Joslin Communications Internship Opportunity

Joslin Diabetes Center Communications Department is looking for a part-time intern interested in multimedia communications. The intern would assist in developing content for the Joslin website, blog and social media covering lifestyle management, Joslin events, and scientific and clinical advancements. Depending on interest, the intern would also have the opportunity to learn about and take part in video production.

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Running Across the U.S., Spreading Diabetes Awareness

Doug Masiuk on his run across the United States.

This guest post is written by Doug Masiuk, who has type 1 diabetes. Doug ran across the United States and speaking about diabetes along the way.

On May 20th my feet were in the Pacific Ocean.  This was me taking a first step.  One connected to millions of others.  A person with diabetes.  I was trying to become the first person with type 1 to run across the United States, over 3,400 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic, San Francisco to New York.  Two hundred and forty elite runners have run across the United States since the Civil War. In 2012 a person with type 1 was trying to be added to this list.

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See Inside Pediatrics at Joslin Diabetes Center!

Come on a tour of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs with Child Life Specialists Micaela Francis, M.S., C.C.L.S., and Jennifer Griffin, M.S., C.C.L.S., and hear about what makes Joslin Pediatrics unique from Lori Laffel, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Section.

Find out more by visiting Joslin Pediatrics online at Joslin.org.

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right with Joslin’s Nutrition Staff

March is National Nutrition Month and is a great time to focus on health and wellbeing. So what better time to remind yourself that eating healthy, nutritious foods can be done in a delicious way?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, chose the theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” to celebrate the month this year. Here at Joslin Diabetes Center, Nora Saul, M.S, R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E, and the nutrition department staff are capitalizing on the theme of “taste” through several events to educate patients on eating deliciously right.

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How Gastric Surgeries Actually Work

Allison Goldfine, M.D., studies the effectiveness of bariatric surgery for weight loss and type 2 diabetes treatment.

A lot of people think that gastric surgeries work by making you eat less. True — but that’s only part of the story.

With about 35 percent of adult Americans considered obese, many people are looking for long-term fixes with rapid results. Approximately 140,000 people in the United States get bariatric surgery each year. These weight-loss surgeries are accompanied by significant health improvements, including a reduction in cholesterol levels and blood glucose numbers. In fact, for people who are obese with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery is becoming a go-to for treatment.

“There are multiple mechanisms by which people lose weight from these surgeries,” said Allison Goldfine, M.D., head of the section on Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research at Joslin Diabetes Center. “Breaking apart the different mechanisms and understanding the combinations that are important are active areas of investigation for many scientists around the world.“

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Join Joslin Pediatrics for Fun Year-round!

Every year, Joslin Pediatrics hosts events designed to let families with children who have diabetes connect with one another and with the pediatrics staff. Micaela Francis, M.S., C.C.L.S., and Jennifer Griffin, M.S., C.C.L.S., Child Life Specialists, talk about the Teddy Bear Clinics, tours of Fenway Park, an evening of Summer Magic, and the Halloween party.

Find out more by visiting Joslin Pediatrics online at Joslin.org.

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The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes Medications on Weight

Dr. Osama Hamdy is the author of The Diabetes Breakthrough and the Director of the Why WAIT program at Joslin.

This post is written by Osama Hamdy, M.D.,Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program, Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management at Joslin Diabetes Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In my last blog post, I discussed how targeting weight loss can be an effective step in managing diabetes. And, I mentioned, it is often a good idea to consider whether your diabetes medications can actually cause you to gain weight.

Medications that cause weight-gain:

  • Medications like glyburide and glipizide are effective in lowering blood glucose but they generally cause weight gain. If you must take them, using the extended-release versions (glipizide XL or glimepiride) is preferable.
  • Although Actos (pioglitzone) and Avandia (rosiglitazone) increase insulin action, they generally cause significant weight gain.
  • Insulin is the strongest diabetes medication.  Its use, in general also causes significant weight gain. In the Why WAIT program, we used certain types of insulin and novel techniques to minimize the impact of insulin on body weight. This method is described in details in “The Diabetes Breakthrough.”

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Joslin Dietitians Comment on Proposed New Food Label

This commentary is by the Nutrition Staff at Joslin Diabetes Center. Click here to learn more about Nutrition Programs at Joslin.

The ubiquitous Nutrition Facts label that adorns all packaged foods in the United States maybe getting a face lift if the proposed changes recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 26 go through.  The aim of the makeover is to both align the label’s contents with current scientific understanding of how nutrition affects chronic disease and make to it easier for the public to quickly make healthier choices.

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What is a Child Life Specialist?

Learn about Child Life at Joslin with Micaela Francis, M.S., C.C.L.S., and Jennifer Griffin, M.S., C.C.L.S.!

Child Life Specialists are child development professionals who specialize in supporting children, adolescents and their families through illness, injury and healthcare experiences. We work closely with other pediatric team members to help reduce your child’s stress and to promote normal growth and development.

Find out more by visiting Joslin Pediatrics online at Joslin.org.

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A Spoonful of Ginger Marks a Milestone with its 10th Anniversary and Honors Dr. George King

The Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) team at Joslin Diabetes Center.

In 2000, George King, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Joslin, and his wife Diana co-founded the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) with four other families, including Sally and Larry Ho, Evelyn and Larry Wing, Jean and Gene Chin, and Eugene and Lai Wong, at Joslin Diabetes Center in response to the rising rates of diabetes within the Asian American population. Fast-forward to 14 years later and Dr. King will be honored for his many years of leadership and dedication at the 10th anniversary of A Spoonful of Ginger, the AADI’s annual event to promote awareness and raise funds for their diabetes care, education, community outreach and research programs.

“I am flattered that the AADI chose to honor me at Ginger, but the work is really done by multiple people,” said Dr. King. “It has been an exciting and rewarding 14 years.”

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