Some of you took exception to my recent review of the “Skinny Songs” CD. Because skinny is not synonymous with healthy, correct? True. But not being too overweight is certainly a big part of being healthy. Still, the fact that I just took this music to be an amusing “soundtrack to getting in shape” tells me how far I’ve come since my own eating disorder days. I’ve almost forgotten how painful it can be when…Read more »
Lots of buzz last week about that exciting development in stem cell therapy: Novocell researchers in San Diego, CA, managed to control diabetes in mice using human embryonic stem cells. A first! Validating the concept that embryonic stem cells can be coaxed into becoming insulin-producing islet cells right inside a living organism — rather than simply in a petri dish.
So how far off are we, really, from making this happen in humans?
Rumors will fly. They always do. Don’t ever think the world of health and medicine is any exception to that rule. Here are some details I’ve dug up on three that readers have run by me lately:
1) “On the CWD forums of late, a few people have been citing a failure rate of 20% for pods. Someone even said they were able to verify that with their Omnipod rep and that a manufacturing defect…
First off, I wanted to clear up any misconceptions about my perspective on Medtronic’s Guardian RT continuous glucose monitoring system versus the DexCom. Many of you came away from my first post with the impression that I prefer the DexCom (Seven). Not true. So far I’m finding the Guardian easier to use and more accurate than the Dex. A few details to elaborate:
* I find the Guardian much less fussy to wear and use.…Read more »
Speaking of CGM that’s not ready for prime-time, what the heck is the hold-up on Abbott’s FreeStyle Navigator, the third continuous glucose monitoring product originally expected to hit the market last year?
In a statement posted last month, the company’s website says only: “Abbott’s FreeStyle
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System was launched in Europe last year
and is under active U.S. FDA review. Also in development is a fully integrated
blood glucose monitoring system combining…