Institutionalizing Frustration

If there’s anyone out there living with diabetes who does NOT find it frustrating, send me an email. I’d like to hear your secret. For the rest of us, living with it just got that much harder through a yet another “standardized guideline” announced by the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) last week.
“The new IDF Guideline recommends that people with diabetes try to keep post-meal blood glucose levels to less than 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl)…

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Look Who’s Blogging

Two new blogs you’ll want to know about:
* The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has launched a blog (!) at its new Side by Side website. The co-authors are three bubbly CDEs: Barbara Walz, from San Antonio, Texas; Molly Rodriguez, also from Texas, grandmother of four; and Sharlene Emerson, of Western Pennsylvania Hospital.
Happy to see that I’m on the blogroll, along with the Diabetes OC site and a handful of our other…

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And Did I Mention…? More Health 2.0

This whole Health 2.0 movement I’ve been talking about could be defined simply as the current “explosion of new personal health technologies.” Which is exciting on its own. But there’s more to it. In fact, the experts are grappling over a larger definition indicating “a complete renaissance in the way that healthcare is actually delivered.”
Things are changing, Folks, so keep your eyes peeled.
One thing that was clear at the Health 2.0 conference last…

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BusinessWeek Covers “Designing for Diabetics”

Score another point for Health 2.0! Meaning, in this case, that the voice of the patient community is resounding, all the way to the Innovation Dept. of BusinessWeek.
Check out this feature article that went live last night, called “DESIGNING FOR DIABETICS.”
The mainstream media (MSM) got whiff of our whole push for improved medical product design, i.e. our campaign to get the vendors to “provide diabetics with equipment that fits as seamlessly into their…

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The Future Of (Is) Health on the Net

It felt like the early days of the Internet, when a bunch of seemingly delirious companies were all hyped up about something called “eCommerce” — the then-stunning concept that people might actually conduct end-to-end shopping transactions on the Net, from browsing products to paying and delivery. Who would’ve thought?
So if some of the new stuff debuted at yesterday’s forward-looking Health 2.0 conference sounds dubious to you now, take a deep breath and keep an…

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