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There’s news. And then there’s news. The news that comes out of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center can change lives. For people with diabetes and those who care for them, and about them. So it makes sense to stay on top of all the latest — with both Berrie Center Direct news and In the Headlines, the frequent media coverage we get based on our important and exciting findings and the authoritative voices that speak for us.

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There’s always something going on here at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Promising research. Special events. Success stories from our patients and their families. Stop by often to see the latest.

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The Importance of Having a Pediatrician and an Endocrinologist

Dr. Barney Softness Weighs In

Dr.  Barney Softness wears two very important hats. He is both a pediatric endocrinologist at the Berrie Center, and a general pediatrician at a private practice in New York City. Dr. Softness has seen it all through the years. He is the Berrie Center’s resident go-to for everything pediatrics. Here, Dr.


New from the Egli Lab: Paper on beta cell differentiation

with improved efficiency, protection of mice from diabetes, teratoma-free

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is caused by a loss of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, requiring usually life-long management of the condition through the use of insulin. A key goal of regenerative medicine is to restore normal physiological function of the body. Stem cells provide such opportunity as scientists can now generate insulin-producing cells in unlimited quantities.


Covid-19 Update: NYS Residents with T1D and T2D Eligible for Vaccine as of Feb 15

More details are expected and Web sites in the links below will be updated as more information is available

Starting February 15, New York State will allow residents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  

People with diabetes who are New York State residents will be able to register for a vaccine appointment once the online systems are updated to reflect the new eligibility criteria.  


Making the Most of your Continuous Glucose Monitor

A continuous glucose monitor can be a gamechanger for children with type 1 diabetes. It provides a plethora of information which can be used to make impactful decisions on everything from insulin dosing to food choices. The Berrie Center has resources available online to help guide patients through the process of setting up and utilizing a CGM, such as a Dexcom.


A Protein-Filled New Year

By Dr. Ileana Vargas

Protein is essential for life as it is needed to build and maintain our body. The cells in muscles, organs, blood, bones, nails, hair and skin are made primarily of protein. The body is unable to store amino acids (the building blocks of protein), the way it stores fat, so we must eat protein daily or the body will break down muscle to get the protein it needs. 


Covid-19 Vaccine Update

Covid-19 vaccine distribution and administration is continuing to progress. We are awaiting clarification from New York State regarding when patients with diabetes will be eligible to receive the vaccine. The CDC recommends that people with diabetes be vaccinated during Phase 1c of vaccine allocation.


Berrie Center Scientist Investigates Obesity and Covid-19

What's the Connection?

Obesity is a risk factor for severe Covid-19 and a Berrie Center scientist has made a connection between brain cell “cilium”—the tiny little antennae that regulate weight—and the cilium that line the airways and expel mucous from the body. The structures might be microscopic, but their significance is large. 

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