Insulin Pump Comparison: Which Pump is Right for You?

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Insulin Pump Comparison

With the announcement of Animas Vibe’s FDA approval in the United States and last week’s first shipments of Asante’s new MySnap reaching customers, it’s the perfect time for an insulin pump comparison. Which pump should you be using in 2015? Read more

CGM in the Cloud: A Community Unites to Tackle Diabetes

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CGM in the Cloud is a concept first put forward by engineer (and father of a young son with type 1) John Costik early last year that, in a nutshell, entails taking a patient’s CGMs device real-time data, sending it to the cloud, and then allowing access to that data – again, in real-time – in remote locations, such as a webpage, a cell phone, or a wearable, like the popular Pebble smartwatch. Read more

Summer and Diabetes: Four Gadgets That Will Make Your Life More Delicious

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Summer with diabetes can be tough. It’s the season of beer and sangria, juicy watermelon, sweet corn, and, at least if you’re in my neighborhood, a full hour of the Mr. Softee truck’s siren song every single afternoon. So this summer, I decided to search for diabetes-friendly kitchen gadgets that would enable me to enjoy summer and keep my diabetes under control. Read more

Lifebringer: This New Diabetes App is a Virtual Caregiver

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Lifebringer is a free, interactive web-based app for type 1 and 2 diabetics, as well as newly diagnosed diabetics, that goes beyond simply tracking blood sugars and organizing numbers input users. It also uses Meehan’s program, called Nagbot, to interact with the user. Nagbot sends encouraging emails to the user over their computer, tablet, or mobile device reminding them to test, or letting them know how they’re doing, and suggesting ways to improve their health. Nagbot, in other words, acts as a helpful companion. Read more

10 Things to Love About the Asante Snap Insulin Pump

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Whether you’re used to a slow priming device or a relatively quick one, you’ve never seen one quite as fast as the Asante Snap. As soon as you twist the cartridge cap on, insulin appears at the end of the introducer needle. The innovative cartridge cap that auto-primes the tubing also contains additional occlusion detection rather than relying solely on back pressure like other pumps. Read more

Patient Partner: Choosing a Way to Better Health

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Akhila Satish, a public health advocate who has earned a master’s degree in biotechnology and built a company before hitting her quarter-life crisis, sees a way to a healthier society.
She has built Patient Partner, a mobile app based on a series of multiple-choice questions. It’s structured like a choose your own adventure game. Read more

Medivizor Sends You and Your Doctor Personalized Health Information

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Medivizor is a new and unique online health information service that personalizes health information for patients, caregivers and medical professionals, and sends it to you via email. The service is free and the information is specific and relevant to your condition, situation, needs and interests.
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Sensor Sensibility: A look At Medtronic’s Enlite Sensor

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I was particularly interested in the Enlite sensor, as I had used its predecessor, the Sof-sensor, for two years before switching to the Dexcom G4 sensor. For a long time, I complained at a high pitch about the Sof-sensor, and have found the Dexcom G4 to be worlds better. Read more

HelpAround: A Crowdsourced Safety Net for People With Diabetes

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I have no doubt that HelpAround will benefit the diabetes community. Our lives depend on supplies, after all, but with our busy lifestyles and scattered minds, forgetting something is a real risk. As we begin to use HelpAround, other communities will learn and become inspired by the solidarity among people with diabetes. Read more

Seven New Diabetes Products to Look for in 2014

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Most of the diabetes products we thought would be introduced in 2013 did not make it to the U.S. market. We’re optimistic that some of those products will be available this year. Some, however, like Abbott’s Navigator 2, still seem far off. Read more

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