Life with Diabetes

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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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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Onward and Upward

Friends, I am absolutely giddy over all the discussion spurred by yesterday’s Open Letter to Steve Jobs. The idea was to push the issue of medical device design vs. consumer “lifestyle” design to the forefront, i.e. raise a red flag to the tech-design community that can help us, and get people people talking. I’d say we accomplished that with flying colors. Michael Arrington’s post over at TechCrunch resonated throughout the blogosphere.
There were those who…

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An Open Letter to Steve Jobs

Big news this week, Folks. Apple Inc. has sold its 100-Millionth iPod. Ah, those perfectly aesthetic little high-tech devices for enjoying your music, yes. Which gives me an idea… Why, oh why, do consumers everywhere get the most “insanely great” little MP3 player, while we whose lives depend on medical devices get the clunky stuff of yesteryear? It occured to me that this is never going to change unless we call on the Gods of…

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