Imagine, a Syringe-Button!

It looks a bit like a diaphragm. It is in fact a doohickey to allow patients to safely and comfortably inject themselves with medicine — even the needle-phobes. This new-fangled gadget is a Russian invention from designers Vladislav Kropachev and Vladimir Makarov. It actually won a 2005 Design Innovation Award last November, but has received surprisingly little press.
What you do with it is place it on your skin and simply push down with your…

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Why Blogs Are Special

So I had my first D-type “speaking engagement” at a local support group last week. Up there clicking around on the wall-projected web, trying to explain Web logs to a bunch of PWDs who barely use computers. Most of them never used the Internet to look for diabetes stuff at all. *Gasp!* Such an incredible resource…
“So this blog thing, it’s a web site?”
“Well, yes, but a special kind of web site.”
“Special? …”…

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Zen and the Art of Diabetes Advocacy

Meet Scott Hanselman. Then again, if you’re a devotee of techie blogs, you surely know him quite well. His smart programming blog, Computer Zen, culls 10,000 to 30,000 hits a day. He’s Chief Architect for an eBanking software company called Corillian. He’s also been an outspoken Type 1 diabetic for over 13 years now. He’s reviewed dozens of D-products and even wrote a diabetes management application for the PalmPilot, called GlucoPilot, some years back. When…

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Frustration (+ DexCom STS to the Rescue?)

As if to underscore the point that NOBODY’s immune to the volatility of this disease, I have seen my endo today and come away incredibly frustrated! My A1c has crept up to 7.2%. Not good, in my book, especially because the only way it seems to being going lately is up. Endo thinks this may be due in part to the “rebound effect” from too much night-time Lantus (I’ve been waking up bathed in sweat).…

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Mailbag Update: Stem Cell Battles, Fundraising for Faustman, and Mexican D-Camp for Kids

I am happy to report that my email inbox is so very, very full with meaningful D-news. (Thank you, people!) Yet I am so very, very behind in sharing this info. So here are a few Don’t-Miss items, from the mailbag:
* David Jensen, publisher of the California Stem Cell Report, writes to give me a heads-up about this nice post on a diabetes presentation at a recent meeting of the California stem cell agency.…

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