“Free” Larry Winget Webinar Tonight…

December 14, 2009, 11:51 am

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I just wanted to let you know that Larry Winget is hosting a “free” webinar tonight. The reason the word free is in quotes is that Larry asks that if you attend the webinar and LIKE IT, that you preorder his book, “Your Kids Are Your Own Fault...

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Three Great Books to Give Away This Season

December 11, 2009, 12:31 pm

Here are three newly-published books that would make great gifts: Common Sense on Mutual Funds – Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition by John Bogle I have been (slowly) reviewing this book chapter-by-chapter because it’s almost like a textbook for common sense investing. John Bogle is...

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Are You Spending More, Less, or About the Same on Christmas This Year?

December 8, 2009, 12:36 pm

I don’t know about you, but I find this surprising… This year 43% of consumers said they intend to cut back their holiday spending, compared to 55% last year. But the 43% figure is still much higher than in the previous eight years of 2000 to 2007, a period when the percentage intending...

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A Review of John Bogle’s “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” – Chapter 2

December 8, 2009, 9:05 am

This is a chapter-by-chapter review of John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition*. As the series progresses, I’ll create an index of each chapter. Chapter 2 – On the Nature of Returns Chapter 2—if you can’t already tell from the...

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Are Your Car Tires Too Old? How to Check the Age of Your Car Tires

December 4, 2009, 12:43 pm

My wife was in a safety meeting earlier this week and one of her co-workers mentioned a video they saw about the dangers of driving on old car tires. What’s an old car tire? According to the video, it’s any tire that is older than 6-years old. The video goes on to show how to check the...

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

December 4, 2009, 8:49 am

Here’s the 5-day forecast for my part of the country: It’s not a big deal unti you realize that I live 40 miles from the Gulf and we NEVER see snow in our area.

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A Review of John Bogle’s “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” – Chapter 1

December 2, 2009, 12:43 pm

This is a chapter-by-chapter review of John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition*. As the series progresses, I’ll create an index of each chapter. Chapter 1 – On Long-Term Investing Summary: To invest with success, you must be a long-term investor...

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I Don’t Like Change

December 1, 2009, 5:49 pm

As has been my usual habit at the end of each month this year, I visited StandardandPoors.com to look up the month-end values for the S&P indexes. Well, today I noticed that the page I usually visited looked different from the last time I visited. Then I noticed that some of the features I had...

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A Review of John Bogle’s “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” – Introduction

December 1, 2009, 1:28 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, I received a copy of John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds*. It’s a fully updated 10th anniversary edition. I remember reading the bulk of the first edition when it first cam out. I enjoyed the first edition so I’m looking forward to do doing an in...

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Frequently Asked Questions - Basic Health Wait List

December 10, 2009, 10:31 am

Is Basic Health (BH) disenrolling members? Due to legislation (ESHB 1244) and required budget reductions, Basic Health must reduce enrollment by approximately 40,000 members. Reductions must take place no later than January 1, 2010. Basic Health will...

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Press Release - Coffee, Tea, or Type 2 Diabetes?

December 14, 2009, 2:00 pm

CHICAGO - Individuals who drink more coffee (regular or decaffeinated) or tea appear to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to an analysis of previous studies reported in the December 14/28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. A previously published meta-analysis suggested...

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Press Release - Mobile Phone Technology may Address Unmet Needs of Parents of Children with Diabetes, Sending Blood Sugar Readings Via Text, to Help Manage Child's Illness

December 11, 2009, 1:00 pm

BOSTON, DECEMBER 8, 2009 -- In a recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, new data revealed that parents of children with diabetes were receptive to using novel health technology - such as a mobile phone that could collect and transmit the child's...

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Are You Prepared to Handle Diabetes During a Disaster?

December 10, 2009, 12:30 pm

If you have diabetes and are wondering whether you're prepared for a unexpected disaster, then head for the website of the American Association for Diabetes Educators. There you'll find a Diabetes Disaster Response Toolkit that contains an abundance of information on nearly every aspect of getting prepared...

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Is Testosterone the Wonder Drug?

December 9, 2009, 7:00 pm

Dear Diabetes Health, I am 57 years old. About five years ago, I saw my doctor because I was feeling tired. My waist size was up, and I was not interested in sex. I almost never got an erection. The doctor diagnosed type 2 diabetes and put me on metformin. He also prescribed Viagra, which helped sometimes...

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Press Release - Review of Clinical Trials of Oral Insulin: Oral-lyn

December 9, 2009, 1:00 pm

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec 3, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, an independent review of clinical trials of Generex Oral-lyn(TM) shows that the oral insulin spray has a faster onset of action and shorter duration of action than insulin...

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Statins Might Slightly Raise Diabetes Risk, But Are Still Worthwhile

December 8, 2009, 12:00 pm

We'd all prefer it if there were no nasty side effects to our treatments, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes it is worth risking a side effect for the greater good of our health. On that note, researchers continue to emphasize that the benefits of cholesterol-lowering statins on heart disease...

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Etiquette for People Without Diabetes

December 7, 2009, 3:30 pm

Dr. Bill Polonsky, PhD, CDE, knows diabetes. Among other things, he has served as Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, as a Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the founder and...

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One in Five Type 2s Is

December 5, 2009, 11:00 am

Researchers at the Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago report that 20.7 percent of all American adults who have type 2 diabetes are "morbidly obese," a description that applies to people who are 100 or more pounds overweight. The researchers said that the figure for African Americans is even...

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Cardiovascular risk in youth with type 1 diabetes linked primarily to insulin resistance

December 5, 2009, 11:00 am

Chevy Chase, MD- According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), youth with type 1 diabetes have now been found to have abnormal insulin resistance. Having abnormal insulin resistance appears to negatively...

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Sink or Swim?

December 4, 2009, 4:00 pm

The road to my diabetes diagnosis was anything but easy.  Over Thanksgiving break during my first semester of graduate school, I fell ill with a horrific stomach virus. I was too busy to be sick, swamped with student essays to grade and papers to write for my own classes. But as the following year...

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NLM Director's Comments: Smoking Bans Reduce Heart Attacks

December 14, 2009, 11:00 pm

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on smoking bans and heart attacks. Smoking bans in restaurants, bars, and offices reduce heart attacks and disease, finds a comprehensive report recently published by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM)...

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Winter Is Right Around the Corner!

December 7, 2009, 11:00 pm

Winter is right around the corner. (In some places, it seems as if it's already started!) Be prepared. Visit the MedlinePlus topic pages on hypothermia and winter weather emergencies to learn how you and your family can stay safe and warm this year.

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Obama and the ‘Fat Cat’ Bankers (Rant)

December 15, 2009, 12:16 pm

WARNING: This is a rant. If you’re an Obama supporter, you may not want to read this post. You have been warned. President Obama on 60 Minutes: “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street,” Mr. Obama said in an interview on CBS’s &#...

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Sugar Plum Dreams

December 15, 2009, 1:30 pm

The dictionary defines a sugar plum as a small round or oval piece of sugary candy. But for most of us, visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads conjures up a far vaster array of sweet holiday treats. From cakes, cookies, and pies, to sugar-laced seasonal beverages, and yes, plenty of sweet confections...

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Press Release - Eliminating Endocrinologist Consultations

December 15, 2009, 1:00 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 7 -- A survey just conducted by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) indicates that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to eliminate consultation codes will force four out of five endocrinologists to reduce the number of Medicare...

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A Blessing From the Recession

December 17, 2009, 10:15 am

I read this in the WSJ this morning: Next spring, Fine Living Network, a cable channel created in 2002 at the height of America’s infatuation with affluent living, is slated to be phased out. In its place, Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. will launch the Cooking Channel. Gone will be “I...

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Should You Convert to a Roth IRA in 2010?

December 16, 2009, 1:52 pm

I listened in on a Roth IRA Converstion conference call with a Charles Schwab representative this morning. Schwab.com offers a pretty nice resource for Roth IRAs. In 15 days an opportunity will become available that will allow people at all income levels to convert a non-deductible IRA to a Roth...

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Good Insulin Injection Practices

December 18, 2009, 1:00 pm

Good injection practices - such as proper injection technique, site rotation, and appropriate needle use - are as important to your glucose control as your type and dosage of insulin.1 But over time, you may have developed your own injection technique, which may not exactly accord with professional...

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Press Release - Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly Will Send 44 Kids to ADA Camps Through the Touchdowns for Diabetes Campaign

December 18, 2009, 12:30 pm

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have already helped send 44 children to American Diabetes Association diabetes camps next summer - with four games left in the NFL season. Read more...

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Joy and Jolly: Making Your Holiday Less Stressful

December 17, 2009, 2:00 pm

‘Tis the season to be jolly? The most wonderful time of the year? Joy to the world? Between Black Friday, meal preparations, decorating, dealing with clashing family members, and party after party, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. The joy and jolly that...

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