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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Diabetes

Otherwise healthy individuals with controlled diabetes are unlikely to be at greater risk to get COVID-19. However, managing diabetes is harder with any type of infection. An illness/infection in a person with diabetes can cause blood sugar elevation and raise the risk of complications.

The Berrie Center's recommendations are as follows:

Winter Fun Program 2020:

Diabetes Won’t Stop Us

The Berrie Center Winter Fun Program has a special way of engaging and connecting teens with diabetes. There are many reasons for the success of the program, though the program’s highly creative leaders -art therapist Cara Lampron and pediatric coordinator Kindra Matthews-- have a lot to do with it. Another key factor is the itinerary.

Brooks Gammill Strives for Greatness On and Off the Ice:

“I wouldn’t change a thing about what has happened to me”

Brooks Gammill approaches diabetes management the same way he approaches ice hockey – with focus and determination. Brooks is a freshman at Colby College where he is a forward on the men’s division three ice hockey team.

Give me an H-A-I-L-E-Y!

An interview with Berrie Center patient and star cheerleader Hailey Cavuoto and her biggest supporter, her mom Jackie

Having type 1 diabetes (T1D) doesn’t stop Hailey Cavuoto, age 11, from soaring high. Hailey is a 6th grader at Somers Middle School in Somers, New York. She is also a competitive cheerleader who loves to perform. Hailey (and her supportive mom) spent a minute of her precious time with us to share what it takes to manage her T1D while flipping and flying on stage.

Julia Sherr Unites Family & Friends for a Holiday Berrie Center Toy Drive

When one family member lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), inevitably it effects the entire family. Such is the case with 16-year-old Julia Sherr. Julia’s older brother, Matthew, was diagnosed with T1D at age six. With his diagnosis came many challenges, some good days and some not so good. Julia feels as if she has been on the journey right beside him.

Dr. Kristen Williams Addresses T1D FAQs for School Nurses

Pediatric endocrinologist Kristen Williams, MD, recently to spoke at a gathering of New York City school nurses on the topic of type 1 diabetes (T1D). From the history of the disease to the current delivery systems for insulin, Dr. Williams was on hand to disseminate information, answer questions, and offer advice to the nurses who take care of children with T1D when they are at school.

Season of Giving:

Luca Polizzi, age 8, and Friends Band Together for Diabetes

On a recent weekday afternoon, 8-year-old Luca Polizzi proudly walked into his visit with pediatric endocrinologist Kristen Williams, MD with a large black shoebox in hand. He handed the box to Dr. Williams and told her that with the help of his “bike gang”, he raised money for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center to help cure type 1 diabetes (T1D).

The Berrie Hosts A Preceptorial in Diabetes

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center hosted a “Preceptorial in Diabetes”, sponsored by the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, (EFF) which offered seven fellows from around the country a front row view of the vigorous research and quality clinical programs at the Berrie Center.

Diabetes Research Award Given for Work on Pancreatic Islets

Columbia University has presented the 2019 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to Alvin C. Powers, MD, professor of medicine, molecular physiology, and biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center. Dr. Powers is the 21st winner of the annual award.