The Top 10 Diabetes Breakthroughs of 2014

Insulin Nation

From artificial pancreas trials to stem cell breakthroughs, 2014 was a big year for Type 1 diabetes news. The two biggest producers of insulin spent a lot of money on attorney fees in 2014 as they duked it out in US courts over a patent dispute. Tandem’s pumps have been the go-to pumps for artificial pump researchers in 2014. It seemed as though you couldn’t go to a diabetes summer camp in 2014 without running into a researcher with an artificial pancreas to try.

The T1 Tech/Treatment Roundup: May 2014

Insulin Nation

Here’s the latest news on some of the gear and treatments that might make life easier for people with T1: Pasta Lovers, Rejoice! The smart-looking little Dario glucometer is continuing its roll-out into the European marketplace by announcing it has received approval for reimbursement from Italian health insurance companies.

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The T1 Treatment Roundup: June 2014

Insulin Nation

A Neuropathy Tricorder? The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts-based Neurometrix is now selling a device in Japan that can externally monitor neuropathy damage. According to Neurometrix’s website , the DPNCheck is a handheld device that can quickly measure biomarkers that indicate neuropathic damage. The device is being billed as a diagnostic tool to help catch the early stages of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and keep tabs on how neuropathy might be progressing. Inhibitive Behavior.

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2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement

Chilmark Research

For better or for worse, 2014 was a big year for consumer engagement. Over the course of 2014 it has become increasingly clear that incumbent HIT vendors are simply not going to lead when it comes to improving between visit care, enabling a complete, longitudinal record (which includes preferences, information, and other inputs from the patient) and incorporating new tools into doctors’ workflow. The post 2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement appeared first on Chilmark Research.

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Our Best Diabetes Humor in 2014

Insulin Nation

Here at Insulin Nation , we believe humor is an important part of staying physically and mentally healthy, so we made some silly videos to go along with the news in 2014. Our thinking is that Type 1 diabetes is such a serious condition that sometimes you have to laugh so you don’t cry. Take a look back with us at when we put on our red noses to explore the lighter side of Type 1 diabetes: What if you could read the thoughts of someone with Type 1?

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#WWBR Week of September 22, 2014

Chilmark Research

“Although it was based on a small sample size, Kaufman Hall found inpatient utilization rates either unchanged or down for a majority of nonprofit hospitals through the first 2 quarters of 2014. The post #WWBR Week of September 22, 2014 appeared first on Chilmark Research. In this week’s WWBR, lots on pricing transparency and payment reform in the health system, and some new thoughts on whether all this excitement is really warranted.

I’m Innovating My Brains Out Over Here

Digital Health

This post also appeared June 16, 2014 in PE Hub. Phil & Luke Dunphy. I was watching an episode of the sitcom Modern Family on TV the other day and one of the subplots was about one of the kids, Luke, trying to invent the next great kitchen innovation. Among his attempts are a toaster that butters and toasts simultaneously, the coffee-bot (never fully explained), and a self-flipping pancake whose mechanism of action is embedded popcorn.

Hacker arrested for 2014 UPMC data breach involving 65K employees

FierceHealthIT

Hacker arrested for 2014 UPMC data breach involving 65K employees. hlandi. Thu, 06/18/2020 - 18:46

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The eHarmonizing of Healthcare

Digital Health

Last week I saw an article announcing eHarmony ’s intent to launch a new career-matching service that will “pair hiring managers with candidates based on desired culture, personality and skill-set traits.”. Potential couples should not ignore those quirks. Granted, this could go somewhat legally awry if hiring managers are entering criteria suggesting they are looking for a hot personal assistant or a cabana boy with 6-pack abs, but the idea is intriguing.

Shock Value: Choosing Pain Over Self Reflection

Digital Health

There was a story in the Washington Post a few weeks back that started with this paragraph: “People, and especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they’d rather be in pain. In a study published in Science Thursday on the ability of people to let their minds “wander” — that is, for them to sit and do nothing but think — researchers found that about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men chose electric shocks over their own company.”.

Digital Health: What the Hell?

Digital Health

So a bit of a lapse in posts for me as I spent a luxurious few weeks vacationing. It’s amazing how fast that buzz can wear off as the world shoots you out of a cannon and back into your desk chair. I figured I would ease back into the blog with something light-hearted, so today I bring you the first installment of Digital Health: What the Hell?

MVPs in Health: Minimum Viable Product or Mightily Vexing Problem?

Digital Health

One thing the tech software industry is great at is failing fast. This concept of “failing fast” means, at least in part, rapidly bringing the “minimum viable product” to market, even if it’s a little rocky and feature-light, and then fixing it as it gets adopted by iterating with new releases. We see this all the time in software-driven products and even with some hardware ones, such as mobile phones. Remember the first iPhone? Super cool at the time but, in retrospect, it needed some work.

AADE 2014 – Noticias de la Conferencia

Insulin Nation

Cada verano los educadores de diabetes se reúnen en su conferencia anual; esta sirve de educación continua y como manera de conocer más acerca de las nuevas tecnologías, nuevos medicamentos e inclusive alimentos, esto con el propósito de que puedan recomendarlo a sus pacientes. Es la segunda vez que asistimos a esta conferencia, una reunión a mi entender muy necesaria para este personal médico.

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Survey: Health app adoption has tripled since 2014

Mobi Health News

New survey data out this week from Accenture shows that healthcare consumers are using more wearables and apps, and are more bullish on virtual care, than ever before. But they also have high expectations for their health technology, which the industry may not be able to meet

The T1D Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

Insulin Nation

People with Type 1 diabetes have learned that it takes more work to stay healthy than it would for the average person. The same would hold true with surviving the zombie apocalypse.

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Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2014 edition

Meaningful HIT News

on the day before the official opening of the 2014 HIMSS Conference , rather than in his Chicago office a week or so in advance. 23, 2014, at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla. 13:05 Fewer EHR vendors certified for 2014, but more HIMSS exhibitors. It’s time for my annual podcast interview with HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber, this time from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.,

Shameless Public Displays of Diabetes

Insulin Nation

Editor’s Note – In early 2014, a Miss Manners advice column suggested that people with diabetes should wait until they find a discreet place to test their blood sugars rather than test in public view. That column caused strong feelings among the diabetes community on both sides. In this column, author and life coach Laura Kronen takes the opposite position while responding to public reaction to a photo of herself injecting insulin in public.

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Baring All for Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Nation

One of the biggest diabetes stories of 2014 came about when Miss Idaho chose to expose her insulin pump during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America contest. Claire, living with T1D for 18 years. A pair of young women with Type 1 diabetes plan to take that type of exposure one step further in 2015. Kat Reed and Tara Layman have created a calendar, T1D Exposed, comprised of people with Type 1 diabetes in the buff, but wearing their pumps or continuous glucose monitors.

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7 Stocking Gift Ideas for People with Type 1

Insulin Nation

According to Healthline, the top-ranking paid diabetes apps of 2014 include Glucool and Diabetes Pilot. In the festive spirit of giving, it’s truly the thought that counts. That being said, I’ve graciously received many diabetes-themed gifts that I either later donated to the others or to the trash bin. For example. sugar-free candy has been a popular Secret Santa present with my name on it.

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5 Viral T1D Social Media Campaigns

Insulin Nation

As we approach Diabetes Awareness Month 2014, Insulin Nation takes a look at five T1D campaigns trending now: #noT1D. This campaign, which began in Summer 2014, is still going strong. Social media drives discussions on issues, and the diabetes online community is striving to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes with some creative social media campaigns.

Most People with Type 1 Still Producing Insulin

Insulin Nation

Diabetologia 2014;57(1):187-91. If you have Type 1 diabetes and are out of the “honeymoon period,” you’ve probably been told that your pancreas has stopped producing insulin. But it turns out that information may be wrong. Many people with Type 1 still produce at least some insulin, even years after diagnosis.

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Insulin Pumps Keep Pitchers in the Game

Insulin Nation

Headlines were made early in the 2014 baseball season when New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was thrown out of a game for smearing pine tar on his neck to “doctor” the ball. But as of May 2014 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan has been wearing something on his body to help with his pitching performance, and he’s getting praise for it from his coaches. Dustin McGowan.

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Superfoods for People with Type 1?

Insulin Nation

Meanwhile, a 2014 Tel Aviv University study found that consuming whey protein concentrate before breakfast helped with after-meal blood sugar spikes. Craig Idlebrook contributed to this article. Every adult with Type 1 knows, at least basically, how to count carbs and estimate the amount of insulin needed to cover those carbs. Fewer know how to seek out the foods that may help in maintaining good blood glucose levels.

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5 Ways People with Diabetes Are More Successful

Insulin Nation

When I’m not taking care of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I’m a corporate speaker for the Energy Project. The project’s purpose is to partner with organizations to create workplaces that are healthier, happier, more focused and more purposeful. I strive to help people become more accountable for their own happiness and the success of their organizations. To teach this personal accountability, I often draw upon my experience in interacting with the Type 1 diabetes community.

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3 Tips for Navigating T1D in Marriage

Insulin Nation

When I first met my wife, she didn’t know much about diabetes. She quickly got a crash course. A couple of weeks after we started dating, we were talking on the phone when my blood sugar crashed. Trying to keep up my end of the conversation got increasingly difficult as my brain became more deprived of glucose. At some point I accepted that this wasn’t going to get any better on its own and I was able to piece together a sentence explaining that I would have to call her back.

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7 Tips to Stop Injection Site Bruising

Insulin Nation

Integrated Diabetes Services (IDS) provides detailed advice and coaching on diabetes management from certified diabetes educators and dieticians. In 2015, Insulin Nation will be featuring a regular Q&A column from IDS that answers questions submitted from the Type 1 diabetes community. Q: Is it common to get bruises at the site of injection? What can you do about that? A: There are many reasons that an injection site might develop a bruise.

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How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with T1D

Insulin Nation

People with Type 1 diabetes have learned that it takes more work to stay healthy than it would for the average person. The same would hold true with surviving the zombie apocalypse. Staying alive with Type 1 while dodging zombie hordes will take just a bit more forethought, so it’s good to have a plan. With this in mind, Insulin Nation has compiled a step-by-step guide for staying alive when the dead rise to eat the living*: 1.

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Denied Insulin in Prison

Insulin Nation

An Alberta man with Type 1 diabetes was recently pulled over by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an unpaid speeding ticket, and he was lucky it didn’t end up costing him his life. According to a report in CBC News – Edmonton , Mitchell Chernoff was pulled over during a weekend traffic stop in late June and arrested for the unpaid ticket. At the time of his arrest, his insulin was taken away.

3 Recipes for a Happy T1D Thanksgiving

Insulin Nation

At first glance, Thanksgiving can feel like a culinary minefield for people with Type 1 diabetes. The thinking is that you have to either use a truckload of insulin to cover for the carb fest of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie, or you have to avoid it altogether.

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The Diabetes Guilt Trip

Insulin Nation

I’m often surprised by the number of patients who come into my office and immediately say, “I’ve been bad,“ or ”I cheated,” referring to not having lost the weight that they had hoped to or not making all of the food choices that they had planned. Moreover, patients come in programmed to believe their doctors are going to scold them for physical issues that truly result from a faulty pancreas.

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The Myth of Perfect BG Control

Insulin Nation

Are you trying to be the “perfect” person with diabetes? If so, you could be setting yourself up to feel like a failure. Because there is no such thing as the perfect person with diabetes. Setting a goal to have “perfect” blood glucose control is admirable, but the concept of “perfect” blood glucose control is a myth. I’ve found in my experience as a psychologist and a certified diabetes educator that trying to achieve perfection is an unrealistic goal that can do more harm than good.

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How to Establish T1D Boundaries with Parents

Insulin Nation

Managing a disease like Type 1 diabetes is often done best when done with family support. Many would argue that there is no other way to live with Type 1. But what happens when it’s time to declare independence with your diabetes self-care? How do you do that without a lot of hurt feelings? I was diagnosed when I was 10 years old, so naturally my parents played a very integral role in helping me learn about how to take care of myself.

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The 12 Types of Lows

Insulin Nation

In Laura Kronen’s new book, Too Sweet, the not-so-serious side to diabetes , she comes to terms with a Type 1 diagnosis while keeping a sense of humor. In this excerpt, she runs down 10 common experiences that people with Type 1 diabetes might recognize in their own lives. What’s interesting about low blood sugar is that the symptoms are never the same from person to person or episode to episode.

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Should You Go to a Diabetes Psychologist?

Insulin Nation

When I tell people I am a psychologist who specializes in diabetes (and who also happens to have Type 1 diabetes), they often are startled that there is such a specialty. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “Is there really a need for that?” or “How hard can having diabetes really be?”. It’s no secret to anyone who has diabetes that living with the condition can be really tough – and that the biggest challenges are often mental. Think about it for a minute.

Insulin Pen Misuse At Hospitals

Insulin Nation

In March 2014, 4,427 people with diabetes in the Long Island area received notice that they may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens because staff at the South Nassau Community Hospital reused insulin pens on multiple patients. Hospitals are supposed to be places to heal, but they can also become hotbeds of infection if proper rules of hygiene aren’t being followed.

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8 Things Your Child’s Teacher Should Know About T1D

Insulin Nation

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL – PART 1 of 2. It’s that time of year – back to school! New notebooks, new clothes, new bookbag, and new teachers that will need a crash course in diabetes education. When my son was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, we were two weeks into 4th grade. We were lucky in that his teacher has a child that had been diagnosed a year earlier with T1D. That first year was so much easier because she just understood.

It’s Not Just My Diabetes

Insulin Nation

So you are dealing with your Type 1 diabetes all by yourself. No one else can do it for you. That’s what we’re told by our doctors as they try to instil in us personal responsibility, and we take it to heart, perhaps too much. Since we’re the only ones who have to count carbs, check blood sugar, and be careful when exercising, it is our condition alone. But we all know deep down that it isn’t just our diabetes. Our moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and partners all endure this with us.

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Is Glucagon Ready for Primetime?

Insulin Nation

Xeris will officially be announcing the results of the study at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, being held June 13th – 17th, 2014 in San Francisco. If you’ve ever been given glucagon, chances are you weren’t focused enough to see how it was reconstituted. Considered the counterweight hormone to insulin, glucagon is typically only given in emergency situations to quickly treat extreme lows.

The 12 Different Types of Highs

Insulin Nation

Just as there are many types of lows, there are endless breeds of highs, as well. So many external factors can adversely affect your efforts to control your blood sugar levels, including stress, hormonal changes, periods of growth, physical activity, medications, illness, and fatigue. It’s truly amazing when you get a normal reading! See how many of these highs you have experienced: 1. The Didn’t-Shoot-Up-High-Enough High: This one is completely your fault.

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Why Do Doctors Miss T1D Diagnoses?

Insulin Nation

With a growing number of children being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it would seem that there would be more awareness of the symptoms of its onset, but this is not the case. A recent study done by UK doctors in Southampton and Oxford documented that diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) was present in 25% of 2,000 UK children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This means that physicians failed to notice and treat the Type 1 symptoms of these children before they became life-threatening.