Quality of Life

Spending time in Europe always makes me think about LIFE… the hectic way we drive from place to place at home, versus the long communal breakfasts and peaceful afternoon coffee-and-cake sittings here. Breathlessly fumbling to lock the front door juggling purse, backpack, plastic grocery sacks and sunglasses under the flawless blue California sky, versus hearing the patter of the rain on the stained-glass windows as our familial gathering chatters and laughs over our Kaffee.
And…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 15: Walk a Mile in These Shoes

Welcome back to the Diabetic Partner Follies, where the partners of people with diabetes (PWDs) come to share. Michael has had a crash course in this disease since his wife was diagnosed, and it ain’t been pretty. Like so many others, he’s searching for some kindred spirits:

Amy:
I am SO glad I found your site. It’s been a wonderful source of information and humor about PWD’s.
I’m the spouse of a 39-year old type…

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Goodbye A1c, Hello ABG?

Here’s a bit of news from the 2007 ADA Conference last week that I could swear we heard there last year: The world of A1c is supposedly about to change… being replaced by a revolutionary new measure called the ABG (Average Blood Glucose).
Physicians are apparently conducting “a major study” to demonstrate that the new test is indeed superior.
But the experts I’ve queried said they don’t like the concept at all, and that the…

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Meet Medingo — The Future of Patch Pumps?

Move over, OmniPod (?): Medingo Medical Solutions, based in Israel, is bragging that it’s creating “the first truly discreet insulin patch pump.”
Like the OmniPod, the product they’re developing, called the Solo™ system, is a two-part wireless system consisting of an insulin “patch” that adheres to the skin and a separate remote control unit with an integrated blood glucose monitor.
According to Medingo, the Solo will have a thinner profile than the OmniPod, and offer…

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2007 ADA Conference: The Bad News, etc.

Hey, it’s the Virtual Age! Who says I actually have to be physically present at the annual ADA Conference (which kicked off this weekend) to bring you all the hottest news?
(Note that ADA staffers are putting a human face on the event this year with their collaborative SciSessions blog. Once again, I hope to represent the rest of us…)
It’s a very exciting year for gene research and community diabetes care, according to the…

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