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The diabetes media hype: what's true, and what's false

Pretty much on a daily basis, we’re bombarded by media announcements of research findings and scientific “breakthroughs” telling us what to do and what not to do; what to eat and what not to eat; what pills to take and what not to take; what might or might not be causing important medical conditions and so on and so on. Some of these reports could be wrong because they’re based on bad science. Some may be misleading because, even though they’re based on good science, they’re just chance findings. Occasionally they may be true and need to be taken seriously.

¡Fuera lo viejo, que entre lo nuevo!

Tras mi retiro, hace algunos años, una de las grandes novedades que llegaron a mi vida fue poder, por primera vez, entregar un capítulo de un libro de texto a tiempo. Ya no hay excusas buenas para la procrastinación; no hay crisis laborales que puedan interceder en el proceso de escritura, tan sólo tiempo libre sin interrupciones para ponerse a ello y acabarlo.

A technological leap for improved diabetes awareness and education

In our world today, there are people who are more likely to have access to a mobile phone and digital technology than clean water, a bank account, or even a source of electricity. In the year 2000, it was estimated that 394 million Internet users were scattered across the world.

Out with the old, in with the new

Following my retirement a few years ago, one of the great novelties that came my way was to be able, for once in my life, to submit a commissioned text-book chapter pretty well on time. No more good excuses for procrastination; no work-based crises to intercede in the writing process, just uninterrupted free time to get on with it and finish it.

Together our voice is stronger

Even in the middle of the 20th century news and information was communicated rigorously to a small yet developing network of professionals connected to diabetes. IDF was critical then to the dissemination of news and information and it remains so today in 2014.    

News from Vienna

In September last, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) held its 50th Annual Meeting in Vienna. In his opening address, EASD President, Andrew Bolton, referred to the momentous decisions that had been made in that city 100 years previously.  Austria-Hungary's intention, that it should wage a short and localised punitive war against Serbia, didn't work out quite as planned.

IDF’s global village

It’s relatively common to speak of the “global village” today. The growth of technology like the Internet and mobile devices helps shrink the distance between any two points on the map, opening communication between diverse populations.  In more specific terms, the global village brings people together and fosters awareness on important issues affecting our world, such as the global burden of diabetes.

Getting it right – all the way

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – so the saying goes. The diabetes journey begins with the diagnosis and to get that journey started in the right direction it has to be the right diagnosis, not only whether or not it’s diabetes but also exactly what type of diabetes is it? As articles in this Issue make plain, the wrong diagnosis will get that journey off to a very bad start.

United in our vision to save sight

Sir Michael Hirst, Persident IDF (2013-2015):

Building bridges for diabetes prevention and treatment

Linda Siminerio, Diabetes Voice Guest Editor:

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