OmniPod & Navigator: When’s the Wedding?

How sweet would it be to have a tubeless insulin pump that also “talks” to a state-of-the-art CGM (continuous glucose monitor)? It may be coming sooner than we think…
Obviously, Insulet Corp. and Abbott Diabetes Care are in bed together: the integration of Abbott’s FreeStyle glucose meter into the OmniPod wireless insulin pump was a stroke of genius, as far as I’m concerned. Many of you also noticed that Insulet made mention of Abbott’s new…

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The Diabetes Bike Zone

To report on another side of ADA activities altogether, there was of course the Palo Alto Tour de Cure event this Sunday. Thank you all for your contributions! And ooh, man, I am proud of myself. My girlfriend and I zipped through the 30-mile (50k) course, and then I RODE HOME. Yes, adding another 25 miles to the course. (OK, it would’ve been just 20 miles if I hadn’t taken that wrong turn at Sand…

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And Where Was the ADA… ?

When Doug Burns’ neck was on the line last month, getting close to being jailed for a case of hypoglycemic confusion, where was the American Diabetes Association? That was my question. I was told the advocacy group provided “legal counsel,” but even after interacting with Doug’s lawyer, I didn’t really see the value-add. So I did a little digging, mainly to find out how much I could depend on this very-visible-but-rather-monolithic organization in times of…

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BlogHer Community Activism: Where’s the Healthcare?

The power gals over at BlogHer (online community for women bloggers founded in 2005) have had a stroke of genius: What if, they thought, every one of their 11,000+ members worked together to focus their collective brainpower, ingenuity and influence on one red-hot issue? “How about if that one red-hot issue was the focus of an organized, year-long campaign to make a measurable difference that this community cares about?”
To this end, last week the…

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Report Card Time, and Diabetes Video Stuff

School is out today, and my kids have aced the 2nd and 4th grades. The little one is ready as she’ll ever be for kindergarten this Fall (wow, my baby!) And the pride and start-of-summer euphoria extends to myself as well today. I went to see my endo a few days ago, and here’s my report card:
A1c – 5.9 (!!) That’s literally as low as I’ve been since immediate post-diagnosis — and that was…

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