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William C. Knowler is chief of the Diabetes Epidemiology and Clinical Research Section in the Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The Institute has primary responsibility for diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health. For more than three decades, Dr. Knowler has conducted research on diabetes in the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, looking for insights into the genetic and environmental factors that lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes.

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Francine Kaufman became vice president of global affairs for Medtronic Diabetes in January 2009, after 30 years at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she was head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and 11 years as a professor of pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. At Childrens Hospital, where she continues a clinical practice, Dr. Kaufman also directed the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Avandia: Fortune’s Shelly Dubois analyzes why the FDA “maimed” the diabetes drug Avandia but didn’t permanently pull it off the market, as its European Union counterpart did. Quote of the day: “Avandia lives on in these United States as a zombie shell of its former top blockbuster self.”

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Gov. Joe Manchin's support for federal health-care reform has come under attack as Republicans try to tie the U.S. Senate hopeful to President Obama, but those who have worked with the Democratic governor on state health issues say a closer look at his time in office reveals a fiscally conservative record with mixed results.

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Monica Navarro, reporter & producer for Univision, Channel 41 in San Antonio, Texas, completed her fellowship project which is a four part series on children suffering from obesity and diabetes & the mental, economic and medical impacts it has on the Latino community.

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Monica Navarro, reporter & producer for Univision, Channel 41 in San Antonio, Texas, completed her fellowship project which is a four part series on children suffering from obesity and diabetes & the mental, economic and medical impacts it has on the Latino community.

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Monica Navarro, reporter & producer for Univision, Channel 41 in San Antonio, Texas, completed her fellowship project which is a four part series on children suffering from obesity and diabetes & the mental, economic and medical impacts it has on the Latino community.

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Monica Navarro, reporter & producer for Univision, Channel 41 in San Antonio, Texas, completed her fellowship project which is a four part series on children suffering from obesity and diabetes & the mental, economic and medical impacts it has on the Latino community.

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Shuka Kalantari interviews artist Victor Zaballa about his experience with organ donation and its impact on the Latino community.

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A recent study found that children who eat vended junk snack foods tend to maintain poor dietary habits which may lead to obesity, diabetes and arteriosclerosis. According to the LA Times, “The researchers – from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Food & Nutrition Database Research Inc. of Okemos, Mich. – calculated that all that snacking adds up to about 14 extra pounds per child per school year.”

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