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  1. The endocrinologist has agreed to put my daughter on a pump. Which pump brands are most popular? Which is more popular for girls? How can I help with her moodiness when her blood sugar is high? (21 Oct 2010)

  2. After her kidneys showed signs of damage following a period of poor diabetes control, my teen daughter went on lisinopril. Though she has worked hard to control her diabetes, recent tests were still elevated. Why is this? (20 Oct 2010)

  3. On NPH and NovoRapid, my daughter often has unexpected highs and lows. Would her blood sugars be more stable if she were on Levemir? (20 Oct 2010)

  4. A year ago, my three-year-old tested negative for antibodies through TrialNet. They recommended yearly testing. How often do peoples' antibodies change from negative to positive? What is the risk of developing type 1 with a negative antibody test? (20 Oct 2010)

  5. My nephew is experiencing great variances in his blood sugars on a daily basis. What is happening to his body when he's high and drops to a low in a short time period? (19 Oct 2010)

  6. Should I change endocrinologists to find someone to allow us to switch my son to a pump? Because my son's A1c is usually over 10, I am worried about damage, but our diabetes team will not approve a pump for him. (18 Oct 2010)

  7. Is it necessary to check for ketones? For a year and a half, we have not checked our son for ketones when he has highs, just made corrections. (18 Oct 2010)

  8. Although my son's blood sugar is in range two hours after higher fat meals, it goes up four to six hours later. What do you recommend for eliminating these highs? (18 Oct 2010)

  9. Diagnosed with type 1 two weeks ago, my daughter also had a UTI. She is still wetting the bed and urinating a lot. Could she still have a UTI or could it be something else? (13 Oct 2010)

  10. After six grand mal seizures in a day, my son was diagnosed with ketotic hypoglycemia, but I am concerned something else may be going on. What is your opinion? (13 Oct 2010)

  11. The school is insisting that my son check his blood sugar three times a day when the doctor recommended one check and is threatening to move my son to a school with a full time nurse. What are my rights to keep him at his current school? (13 Oct 2010)

  12. Can insulin be degraded in blood and ECF which become a reason for its decreased effectiveness? How do abnormal levels of HBA1c effect oxygen levels and results thereof? (5 Oct 2010)

  13. I am concerned that I have LADA or MODY because I am 20 kilograms underweight and have had pain in my shins. My A1c was under 5.0. What should I do? (5 Oct 2010)

  14. A student at our school keeps complaining of dizziness and forgetfulness. Today, he collapsed at recess. Should we be concerned? He was hospitalized over the weekend, but we are unsure anything happened. (5 Oct 2010)

The Diabetes Team

Bill Jones, MD (Specialist in the management of diabetes during pregnancy, member since April 1997)
Marco Songini, MD (Italy) (Pediatric, adolescent, and adult endocrinologist and diabetologist, member since April 1997)
Larry Deeb, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since July 1998)
John Schulga, MBChB MRCGP MRCP FRCPCH (UK) (Consultant Paediatrician in childhood and adolescent diabetes and endocrinology, member since July 1999)
Stuart Brink, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since October 1999)
Matthew Brown, MD (Pediatrician and a Pediatric Diabetologist, member since January 2000)
Jim Lane, MD (Adult Endocrinologist, member since November 2000)
David Schwartz, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since May 2001)
Andrea Scaramuzza, MD (Italy) (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since October 2003)
Fran Kaufman, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since August 2006)
Linda DiMeglio, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist)

Barb Schreiner, RN, MPH, CDE (Diabetes Nurse Specialist, member since July 2002)
Jane Seley, RN, GNP, MPH, MSN, CDE, CHES (Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, member since August 2002)
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW (Family Therapist, member since April 2010)
Linda Mackowiak, RN, MS, FNP, CDE (Diabetes Nurse Specialist)

Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD (Medical Psychology and Psychiatry, member since January 2000)

James Michael Schurig, MS, RD, LD, CDE (Dietitian, member since December 2000)

Exercise Physiologists
Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S (Sports Medicine, member since July 2004)

Lois Schmidt Finney, RD, MPH, CDE (DPT-1 Research Coordinator, member since July 1998)
Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE (Clinical Diabetes Research and Education Coordinator, member since July 1998)

Social Workers
Debbie Butler, CDE, MSW, LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, member since October 2004)

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