Information Bias in Research, Uh-huh

While we’re on the subject of patient studies, here’s another thing: “regular” research with real live patients is not without its faults, no sir. By that I mean to say that even though studies using real, live people may seem quite preferable to computer simulation, things are not always as forthright as they seem.
This month’s Diabetes Voice magazine from the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) features an extremely interesting piece about information bias in research:…

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Who Needs Patient Studies When You’ve Got PCs?

Roche Diagnostics recently conducted a clinical study of “biomarkers” that indicate insulin resistance, involving 62 Type 2 diabetes patients. The thing was, none of the patients were real.
A fascinating Bio-IT World article published today, called “I, Virtual Patient”, explains how Roche worked with Entelos, one of the leading software companies offering programs that allow pharmaceutical companies to simulate clinical trials using computers. No human patients required… Geez!
The idea was that using this new…

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Corrections on an NFL Tattoo

A few days ago my inbox revealed yet another unexpected gem: a personal note from Oakland Raiders player Dustin Rykert, writing to correct me on my coverage of his experience being tattooed with diabetes. (Rykert made headlines with a medical symbol tattoo on his chest in 2003).
Dustin writes to clear the false impression that he may have had the assistance of a full training staff while obtaining and healing from his tattoo(s):
“Just to…

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DexCom Patient Software Approved and Available

Thanks to MikeG for the tip, as my family and I have literally just landed. Cleared customs, hopped in a van, dropped our luggage in the foyer, and of course I’m online already (if a little light-headed).
But I just had to call attention to the news that DexCom’s software allowing patients to download and view up to 30 days of glucose data from its wireless continuous monitoring system was approved by the FDA today!…

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“GlucoPhone” and Other Seriously Questionable Devices

As my vacation winds down, I’m trying to spend just a little time catching up on the hottest links, etc. What caught my eye first was a blurb over at Medgadget, introducing the dubious GlucoPhone — an utterly amazing all-in-one cell phone and glucometer gadget that (quote) helps “provide 24/7 support and emergency intervention to Diabetes Phone subscribers — anytime, anywhere. It’s a full disease management system.”
As the watchdog editors over at Medgadget point…

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