What Money Can’t Buy

Last week’s Spring Break is over. Whew… Although as parents we felt our wallets rupturing, a good time was had by all — especially in those moments we weren’t paying for. 
Snacks for the road: $17.54
Extra gluten-free road-fare for you-know-who: $13.00
Pre-departure tank-up: $63.00 (no kidding)
Movie rentals for the backseat-installed DVD player: $34.00
Sound of hubby’s and my own voices as we actually chatted in perfect peace: Priceless
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Tram tour of the…

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The Pelikan Challenge

I had a fascinating on-site briefing with the folks at Pelikan Sun in Palo Alto on Tuesday. That’s the company that makes the current “gold standard” in lancing — the world’s only electronic and completely painless finger-pricking device (really, it is).
The three founders are veterans of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Labs, and have spent 10 years refining the technology they acquired from that company. What they’ve come up with is essentially a little “mini-computer” that has “micro-control”…

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Who is Diamesco? And Why Should We Care?

Several readers queried me recently on a Korean pump manufacturer by the name of Diamesco. This company apparently exhibited at last summer’s ADA conference, and has discussed plans to introduce its BEST LIFE insulin pump in the US market some time later this year.
“My understanding is that it delivers only meal-time boluses, basal dosing requires a separate injection. On the other hand it is supposed to be easy and comfortable to insert because of…

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Studies Show Correlation Between Storks, Babies, Diabetes

San Francisco, April 1, 2008 — Two new studies out of Croatia show strong evidence that residents of areas high in stork and baby populations also show high incidence of diabetes, and patients living in the affected areas also experience high blood sugar more often — despite drug treatments — than their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
The studies also showed that the following lifestyle elements either cause or exacerbate diabetes: watching TV, eating dairy…

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My Take: First Impressions, New Type 2 Implant, Test Strip Bidding War, and More

Taking a cue from Kevin, M.D., here’s an “at-a-glance” roundup of my take on some news of the day:
1) Dr. Rob reports on the importance of a physician’s opening remarks. “Saying the right things at the start will make the job much easier.” Ya think?! Nothing is worse than finally making it in to an endo visit only to be greeted with some asinine remark, like the one KK reported last week. Of course,…

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