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Taking Aim at Diabetes

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A mix of optimism and dismay runs through the medical community as impressive advances in diabetes treatment offer new hope to patients, while the staggering number of people developing the disease continues to grow at a record pace. This year's American Diabetes Association conference featured the release of new products designed to improve the care of the 246 million diabetic patients worldwide.

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Business & Technology Briefs (01/2008)

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