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Cop's Daring Move Stops Runaway Semi

Driver apparently passed out due to diabetic episode

(Newser) - A Nebraska sheriff's deputy jumped into the cab of a runaway semitrailer after the driver apparently passed out at the wheel, stopping the vehicle from possibly crashing off a busy viaduct bridge. Deputies responding to a 911 call about a reckless semi on US Highway 81 caught up with... More »

Guy Thinks Date Died, Buries Her—Alive

Moroccan man in custody, says he panicked

(Newser) - It's hard to gauge people you meet online. Are they the kind of person who, when you pass out during a diabetic episode, a) get you proper medical attention, or b) freak out and bury your unconscious-yet-very-much-alive body in their backyard? It turns out that when 25-year-old Frenchwoman Mina... More »

2nd Hospital Warns 1.9K of Possible HIV Exposure

Olean General says risk is low

(Newser) - A second western New York hospital is notifying patients that they may have been exposed to HIV , hepatitis B, or hepatitis C through the improper sharing of insulin pens, hospital officials said today. Olean General Hospital was mailing letters to 1,915 patients who received insulin at the hospital from... More »

700 Possibly Exposed to HIV at Buffalo VA

Insulin pens were accidentally reused at hospital

(Newser) - More than 700 patients at the Buffalo VA Medical Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, says the Veterans Administration. Authorities said there is a "very small risk" for the diabetic patients who may have been exposed... More »

Airport Scanner Breaks Teen's Insulin Pump

She was told to get scanned despite note from doctor

(Newser) - TSA agents forced a Denver teen to go to through a full-body scanner, which broke her $10,000 insulin pump, according to the girl. Savannah Barry, 16, says she approached agents with a letter from her doctor, and told them about the pump, but she was told to go through... More »

366M Now Have Diabetes

And report says numbers are growing

(Newser) - The diabetes epidemic is getting worse, the International Diabetes Federation said today, estimating that 366 million people across the globe now have the disease. In comments delivered at a European meeting in Lisbon, the group called the numbers "staggering," noting that 4.6 million people die of diabetes... More »

Diabetic Walgreens Worker Fired for Taking Chips

Her blood sugar was low, but chain has zero-tolerance policy

(Newser) - What's worth more: An employee who's worked for 18 years with an unblemished record, or a $1.39 bag of chips? For Walgreens, the latter. Josefina Hernandez, a diabetic employee at a San Francisco Walgreens store, grabbed a bag of chips to boost her blood sugar when she... More »

Medical Monitors: New Domain for Hackers?

Diabetic shows how devices can be manipulated

(Newser) - Even the human bloodstream isn't safe from computer hackers—a security researcher who is diabetic has identified flaws that could allow an attacker to remotely control insulin pumps and alter the readouts of blood-sugar monitors. As a result, diabetics could get too much or too little insulin, a hormone... More »

Aggressive Treatment Doesn't Help Diabetics

Findings reverse current thinking, may cut costs

(Newser) - Rigorous treatment to lower blood pressure or cholesterol below current guidelines does not benefit—and may actually hurt—diabetics, a new study shows. The findings, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest doctors may have to find new ways to treat diabetic patients. But that's not entirely... More »

Early Drug Regimen Helps Diabetics Later: Study

Study shows long-term benefits for rigorous initial treatment

(Newser) - A new study pushes for early, rigorous drug treatment of diabetes, even in people diagnosed with reversible type 2, Reuters reports. Diabetics given an intense drug regimen soon after diagnosis reduce their risk of heart attacks and reap long-term benefits from that medical attention, even if they become less mindful... More »

New Procedure Gives Hope to Diabetics

UK treatment ends insulin dependency for type 1 sufferers

(Newser) - Car crashes, comas, sudden stabbings, divorces – all are being indirectly diminished as Britain spearheads a new procedure to help sufferers of type 1 diabetes. Victims of the growing disorder are often subject to fits and blackouts as they scramble for insulin, but a new operation is offering hope: already... More »

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