Diabetes http://wesa.fm en April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month http://wesa.fm/post/april-limb-loss-awareness-month <p>Claire Matzie was born without her right hand and has since lost the majority of that arm. She’s gone through three different prosthetic limbs since she her birth 12 years ago, but decided to stop wearing them in 2011.</p><p>She said they got in the way.</p><p>“[She’s] my inspiration; the love of my life,” Claire’s father, state Rep. Rob Matzie (D-Beaver/Allegheny), said before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week.</p><p>The House unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Matzie that designates April 2014 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month.”</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:51:02 +0000 Michael Lynch 27140 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgher Takes on Diabetes Education as National Chair http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgher-takes-diabetes-education-national-chair <p>When the National Diabetes Education Program gathers for its annual meeting this summer it will install a Pittsburgher in its top elected position.&nbsp; University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute Executive Director Linda Siminerio was elected as chair earlier this year.</p><p>The federally-funded program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.&nbsp; Siminerio refers to the nation’s struggle with type II diabetes as an epidemic but warns that it is already a pandemic in other parts of the world. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:21:58 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 26446 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgher Takes on Diabetes Education as National Chair When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees http://wesa.fm/post/when-new-home-means-new-diet-health-problems-can-arise-refugees <p></p><p>On a typical weekday morning, 47-year-old Tek Nepal is moving about the Mount Oliver duplex he shares with his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchild.</p><p>He works nights, so he gets his family time in the mornings. And often, that time centers around eating.</p><p>Those meals used to consist of lots of starches. But since a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2012, they have changed.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:27:32 +0000 Erika Beras 21729 at http://wesa.fm When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees Bill Calls for Insurance Reimbursements for Diabetes Pain Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/bill-calls-insurance-reimbursements-diabetes-pain-treatment <p>State Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) is introducing legislation that would mandate insurance companies reimburse people with diabetes for pain management.&nbsp;</p><p>Smith noted that while patients are reimbursed for other diabetes-related costs, treatment for neuropathy is not one of them.</p><p>"Patients who have it experience intense aching, tingling, burning and numbness," he said. "What's really problematic about it is if it's left unmanaged, the condition can worsen to the point where the individual will need hospitalization or further treatment by way of an operation."</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 8821 at http://wesa.fm