Steve and I got a chance to talk to Edward Damiano, PhD, from Boston University about his work on the "Bionic Pancreas" while we were at the recent AACE meeting in Nashville. We have all seen a lot of information using CGMS and an insulin pump to automatically adjust insulin dosing for lows and highs but the Bionic Pancreas works by supplying glucagon to treat low blood sugars, making it the first mechanical device to mimic both the alpha and beta cells in the pancreas. Find out how this device fared in real world conditions.
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With a day packed full of education, motivational tools, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the TCOYD health fair is a great way to get your patients to take better care of their health and themselves. TCOYD.com
We can make a difference!
For some of your patients, trying to eat healthy foods is made even more difficult by their community environment, especially in inner city areas where "food deserts" without any fresh foods can be found. Groceryships is an innovative program started in Los Angeles that aims to correct some of these issues with educational, financial, and community support. Find out more with this overview of the groceryships program (PDF), and at groceryships.org.
Product of the Week
A collaborative group from Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital are working together to make automated blood glucose control a reality. Engineers from Boston University have developed a bionic pancreas system that uses continuous glucose monitoring along with subcutaneous delivery of both rapid-acting insulin (to lower blood glucose) and glucagon (to raise blood glucose) as directed by a computer algorithm. The bionic pancreas automatically makes a new decision about insulin and glucagon dosing every five minutes; that's 288 decisions per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Watch for more information coming from the ADA 75th Scientific Sessions June 7, 2015. See Item #1.
Mobile App of the Week
With over 20 million pounds (over 9M kgs) lost by users, Noom Weight Loss Coach has your patients need to eat well, be active, and stay motivated. The Noom Weight Loss Coach gives patients daily tasks to help create positive lifestyle changes for long-term weight loss. These tasks guide them through a scientifically-backed weight loss plan that provides informational articles, fun challenges, a daily Noom score to track how they're doing, activity reminders, plus easy and convenient food and exercise logging -- all the keys to successful weight loss.For more information and to download the app.
Test Your Knowledge Question #782
According to the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2013, the use of which medication class(es) place asymptomatic patients at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and are an additional indication for diabetes screening?
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