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  1. Do you have any information pertaining to research projects involving human cord blood stem cells? Should I consider banking my daughter's baby teeth which may also contain useful stem cells? (31 May 2011)

  2. Our family doctor recommended melatonin for some mild insomnia my teen son has been having lately. Is there a reason to be concerned about its use? The label says it's not for use by people with autoimmune diseases. (17 May 2011)

  3. My son was recently diagnosed with type 1. How close is the cure? Is there a vaccine to preserve the remaining beta cells? What can you tell me about the use of Vitalzym and Protocel? (17 May 2011)

  4. For the past several months, I have been experiencing hypoglycemic unawareness. Is this a form of neuropathy? If so, what is the cure? Is it exacerbated by alcohol? Does food or diet help one become more sensitive? (15 May 2011)

  5. Last year, my son had positive antibodies for type 1. He has been taking 1.5 units of Lantus in the morning. In recent blood work, his insulin level was quite high. Is that because he has been on Lantus? Shouldn't his insulin level have been lower given his blood sugar at that time was 182 mg/dl [10.1 mmol/L]? (13 May 2011)

  6. Initially, my son's diagnosis was type 2, but it was changed to type 1.5 after antibody testing. What diagnosis do his test results indicate? (11 May 2011)

  7. My teen son's meter and sensor indicated mostly in range numbers, but his A1c remains elevated. The clinic is confused and wants my son admitted to monitor his blood sugars. Have you heard of this before? (9 May 2011)

  8. A young dietitian told my teen son that he can eat whatever he wants because he's on a pump. Does a pump actually give a type 1 diabetic this much freedom? (4 May 2011)

  9. My son's endocrinologist has said diabetes is a progressive disease. Does this mean that the HbA1c worsens with time and that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep the blood sugars well controlled? Is an A1c under 6.5 more difficult the longer one has diabetes? (4 May 2011)

  10. My daughter has lost some weight and has been urinating every night. Her blood sugar was 108 mg/dl [6 mmol/L]. What does this mean? Is there anything I can do to lower it? (2 May 2011)

  11. My eight-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with hyperinsulinism and prescribed metformin. Should I seek another opinion? Could there be another underlying issue? Might she have PCOS? (1 May 2011)

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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