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DexCom Rounding the Bend

I discovered DexCom when I attended the annual ADA conference back in June. They were displaying their exciting new tubeless conitinuous monitor (CGMS) product under a glass bubble, so you could look but not touch (no kidding!); since it is not yet FDA approved, the company is not allowed to actually let the public touch and feel the thing — display mode only!
The company is actually developing two promising products:
* a short-term continuous…

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Reality Check

After my last post, here’s something truly encouraging: I just found a cool Australian site for young adults with diabetes. The group is called “Reality Check.” They meet regularly, organize happenings, and share their personal stories online. These guys are putting it all out there! They make diabetes look like a social club someone might actually choose to join.
As far as I know, there’s nothing quite like this in America. Please comment and let…

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The Unfortunate Family of Unwanted Surgery: It’s a Tragic Story…

This post title is the answer I got upon foolishly inquiring what my 8-year old and her friend were actually doing stuffing those popped and withered balloons with cotton, patching them with duct tape, and then drawing gnarled faces on each with a permanent marker. The result was reminiscient of the shrunken apple heads we made as kids, but more morose — and with a much longer shelf life (plastic doesn’t grow).
“We’re making the…

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And the Public… Disagrees

What was it they say? “Two diabetics, three opinions.” (or was that about another group?)
Anyway, no surprise to see the wildly different reactions and advice I got on my last post about my inhaled insulin dilemma. Answers ranged from “No, I wouldn’t participate” to “this sounds so cool!” to “what the heck?”
I’m still mulling it over, for all the listed reasons. Essentially, it’s fear vs. excitement at the prospect of needle-free diabetes care.…

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Farewell to Needles?? Breathe Deep…

I have been invited to join the Phase 3 clinical studies of MannKind’s Technosphere inhaled insulin. Exciting, ay? You can’t imagine what all’s going through my mind: Farewell to needles? (except for the night-time Lantus) Just a puff and then snack-city! What kind of looks do you get in restaurants with a purple inhaler? Will I be one of the first to show lung deterioration?! And much, much more.
First off, I did my homework…

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