Kid-Friendly Diabetes Design

Ever notice that none of the pumps, meters, or new CGMs on the market are actually designed for kids?  I mean with bold colors and super-simple buttons and big happy faces… You know, like Fisher Price on insulin? 
Well, all that may be about to change.  As part of the fallout on my iPod vs. medical design post, a 22-year-old industrial design student at Philadelphia University contacted me to say he’s devoted his thesis to…

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The Diabetic Dating Thing

Oh dear, I am so underqualified to write this post — seeing as how I haven’t actually dated in what, 20 years or so? (Gads, that makes me feel old).  But I’m going to write it anyway, because it’s an important topic and I’m curious what you all think.
I realize how hard it must be.  A first date… a dinner.  An offer of dessert?  A necessary shot, or a protruding pump, an unexpected low… …

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Cranky Post

For those of you who still think I’m too chipper, I’ll have you know that even though life is pretty great at the moment, the diabetes has been hovering in the background like a stubborn zit: just can’t seem to enjoy a full day without being reminded of how stupid and ugly it is… Therefore, today a Cranky Post (or Crost), a la Kerri.
FLOP…
So I clock in at 184 the other afternoon, program…

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Diabetes Lifeline: How to Fight Back?

Please welcome, today at DiabetesMine, a new community category I’m calling Diabetes Lifeline.  Maybe not the most original name, but if the shoe fits…  The idea is that I get quite a few emails from people all over asking for help with various diabetes-related predicaments, in many cases how to stage an intervention for a friend or loved one going horribly awry with their diabetes.  And guess what?  I don’t have all the answers.  I’m…

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Not Enough Dirt?

Anyone familiar with the “hygiene hypothesis“?  This theory proposes that by living in an ever-more-sterile environment, we have forced our immune systems to “look for something else to do,” like causing asthma and an array of allergies, or attacking our islet cells, for example.
The theory goes that children who grow up exposed to multiple bacteria have stronger immune systems — whereas the rising incidence of conditions like Type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple…

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