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Silent But Deadly

Note from a reader named Alexandra a few weeks back (links added by me):
Dear Amy,

Silent heart attacks seem to be in a zone of silence — not nearly enough people know about this in relation to diabetes.
Diabetics have an especially high rate of these painless heart attacks. They may end up with severely damaged hearts and in heart failure without knowing it.  Pre-diabetics may be at risk as well.
I have a…

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A Closer Look at Medtronic’s New MiniLink — and Beyond

OK, I’ll admit, I was a little confused about Medtronic’s recent announcements: a new Guardian RT continuous monitor?  A pediatric version?  And a pretty unobtrusive-looking MiniLink transmitter?  But was that a new component, or something sold separately?  And what about the people already using the product, with that dongle-thing attached?   
Not one to settle for confusion, I have chased down a senior PR manager over there, Steve Sabicer, and gotten the skinny (he, he):

 
                                                                                                                                                            
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More Device Design: Stanford PostDoc Weighs In

And the discussion of how to make medical devices more like iPods marches on! … Don’t miss yesterday’s piece at the UK’s Guardian, which actually tried to contact Apple for comment (no comment forthcoming).  Also see the coverage at MacUser, and BrandWeek’s take, which suggests that Steve Jobs ought to start by revamping hearing aids.  A heck of a lot of buzz created for the medical-cum-lifestyle design cause, what say?!
On the diabetes design front,…

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