Grand Rounds – Plug In Here

Thanks to our fearless leader Nicholas Genes, Grand Rounds is going strong. That’s the weekly roundup of what’s happening in the medical blogosphere. I’ll be hosting here next Tuesday, Feb. 5, with an emphasis on… you guessed it, Health 2.0.
This means we’re showcasing anything having to do with:

Consumers & health care providers working together in new and powerful ways
Helping consumers become empowered and knowledgeable
Making health care more cost-efficient
Price and quality…

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NEWS FLASH: Medtronic Announces CGMS iPro™ Recorder

A new addition to the burgeoning world of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM): Today Medtronic Inc. has introduced its new CGMS iPro™ Continuous Glucose Recorder:
“The iPro allows physicians to uncover patters and potential problems that often go undetected with today’s standard glucose measurements such as finger stick meters and HbA1c tests. Due to the devices’ improved ergonomics, physicians will be more empowered to develop personalized diabetes management programs particularly helpful for patients who experience dangerous…

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A Shot of Joy

I talk a good bit about Joy, but I’m actually a rather cynical person. What, you noticed? Anyway, I don’t exactly believe in the “mood cure” either, so when writer and advocate Riva Greenberg sent me her sweet little new book with bunnies on the cover, I was… well, skeptical.
The book is called “The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes,” and it features A-Z alphabet illustrations with grinning bunnies, cherubs, mermaids and mice, each…

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My Turn on Newsweek.com (!)

Who says bloggers don’t need mainstream media? Come on, what’s cooler than being able to tell your story to a larger audience? Especially if your story is a “health triumph” like our day-to-day conquest over diabetes (most days
What I’m getting at is that this “one sick mom in California” is featured on Newsweek.com this week! My very own “My Turn” was even showcased on the front page for most of Saturday.

“Health Triumphs” is…

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Diabetes: As Costly As War

Last week, results of an ADA-commissioned study were announced indicating that uncontrolled diabetes is costing this country $174 billion a year. That makes it as costly as war (the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism combined), and more expensive than repairing our worst natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. I am still trying to get my head around this information.
The ADA actually says this estimate is probably an understatement, because “it…

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