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  1. Six years after diagnosis, my teen daughter refuses to discuss her diabetes. She's had poor control for the last two years and wants no help determining the cause of overnight highs. How can she be persuaded to accept help? (27 Sep 2011)

  2. My daughter has developed lipoatrophy on her upper right leg. What can we do to get rid of the depression? Would a longer pen needle help? (27 Sep 2011)

  3. Because of some accidents, I checked my son's blood sugars. Some seemed a bit elevated, but laboratory work showed small ketones, normal blood glucose. Should I take him to an endocrinologist? (27 Sep 2011)

  4. My toddler recently had some elevated blood sugars at home. The pediatrician told me they were a fluke. With a family history, could he be in the early stages of type 1? Should I try to take him to an endocrinologist? (23 Sep 2011)

  5. My sister is having twins and I was wondering if her saving one of the twins' stem cells could be used in the future to help my daughter should stem cell transplants be done on those with type 1? (22 Sep 2011)

  6. Diagnosed in 2004, my daughter is small compared to her peers. Why would she not be keeping up with them in growth? (19 Sep 2011)

  7. Though the doctor was pleased with my daughter's A1c of 7.0, I have read that it should be 6.5. Shouldn't it be more towards 6.0? (6 Sep 2011)

  8. When I drink beer, my blood sugar remains high and I have never had a low after drinking. My doctor recommends I take half my usual NovoLog based on my consumption. Why do I remain high? What do you think of my doctor's advice? (6 Sep 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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