Well Golly, why bother scrounging all around the Net for the hottest news in diabetes when you can read it all here? Especially when I make it easy for you by smashing it all into one single post every 2 or 3 weeks or so? Seriously now, I know it’s Monday. But take 5 minutes to read this stuff:
* Check out Diabetespowershow.com, a new online diabetes support group/ podcast put together by a very energetic team of folks in (and living with) diabetes. Brought to you from the Entertainment Capital of the World, fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.
* Help Connie — According to her brand new blog, the doctors at Indiana University have told Connie Parrott that her Type 1 diabetes is so out of control that she may have less than 5 years to live — “if I do not get this important medical equipment to act as a normal pancreas for me.” That magical piece of equipment is the MiniMed Paradigm Continuous Glucose Monitoring Pump, which her insurance refuses to pay for and she cannot afford on her own. Visit her site yourself to see her plea for help, and decide if you’d like to reach out. (Disclaimer: as much as I’m praying for Connie’s good health, I’m also praying for her sincerity in asking for money. I have to assume she’s for real).
* Have you read about the latest in non-invasive glucose monitoring? Right, don’t hold your breath or anything, but a company called Freedom Meditech Inc. of San Diego, CA, is backing the University of Toledo (UT) in developing promising new technology that measures glucose levels through the eye. It works by shooting a low-powered polarized laser light at the “target liquid” between your cornea and lens (called the eye’s aqueous humor), which reveals the same concentration of glucose as blood.
“Non-invasive glucose testing is kind of like the Holy Grail,” says Chief executive officer Craig Misrach. But he notes that “those living with diabetes have had their hopes raised and dashed before by devices that never delivered.” Still, a story in the Toledo Blade tells us, “If the UT project can be successfully advanced to commercial availability in three to five years, then the great promise it holds today may be remarkably fulfilled.”
* We all know the DCCT, but have you heard of the DTCC? That would be the Diabetes Ten City Challenge, a new campaign by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation (APhA) working to team pharmacists with employers in a “patient-centered, self-care program that offers employees incentives for managing their diabetes in a proactive way.” Sounds like moving in the right direction, anyway. Read more about it HERE.
* Pumper Wins Mac Video Contest! And the video was even about how he uses his pump. Parallels Inc., a company that makes “visualization solutions” for PCs and Macs, has awarded top honors from its first annual “Great Parallels Video Testimonial Contest” to Eric Morales of Fairfax, VA.
“Eric has type I diabetes, and uses an insulin pump to control his condition. As with many medical devices, the software that powers it is Windows-only. Eric has a Mac. Rather than buy a new computer, Eric uses Windows XP in Parallels Desktop to keep his insulin pump running, and keep himself healthy.” Watch Eric’s video HERE. (Note that some righteous commenter takes issue with Eric’s use of the software “as a controller for life support systems”…?)
Thank You and Good Night.