Here are a few items I’ve come across that I thought I would share with D-Mom Blog readers.
FreeStyle Test Strip Recall
Abbott has issued a recall of certain lots of their test strips which may give inaccurate readings. None of the boxes in our supply cabinet are affected, but I have them stashed all over school! Read the recall notice and see which lot numbers are affected.
STICK IT TO DIABETES Sticker Drive
Caylin, daughter of One Happy Mama Kristina, is collecting stickers to stock up the endocrinology practice where they go every three months. To learn how you can donate some stickers, visit STICK IT TO DIABETES Sticker Drive.
The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013
Time Magazine named their picks for best inventions of the year and the newest Medtronic insulin pump with integrated CGM was among them. I had to roll my eyes a bit. I’m torn because it’s great that new diabetes technology is included in the list. But let’s all agree, this is no “artificial pancreas” even if the FDA allows the use of that term. Read why I think the Medtronic 530G is not an artificial pancreas and check out Time’s list of inventions.
Team Type 1 Foundation
Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1, announced scholarships for college athletes with type 1 diabetes. “The Foundation’s first U.S. initiative is a scholarship program for NCAA athletes with Type 1 diabetes. The program will award up to seven scholarships of $5,000 each to help student-athletes and their families offset the cost of diabetes care.” Read more on the Team Type 1 website.
A Haitian Boy’s Needless Death From Diabetes
The situation for people with diabetes in Haiti, as well as other developing nations throughout the world, is far less than idea. Here is a story about a twelve-year-old boy with diabetes who probably wouldn’t have died if they had access to treatments and tests including test strips. I don’t know if I personally would want “universal test strips” as the article suggests, but in certain parts of the world, it would definitely increase access to care. Read the New York Times OpEd piece.
Have you read or heard anything interesting lately?
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