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Parents have no right in spanking you - Or do they? That could be another persuasive speech topic

Google Stillstand? Seit gut einer Woche taucht kein einziger Artikel, den wir schreiben, in den Index aufgenommen. Hat jemand ahnliche Erfahrungen? Normalerweise dauert das nur 1-2 Tage bis Google die Artikel im Index auffuhrt. Gehts es anderen auch so?

hi Scott - thanks so much for your thoughts. I guess we should've pointed out that the point of the documentary was the global epidemic, which actually is more focused on type 2 - however, type 1 certainly too has "mini-epidemics" going on (like in the under 5 set and the over 30). I wish that there were registries in the US, because even the number of type 1 patients is largely disputed, from ~1.3 million estimated by ADA to over 3.0 million by JDRF - this is a massive difference! I'm so glad you pointed this out - the enthusiasm from us also stems from all we know about Dr. Kaufman's work at UC Children's - there are so few that we can think of that are more devoted to type 1 patients! She has been a longstanding advocate for research and reimbursement focused both on improving the lives of those with type 1 in particular (for example, pumps and continuous monitoring, which are used more by type 1) as well as on research for a cure. I realize had I not known this, my reaction may have been more like yours. The documentary did point out for example though all the issues in obtaining insulin for those in regions of Africa - in some countries, they said, like Mozambique, the average life expectancy of someone with type 1 is under a year because people don't get insulin. Whew. Thanks so much for your view - in many ways, type 1 and type 2 diabetes should just have different names!

Personally, I was somewhat disappointed in Dr. Kaufman's documentary because it was almost exclusively about type 2 diabetes, as if type 1 was merely a comparison point or something, but hardly a word or explanation went into defining the differences, or the increasing worldwide prevalence of type 1 and what might be behind that. And then doctors wonder why patients with type 1 feek disengaged from bigger diabetes picture, while they simultaneously marginalize this group at every possible opportunity except to try point at this group as a success in the worldwide "diabetes epidemic". Sorry, but I did not think this documentary was worthy of CME credits, as when it was all said and done, it looked too much like the stuff we see in the daily press.

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