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“GlucoPhone” and Other Seriously Questionable Devices

As my vacation winds down, I’m trying to spend just a little time catching up on the hottest links, etc. What caught my eye first was a blurb over at Medgadget, introducing the dubious GlucoPhone — an utterly amazing all-in-one cell phone and glucometer gadget that (quote) helps “provide 24/7 support and emergency intervention to Diabetes Phone subscribers — anytime, anywhere. It’s a full disease management system.”
As the watchdog editors over at Medgadget point…

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Upstairs, Downstairs with First-Gen Continuous Monitors

Emails and comments from fellow DexCom users are starting to pour in, and the split in testimonies is quite striking: on the one hand, lots of folks are disappointed — even disgusted — at having invested so much hope and money into “a lot of expensive, inaccurate numbers.” On the other hand, I’ve got people telling me that the technology has saved their life — as in rescued them from hypoglycemic unawareness — and/or helped…

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Quick Dispatch from Abroad

Hello Dear Readers!
Oh my — so very little chance to post over here in Deutschland! But hubby has now installed a wireless network in This Old House (a striking example of turn of the century German/Dutch architecture that stands under State Memorial Protection; the photo’s not ours, but something similar). So now more than one of us can actually get online simultaneously. And the family phone line remains free. Wunderbar!
A few brief updates…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 7: The Psychological Immune System

Some emails just stop me in my tracks. This note, from author Gretchen Rubin, choked me up almost as much as Melissa’s story a while back. Why? Because this wasn’t even a patient writing about herself, but a family member who gets it in an extremely rare and insightful way.
Below, the email and Gretchen’s own post. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that we all could use a sister like this!
Hello Amy –…

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Notebook/Organizer for Type 2s Packs It All In

Promoters from North Hill Publishing recently sent me a unique new “book” to look at: “My Diabetes Organizer,” billed as “the essential planner and record-keeper for people with type 2 diabetes.” First impression: it’s very clean-lined and colorful and strikes me as the equivalent of the top-line Franklin Planner for people with diabetes.
It’s an 8.5×11-size spiral-bound notebook full of tabbed sections that clearly explain medications, meal planning, and all manner of “things to do”…

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