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  1. My 12-year-old son often forgets to bolus for his snacks. Is there a way to use his pump or iPod or something else to help remind him to do so? (28 Feb 2012)

  2. What are the odds of having three kids in the same family with type 1? Are there known environmental triggers (causes)? (28 Feb 2012)

  3. The doctor has suggested Synthroid for my son. Should he really be on this medication at such a young age? Does he really need Synthroid? Can this be put off for now? (14 Feb 2012)

  4. Because of medical neglect by her family, a child has been placed in my care. She has very poor eating habits and has been in DKA several times. How can I get her to change her habits, take better care of herself? (14 Feb 2012)

  5. What criteria establishes the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Why would my daughter, who has type 1, have very high blood pressure? I read this is usually an issue for those with type 2. (10 Feb 2012)

  6. Does anyone know how many young children were in contact with puppies/kittens up to six months before they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? And, how likely is it that type 1 diabetes can be caused by children being in close contact with the urine and/or faeces of puppies, kittens, dogs and/or cats? (9 Feb 2012)

  7. The coach wants my teen son to "cut weight" to wrestle a certain opponent. I had my son explain that this was dangerous for him because of his diabetes. Can you elaborate on these dangers? My son has been forced to sit out matches because the coach thinks my son is being difficult. (9 Feb 2012)

  8. My daughter used another child's lancing device at school, a drum-like device, which she said she turned. Should I be concerned about blood contamination? (8 Feb 2012)

  9. Should someone who has never had a heart attack or stents be on Plavix? (8 Feb 2012)

  10. My daughter has been misbehaving--cutting her sister's hair, sneaking food, etc. Is this related to her diabetes or is it something else? (7 Feb 2012)

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)
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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