More Damaging Headlines: the FDA Disses Insulin Pumps

Another diabetes media blitz you won’t believe. Check out “FDA study: Insulin pumps linked to injuries, deaths in teens,” an Associated Press headline that’s appearing all over God’s creation today.
And I quote:
“The federal review of use by young people over a decade found 13 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries connected with the pumps. At times, the devices malfunctioned, but other times, teens were careless or took risks, the study authors wrote.”
“Some…

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Diabetes Diagnosis: The Musical (?)

The winner of this year’s Bayer Dream Fund contest certainly has something new and different in mind. Wendy Coleman, a theater and speech professor at Albany State University in Georgia, will use her award to “compose and perform a play about managing life with diabetes,” complete with song and dance numbers. The piece is called This is Our Story: Learning, Loving and Living Well with Diabetes, scheduled for a brief tour of five southern states…

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“Mystery Carbs” Question of the Day

We like to think we’ve got a handle on this carb-counting thing. But the truth is, most of us have very little clue — not least because nutrition labels on packaged products are so darn confusing. One of our beta testers over at the new community recently posted this query:
When I’m counting carbs I often read the “category” of carbs that are in the food I’m eating (i.e. Dietary Fiber, Sugar, Other Carbohydrates, etc.).…

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JDRF on Diabetes Design

Who’s excited about our new YouTube-based Diabetes Design Challenge, launched yesterday? Ooh, me, me! And guess who else? The national advocacy group JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). I was delighted to have a talk earlier this week with two heads of their progressive Artificial Pancreas Project: research director Aaron Kowalski (interviewed here before) and head of new technology Cynthia Rice. Here’s a synopsis of what they had to say, mostly in Aaron’s words:

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY…

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The 2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

A very big announcement today, my Friends. Welcome to the kickoff of the …
2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge
* a competition designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes *
Two of the most enticing design concepts will win a package of prizes to help further their creative efforts: $1,000 in cash, some pro-bono professional advice from world-renowned design experts, and free access to…

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