I was given the opportunity to do a free two-week trial of the Vibe on behalf of A Sweet Life. Having never used an Animas pump before (but nearly all of their competitors), I was particularly excited to see what they’re all about and to get my hands on the first Dexcom G4-integrated pump system. Read more
J&J Animas finally received US FDA approval of their Animas Vibe Dexcom-integrated insulin pump that has been available in Europe since 2011 and will start shipping in January 2015. Another player in the CGMS business, Abbott Diabetes, received the CE Mark for their new FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring system in 2014. Read more
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 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 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 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
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
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 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.
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