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Rent, Don’t Buy, Your Insulin Pump?

Here’s a novel — and utterly pragmatic American — idea:  What if you could rent your insulin pump instead of buying it?  So all you’d need to buy was the disposable supplies, and you’d be ready to trade up to new models in a minute?
David Kliff of Diabetic Investor explores the concept in his latest (subscription) newsletter, which I’ve been poring over with great interest.
Under this new pricing model, the patient would pay…

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… Or There’s Always StressEraser

You’d do well to skip the crystal meth.  We’ve established that.  So if you’re stressed out and just can’t take it anymore, here’s one “chill out” alternative that won’t wreck your life and is not addictive (at least not physiologically): StressEraser from Helicor. 
This souped-up “pulse-oximeter” was launched last year, and looks surprisingly legitimate despite the smarmy claim on the web site: “Feel good again in 30 days… guaranteed.”  Sounds like something you’d order off…

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Crystal Meth Addiction

Last night my man and I watched an A&E Special Documentary on the “epidemic” of crystal meth use in rural America.  (Which we’d Tivo’ed; everything’s an “epidemic” these days, no?)  It was fascinating in the way that makes your skin crawl.  I mean, meth doesn’t seem to be the scariest of all drugs out there, but the sheer numbers of addicts (supposedly 1.4M in America) and the type of people getting into it are kind…

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Arthur Gets Cute with Diabetes, and SugarStats.com

Two unrelated juicy tips today:
1) Did you know that the popular Arthur cartoon series recently aired an episode featuring a pediatric pump patient?  The girl, named Corinne, discusses her condition, displays her Animas insulin pump, and even demonstrates LifeScan UltraSmart blood glucose monitoring — a mucho PR win for LifeScan, of course. But thanks for making diabetes “a little hip,” ay?  The episode, called “Desert Island Dish,” also features a segment on choosing healthy…

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Full Disclosure: Who’s Your Daddy?

OK, so I received a journalism award from a major pharmaceutical company whose practices we may all question at times.  Does accepting this award mean that I am somehow “in” with the Big Pharma crowd, receiving perks left and right?  Hell no.
Yesterday I received the following email from a long-time reader:
You’ve been honest, forthright, and sincere in your weblog to date.  I will continue to read it so long as you maintain the…

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