Admittedly, I’m a bit tardy here in publishing the final installment of my Winter Olympics conversations with cross-country skier Kris Freeman. He has type 1 diabetes and was America’s best hope for a medal in his sport in Vancouver this year — but alas, things did not go well for Kris this time around. He suffered a BG low in the 15k, his best event; fell far behind in the 30k; and ended up dropping…Read more »
I’m back today for my second exclusive check-in with Kris Freeman, world-class cross-country skier competing in the Winter Olympics this week. He’s the only athlete there with diabetes. And on Saturday, it caught up with him. A blood sugar crash killed his chances for taking a medal in the men’s 30K event, where he was a favorite (he fell to 45th place after having to lie down in the snow mid-race for a bit). Naturally,…Read more »
Very big news in the diabetes world today, Folks: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has announced a partnership with insulin pump makers Animas Corp. (a Johnson & Johnson company) to actually start building the first ready-for-market artificial pancreas, i.e. “a fully automated system to dispense insulin … based on real-time changes in blood sugar levels.” DexCom will provide the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology for the new system being developed.
I was fortunate to…
If you’re like me — or even if you don’t spend quite as much time browsing “all things diabetes” in cyberspace — you might have noticed that the incredible proliferation of new D-blogs and online communities is making it seemingly impossible to keep up. Which is actually a wonderful thing, I suppose.
Quite by accident, in the days after Christmas, I happened upon a small notice for a San Francisco diabetes meetup. It turned out…
Last week I learned of yet another company, Echo Therapuetics out of the Boston area, that is developing a transdermal continuous glucose monitoring system for people with diabetes. Naturally that means a non-invasive monitor that takes constant readings through your skin.
Been there. Heard that. Right?
Well, allow me to briefly introduce their work before we get into the discussion about whether skin-surface monitoring will ever succeed.
Echo’s Symphony system is made up of four…