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The New York Times Continues it Special Report on Diabetes...

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10 January 2006

The New York Times Continues it Special Report on Diabetes...


Today, the New York Times continues its special report on diabetes and the City. The paper is now including a 3-Part video series on 1. Journalistic perspective on investigaing the disease for a year 2. Special interview with a patient and 3. Focusing on the Russ Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University and why there are only a handful of centers offering comprehensive care in the Unites States.

(This is all too true; I was a patient of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, Upper East Side of New York, which closed down in 2001-2002.)

Take a look if you have the time (about 10 minutes) to watch the videos. What I found to be most interesting was the following quote regarding why there are so few comprehensive health centers for diabetes patients:

Hospitals make money on the operations needed for amputations and lose money on providing resources for how to avoid complications/teaching self-care. Hospitals make money on gastric bypasses and lose money on providing nutritional programs for patients...
My hope is that the Times will also dedicate some time to the industries that profit from the "epidemic."

For UK Readers, The Guardian is reporting on this today as well.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kassie said...

I didn't realize it was a series. Haven't seen the video, but read today's installment. Am waiting until all four are out to really dive in.

But I have to say I am feeling incredibly lucky to have the resources I do o deal with my diabetes.

2:03 PM  
Blogger E said...

Rumor is that thursday's story will be on how health insurance in the US is set up to address crisis and not prevention.

9:19 PM  

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