computer and took to the ether for a look around. This was his verdict.

World Diabetes Day 2001: diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Reducing the Burden: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease was the theme of World Diabetes Day this year, celebrated on 14 November, a date that has become central to the whole diabetes world. The date was chosen several years ago to commemorate the birth of Frederick Banting, the first who conceived the idea which lead to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

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