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Sidekick & Amigo

I just discovered two new-ish diabetes products with cutsey names: Sidekick and Amigo (unrelated). Heh — the branding experts sure get it that we PWDs have an intimate relationship with our D-gadgets. Here are the details:
SIDEKICK from Home Diagnostics, Inc., is a compact little BG meter built right into the test strip vial. It’s apparently the smallest blood glucose testing system on the market. It’s available at drug stores everywhere, and very convenient for…

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Big D Roundup: More Blogs, Bags, BG Gadget

It seems that even with my nifty new “Weekly Nuggets” section, I never can get around to posting everything I’d like to. It’s humanly impossible. So here’s my latest catch-up on some neat new stuff in the diabetes/Web world:
* Check out a neat new glucose testing gadget over at Medgadget. The so-called “In1″ is a sleek little all-in-one blood testing kit invented by a diabetic design student. Mouse-sized and fits neatly in the side…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 1

I got this email a few days ago that knocked my socks off. It is one of those eye-popping examples of the killer diabetes experiences many of us have lived through or heard about. I just now received permission to post it anonymously — in its entirety — which the author says would be very cathartic. Talk about your “Something Clicked” experiences! Here goes:

I wanted to take a moment to thank
you from…

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Survey Says… Informative, Chipper

OK, folks, here’s my informal analysis of my very informal reader survey conducted on Diabetes Blog Day last week:

N = 26* (so far) — 17 Type 1s, 5 Type 2s, 3 parents of Type 1s and one “other” (a med student studying to become an endocrinologist!)

Why do you visit this blog? Most said I’m funny and informative. Hooray! Diabetes has not impaired my ability to conduct research and be sarcastic about it. The…

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Over the weekend I had a chance to meet with Insulet Corp. execs Jeff Smith and Rob Campbell (everyone’s in town, remember?)
We had a long talk about the functionality of their exciting new OmniPod tubeless pump and its current market status. The deal is that the OmniPod is — theoretically — available to patients now, but the company is still building out the infrastructure to actually support users around the country. Unlike other gadgets…

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