Miscellaneous

Imagine, a Syringe-Button!

It looks a bit like a diaphragm. It is in fact a doohickey to allow patients to safely and comfortably inject themselves with medicine — even the needle-phobes. This new-fangled gadget is a Russian invention from designers Vladislav Kropachev and Vladimir Makarov. It actually won a 2005 Design Innovation Award last November, but has received surprisingly little press.
What you do with it is place it on your skin and simply push down with your…

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Zen and the Art of Diabetes Advocacy

Meet Scott Hanselman. Then again, if you’re a devotee of techie blogs, you surely know him quite well. His smart programming blog, Computer Zen, culls 10,000 to 30,000 hits a day. He’s Chief Architect for an eBanking software company called Corillian. He’s also been an outspoken Type 1 diabetic for over 13 years now. He’s reviewed dozens of D-products and even wrote a diabetes management application for the PalmPilot, called GlucoPilot, some years back. When…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 4: Quest for Animal Insulin

Apropos to Diabetes Health Magazine’s latest feature on “Where Have All the Insulins Gone?” I had no idea that the evolving insulin market might have been bad for some patients — much less the celebrated changeover to synthetic human insulin. Meet Jim Daly from Massachusetts, who shared his brutally honest story with me this week (reprinted uncensored, except for inserted links, with permission):
Hi Amy,
My name is Jim. I am 32 years old, type…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 3: The Glucose Goddess Skydiving

I’ve been meaning to tell this tale of Facing Your Fears since the summer — but maybe put it off ’cause I’m just so scared of heights that the whole concept makes me tremble. But she did it! Our Lady of Glucose Laughs, Laura Menninger, a fellow Type 1 who was told she could never engage in such adventures, actually jumped from a plane last July…!
Quick background: Laura is by trade a surgical technologist…

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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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