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Swine flu outbreak

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Looks like this is gathering momentum again ...

Swine flu winter: 200 fight for life as number of patients doubles in a week to put strain on intensive care units

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340349/Swine-flu-200-fight-life-number-patients-intensive-care-doubles-week.html#ixzz18krEXnRW

It's just the flu season - I'd imagine a fair number are suffering from 'standard' flu too!
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It's just the flu season - I'd imagine a fair number are suffering from 'standard' flu too!

Just seeing you post there Joe, reminded me that you know about materia medica.

A friend of mine has a 9 year daughter who was rushed to the hospital with sudden onset juvenile diabetes ... poor little thing is now stuck with needles and insulin.  Do you know what causes this?
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Just seeing you post there Joe, reminded me that you know about materia medica.

A friend of mine has a 9 year daughter who was rushed to the hospital with sudden onset juvenile diabetes ... poor little thing is now stuck with needles and insulin.  Do you know what causes this?

Do you definitely mean Type 1 diabetes (think that's what juvenile diabetes is now caused)?

It's autoimmune and mostly genetic I believe. Can be sudden onset around that age - did she go into diabetic coma or something?
The only good thing is that it's more easily managed and you're not so predisposed to all the awful consequences that you are with Type 2 - you do have to keep on top of it though and keep blood glucose levels within normal ranges.

I saw a programme a few months back about kids with diabetes in London - so many of those featured just didn't bother to attend their clinic appointments or check their blood glucose levels, then were surprised when they went into a diabetic coma.
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Scratch that bit about genetics, as apparently Type 1 is not usually inherited. As it's autoimmune though, she could have been exposed to something (a virus maybe) which triggered an OTT immune reaction and attacked the pancreas.
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She did go into a coma - completely out of the blue.  Thanks for the info Joe.
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