Type 1 Tuesday 08.03.10

by Leighann on August 3, 2010

D-Mom Blog Type 1 Tuesday

Here are some recent news stories, press releases, and product announcements of note:

Los Angeles Times: UC San Diego researchers develop implantable glucose sensor that lasts for a year in pigs

  • This sentence made me read twice: “As many as 800,000 people already use external insulin pumps that, through programming, inject a continuous background level of insulin and higher jolts at mealtimes or when a physical blood test indicates.” Jolts, hmmm, is that the lay term for bolus? Come here, Q, let me give you a jolt for your lunch.
  • “Parents of diabetics…typically worry about sugar levels in their children during the night, frequently waking them up to take readings. The new device could broadcast an alert if levels got too low or too high.”
  • “In a small chamber in the device, glucose from the blood is oxidized and the device measures the oxygen that is left behind. A second sensor measures the amount of oxygen in the blood. By subtracting the two readings, the device can tell how much glucose is in the blood. It then transmits the reading to a receiver that must be within 10 to 12 feet of the patient.”

Cellnovo: The World’s First Wireless Touchscreen Diabetes Pump

  • The “wireless touchscreen handset” looks very similar to an iPhone.
  • It has a “compact disposable pump, and a smart, durable pump housing unit” which do have a small length of tubing.
  • They list six executives and I was hoping to see background information on them–having diabetes is a plus for understanding patient needs–but they just include a sound bite from each.
  • It’s interesting that they call it a “diabetes pump” and not an “insulin pump.” They also ask in one of the demo videos how your “sugar” is. Are they trying to dummy things down? I think people who are looking into an insulin pump probably are capable of using phrases like insulin pump and blood sugar. The company is based in London, so maybe that’s the terminology they use across the pond.

Calibra Gains FDA Clearance to Market Finesse Insulin Patch-Pen for Three-Day Use With Novolog

  • “Combining the mealtime therapy-adherence benefits of insulin pumps with the simplicity and affordability of syringes and pens, Calibra’s novel bolus-only patch-pen is a small, adhesively attached, flat device that can be operated discretely through clothing to deliver mealtime, snack time, and correction bolus insulin in seconds.”
  • “Measuring roughly two inches long, one-inch wide and one-quarter inch thick, Finesse is a small, plastic device designed to be worn on the skin like a bandage. Patients fill the device with up to three days of insulin using a standard syringe. Finesse is operated discreetly through a user’s clothing by squeezing together two buttons on the device. From start to finish, each dose takes seconds to complete.”
  • If you are on MDI that includes both short-acting and long-acting insulin such as Lantus, I’m assuming you still have to have that Lantus injection.
  • It will be interesting to see what age group this is approved for. My guess is that it wouldn’t be appropriate for young children if they could push the buttons and accidentally give themselves a bolus.

Diabetes Health: The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Meets the Challenge of Training Diabetes Educators Across the Globe

  • “The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute (JJDI) provides health professionals with no-cost education and training programs in key regions of the world – China, Japan, the U.S. and Europe.”
  • “One exercise that has proven to be especially effective takes a “day in the life” approach, where the educators try to experience what it is like to self-manage diabetes.  “This morning before lunch, we gave everyone a chance to use a blood glucose meter and really get to know how to use it,” said Dr. Horwitz.  “At lunch, they counted their carbs, with some help. Then, at the end of the day, we started them on an insulin pump (without insulin, of course). They had to wear the pump and then to go to dinner in a restaurant, without carb cards and figure it out.”
  • You know what I think? I think that this type of “day in the life” training should be mandatory for ALL endocrinologists, CDE’s, and nurses who are part of a person with diabetes’ care team! You know what they say: Walk a mile in my shoes.
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