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DIY Health

The Big Idea for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Armed with the knowledge that diabetes brings with it an elevated risk of cancer, as Kas Thomas demonstrates in today's lesson, what can diabetic patients do about it?

Arm yourself with available information. Do your own research. Get familiar with Google Scholar. In short, be proactive in your own health care. This is the mantra of DIY Health. As Thomas urges, don't rely on doctors to tell you everything you need to know.




  1. 1 Diabetes Linked to Cancer Risk
    Kas Thomas Devil in the Data
  2. 2 The DIY Healthcare Revolution Will Be Digitized
    Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  3. 3 Reading Cancer’s Genetic Signature
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  4. 4 The Never-Ending War on Cancer
    Kas Thomas Devil in the Data

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