Closing the Loop

One of the terms most-oft overheard at the recent ADA Conference was the “closed-loop system” for diabetes: when will we have it? is it really viable?
For those unfamiliar with the term (as I was, novice that I am!), “closed-loop” means a device that combines continuous blood glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Mimicking the function of the human pancreas, the “closed loop” system would monitor glucose levels and, in response, deliver an appropriate amount of…

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The Case of the Pump Case

The Deltec people (henceforth to be known under the name of their parent company, Smiths Medical), who make the highly appealing CozMore pump/monitoring system, hosted a series of intimate dinners at the ADA Conference last weekend to present a “state of the technology” address to their valued contacts. I was lucky enough to attend one. (What? I’m a prime prospect for them!)
The conversation quickly turned to the less-than-stellar Cozmo pump case. “Yeah, we really…

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Breaking Ground with “The Self-Managed Disease”

(Sort of an addendum to my last post)
With the shifting focus to official recognition that successful diabetes management lies in the hands of the patient rather than the medical provider, there’s a whole lot of flurry of late about “behavioral issues.”
The guru of diabetes behavior is of course Dr.
William Polonsky, author of Diabetes Burnout and founder of the new Behavioral Diabetes
Institute (and also a really nice guy!)

Between moderating panel sessions…

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Surprising Interview with a Joslin Researcher

At this weekend’s annual ADA Conference, I had the
privilege to sit for an hour just chewing the fat (or, um, chatting…)
about the state of diabetes care with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Jackson has the dubious title of “Director of
Field Outreach, Strategic Initiatives,” but his personal passion is talking
with patients about how diabetes affects their life.

For new patients, his biggest edict is, “You are
not doomed.…

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Product Roundup: Continuous Monitors (in the Holding Pen), Convenience Enhancers

*ADA Conference News*
With over 150 companies going all out to showcase the latest and greatest here, I was surprised to hear many conference attendees expressing disappointment not to see anything “earth-shattering” on the new technology front this year. Nevertheless, three continuous monitoring products, currently in the holding pen awaiting FDA approval, look promising:
* DexCom was showing off its new Continuous Monitor, featuring a long-term implantable sensor half the size of a triple-A battery,…

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