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July 2012

Stylish Diabetes Supply Cases From Myabetic.com

Kyrra Richards, who has type 1 diabetes, has transformed her desire for a stylish diabetes carrying case into a thriving business. Her sense of style has struck a chord with a large audience, including a company that is working with her to customize her line to its pump. It’s been several years since Diabetes Health interviewed Kyrra at an AADE conference (http://www.diabeteshealth.com/tv/play/182.html).  I spoke to her recently to catch up and see how things were going.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 8, 2012

April 2011

New Study Suggests the Effectiveness of Diabetes Education Paired With Meters With Advanced Features

A new study has proven that use of a blood glucose meter with advanced features, when paired with diabetes education, more effectively manages blood glucose than using a basic feature meter. This information was presented at the recent 46th European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 18, 2011

March 2011

The Great Lancing Debate

My almost 20 years as a diabetes educator have been memorable in many ways, but certain moments stand out more than others.  Because blood glucose testing is an important part of diabetes management for everyone I see, I try to assess each person’s skills and habits in this key area.  I’ll never forget the time I asked a client how often he changed his lancet.  He had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about four years earlier and was checking regularly, so it seemed like a reasonable question.  He proceeded to look at me with a puzzled expression and say, “You mean you’re supposed to change those things?”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 7, 2011

January 2011

The Lowdown on Downloading

It doesn't matter if you're a computer geek or complete technophobe: If you've ever made the effort to download your blood glucose meter, you probably don't have a clue about what to do with the data once you've gotten it.  That needs to change. Those of us who live with diabetes need to become more adept at analyzing our own data, to see what's working and what isn't both for our own sake and that of our time-strapped healthcare providers. .

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 25, 2011

December 2010

Pepex Trio One-Click Blood Glucose Meter

Research firm Frost & Sullivan, a leading international healthcare consulting company, released a market study analyzing and estimating the demand for Pepex Biomedical Inc.'s new biosensor technology for blood glucose monitoring for diabetes sufferers worldwide.  The researchers interviewed diagnosed diabetics, diabetes educators, endocrinologists, and manufacturers of biosensors, blood glucose meters, or other clinical diagnostic or patient monitoring equipment suppliers for the study.  The Frost & Sullivan report concluded that the Pepex Trio technology has the "potential as a new standard for measuring blood glucose levels."

comments 6 comments - Posted Dec 21, 2010

October 2010

The Cost of Diabetes

In July, I went to order a refill of my pump and was refused. My account was overdue, and my pump company wouldn't issue a refill until I could pay at least $400 of the $1200 I owed. I didn't have $400. I am a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a knack for stretching my husband's paycheck. I'd been making small monthly payments of about $50 because that was all we could afford, but now they wouldn't send me any more. So I went to the pharmacy and bought a box of syringes for $25. I didn't want to go back to multiple daily injections, but I didn't see that I had a choice.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 9, 2010

Sanofi-Aventis Announces Coming Release of BGStar and iBGStar Blood Glucose Meters

Last week, sanofi-aventis announced the upcoming launch of the blood glucose meters BGStar® and iBGStarTM (developed by sanofi and its partner AgaMatrix), which should be available in early 2011.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 4, 2010

September 2010

Glucose Meter Plug-in for iPhone

Sanofi-aventis announced the upcoming launch of the blood glucose monitoring (BGM) devices BGStar® and iBGStarTM, developed by sanofi-aventis and its partner AgaMatrix. Due to their convenience, accuracy and ease-of-use, BGStar® and iBGStarTM will help the decision-making process for people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals, with the aim of improving patient self-management. iBGStarTM connects to the iPhone® or iPod touch®. This is an important step towards sanofi-aventis' vision of becoming the leader in global diabetes care by integrating innovative monitoring technology, therapeutic innovations, personalized services and support solutions. BGStar® and iBGStarTM are planned to be made commercially available in the first markets in early 2011.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 27, 2010

No BG Deal: Today's Meter Innovations Leave Many Yawning for More

In my office, there is a box.  Nothing fancy, just a plain brown box filled with a collection of "old school" diabetes stuff:  "boil and re-use" syringes, urine test tape, screw-driven insulin pumps, medieval injection aids and lancing devices, and so on.  Of course, no such collection would be complete without an array of classic blood glucose meters.  The oldest one I have is a plug-in-the-wall model called a "Dextrometer" that featured test strip rinsing solution and a red LED display that could burn the retina of anyone within six feet.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 9, 2010

August 2010

Ten Reasons to Test Your Blood Sugar

We can all come up with plenty of excuses not to test our blood sugar. For one, yeah, it stings a little (No pain, no gain, the angel on my shoulder whispers in my ear). For another, testing isn't convenient, no matter how quickly the meter works or how small it is. While seemingly everyone else is carelessly enjoying a meal or leaping into the swimming pool, you are on the sidelines trying to ignore your diabetes. And of course, sometimes, we just do not want to know what the number will be. It's easier to ignore the ugly truth than face it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2010

July 2010

Pump and Sensor Combo Beats MDI Decisively in Medtronic’s STAR 3 Study

A massive study involving 485 people with type 1 diabetes at 30 locations across North America shows that the combination of an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor helps patients achieve significantly lower A1c levels than multiple daily insulin injections.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 13, 2010

May 2010

CVS Loyalty Program for People with Diabetes

Rhode Island-based CVS/pharmacy, which operates more than 7,000 pharmacies and drug stores in the United States, has announced three diabetes-related initiatives:

comments 0 comments - Posted May 15, 2010

April 2010

Bayer Diabetes Care Introduces DIDGET

Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the introduction of the DIDGETTM blood glucose monitoring system in the United States.  The DIDGET meter is unique because it is the only blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DSTM and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges. Bayer's DIDGET meter is now available for purchase in the U.S. through CVS.com, Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 26, 2010

March 2010

FDA eyes improvements for diabetics' glucose devices

At a two-day meeting (March 16 and 17, 2010) to review blood glucose meters, Food and Drug Administration officials and staff pointed to a number of issues that can prevent people from getting proper treatment and sought input from medical experts and industry on ways to improve test results with the widely used devices.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 18, 2010

February 2010

Bayer's A1CNow® SELFCHECK At-Home A1C System Now Available In Local Pharmacies

Bayer's A1CNow SELFCHECK, cleared by the Food and Drug Administration last year, is the first and only system of its kind with at-home results in five minutes. It enables patients to more closely watch their A1C level in between doctor visits so they may have a more informed discussion with their healthcare provider to ensure their diabetes plan is working.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 18, 2010

November 2009

FDA Gives the Nod to New BGM System From ARKRAY

The Food and Drug Administration has given ARKRAY, Inc., a 510(k)* clearance to begin marketing its new GLUCOCARD® VitalTM blood glucose monitoring system in the United States.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2009

August 2009

CGM Continues to Elicit Strong Opinions

In our last issue, we published a letter from reader Sheila Payne, who wrote that we had been far too positive about continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in our June/July article Get the Facts on Continuous Glucose Monitoring. But her opinion provoked a stack of letters from people who believe that the benefits of CGM substantially outweigh its negatives.  To let you in on the debate, we are reprinting Ms. Payne's thought-provoking letter here, followed by two equally thoughtful responses from readers.

comments 12 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2009

FDA Issues Warning About Test Strips That Can Give False Readings, Lead to Insulin Overdoses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against the use of GDH-PQQ blood glucose test strips by people with diabetes who are taking medications that contain non-glucose sugars. [Note: GDH-PQQ is the abbreviation of "glucose dehydrogenase pyrroloquinoline quinone," a chemical that reacts with the non-glucose sugars maltose, galactose, and xylose, which are contained in some therapeutic products.]

comments 10 comments - Posted Aug 24, 2009

July 2009

Diabetes and the iPhone

People often ask me, "Why limit diabetes-related services to the iPhone when there are so many other cell phones out there?" I always answer them by asking, "How many applications have you downloaded onto your cell phone?" 

comments 15 comments - Posted Jul 13, 2009

June 2009

Great Meter for the Sight-Impaired

Here’s a handy meter to have if reading your meter is a challenge. The Prodigy Autocode meter speaks your test results in seconds, and it’ll do so in English or Spanish. The audible function also promotes team work by allowing you to hear your child’s or spouse’s test result from across the room and work together as a team to manage diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2009

December 2008

The History of Diabetes
The History of Diabetes

For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named "diabetes" from the Greek word for "siphon." Eugene J. Leopold in his text Aretaeus the Cappodacian describes Aretaeus' diagnosis: "...For fluids do not remain in the body, but use the body only as a channel through which they may flow out. Life lasts only for a time, but not very long. For they urinate with pain and painful is the emaciation. For no essential part of the drink is absorbed by the body while great masses of the flesh are liquefied into urine."

comments 47 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

Rethinking the Treatment of Diabetes

The first time I presented medical research findings, I was not yet a physician. The year was about 1975. I was in my early forties and a mid-career engineer. The forum was a scientific symposium on diabetes. At the time, I felt that I had discovered the holy grail of diabetes care and was eager to share what I had learned.

comments 22 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2008

A Father of A Child with Type 1 Child Warns: Be Prepared for Hypoglycemia
A Father of A Child with Type 1 Child Warns: Be Prepared for Hypoglycemia

My daughter Lauren was five days shy of her twelfth birthday when she was diagnosed with type 1. We were blessed with a child who could and did take the lead in her recovery and care. She never had any "teen diabetic rebellion" and never adopted a "why me?" mentality. Her health has been great, and her last A1c was 6.7%. With all the hormonal changes that can affect a teenage girl's body and thus change her insulin requirements, Lauren has always stayed on top of her care and never lost her fantastic personality.

comments 24 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

September 2008

The Consumer Has Spoken: “Let Me Test in Purple.”
The Consumer Has Spoken: “Let Me Test in Purple.”

The OneTouch® UltraMini® Meter by LifeScan, Inc., is now available in Purple Twilight and Blue Comet.

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2008

“I’m High…Why?”
“I’m High…Why?”

Diabetes educator Cindy Young used case studies to illustrate the many little things that can have a big effect on your blood glucose-or just on the readings you get with your meter.

comments 7 comments - Posted Sep 11, 2008

August 2008

Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators
Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators

The members of the AADE are an impassioned group who genuinely want to make a difference in their patients' lives. It was an ideal place for me to be, especially because I had a concern of my own: Why am I getting red dots every time I inject? Every educator I asked went right to work examining the problem and investigating my behavior, truly wanting to help. Unfortunately, they are dwindling in number each year, while patients are increasing in number, making their work ever more demanding.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2008

Are You Paying for Test Strips When You Don’t Have To?
Are You Paying for Test Strips When You Don’t Have To?

Diabetes educator Mary M. Austin reported that many people are paying for blood glucose test strips even though their insurance plans would cover them. "There is a lot of misunderstanding," she said. For example, a client of Austin's got a free meter at a health fair. He then paid for strips on his own for six months, until he found out that his insurance plan would cover them if he got a prescription for the strips from his healthcare provider.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2008

July 2008

Bon Voyage: You CAN Take that Trip You’ve Been Dreaming About… Just Plan Ahead
Bon Voyage: You CAN Take that Trip You’ve Been Dreaming About… Just Plan Ahead

I’ve always been a pretty good traveler. I simply checked the weather at my destination and packed accordingly. Easy. Then I learned that I had diabetes, and suddenly even weekend trips required an intense amount of additional preparation.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2008

May 2008

Diabetes Is Woven Into the Fabric of My Family
Diabetes Is Woven Into the Fabric of My Family

Let me start with my maternal grandmother, Helen. Helen had diabetes and lived to the age of 73. We all assumed that she didn’t do a good job with it, as we would often find candy wrappers under her bed. When it came to taking care of herself, Helen was my mother’s role model.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 15, 2008

April 2008

FDA Clears Medtronic and LifeScan to Market Integrated Wireless Diabetes Management System
FDA Clears Medtronic and LifeScan to Market Integrated Wireless Diabetes Management System

The FDA has cleared the OneTouch UltraLink wireless meter as the only meter certified by Medtronic to wirelessly communicate with its diabetes management products in the United States. The meter uses Medtronic-certified wireless technology to transmit glucose readings directly to MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps and the Guardian® REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring system. This makes bolus dosing more accurate and easier for patients compared to the manual entry of blood glucose readings.

comments 8 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

March 2008

What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor?  Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!
What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor? Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!

Fifteen-year-old Californian Laura Miller, a brittle diabetic, and her mother, Gillian, thought they had a strong case when they asked Blue Cross in late 2007 to pay for a continuous glucose monitor for her.

comments 15 comments - Posted Mar 27, 2008

Blood Sugar Management: the Core of Your Care

Blood sugar control is the heart and soul of diabetes management. How you handle it determines what will be the consequences of your diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

January 2008

Fingers Still Crossed - Because We Still Want a Non-Invasive Meter
Fingers Still Crossed - Because We Still Want a Non-Invasive Meter

"It feels like you accidentally pricked yourself with a pin, only it's not accidental and you have to do it over and over again in the same areas."

comments 35 comments - Posted Jan 18, 2008

December 2007

Bayer Recalls Test Strips After False Readings

Bayer Diabetes Care has recalled 230,000 bottles of Contour TS test strips after finding that the strips resulted in blood glucose readings 5 to 17 percent higher than actual levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2007

November 2007

Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide
Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide

Over the course of the year, we meticulously update all our charts to bring you the most accurate information about hundreds of products, services, and medications. Now we've gathered every one of those charts, from humble lancets to sophisticated continuous glucose monitors, into one handy place.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 26, 2007

Lazarus Takes on Test Strip Gouging

Los Angeles Times columnist and newly diagnosed type 1 David Lazarus is becoming quite an advocate for people with diabetes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Nov 10, 2007

October 2007

More Technology Patients Won't Use
More Technology Patients Won't Use

This morning, a major meter manufacturer announced that its blood glucose meters will now operate on Microsoft's HealthVault. HealthVault is an online service that allows a patient to store and manage his health records without paying a fee.

comments 32 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2007

Market for Meters Looking Very Bright in Asia

Frost & Sullivan, whose mission is to research and analyze new market opportunities for corporate growth, has some happy news about the diabetes epidemic: It's creating a huge demand for glucose meters and strips in Asia.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2007

Pretty in Pink: The New UltraMini Meter
Pretty in Pink: The New UltraMini Meter

Want a meter that matches your ensemble of the day? LifeScan has the very thing. Now you can get their OneTouch UltraMini blood glucose meter in pink, black, silver, or green.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 5, 2007

"Psychologically Dependent" Type 2s Use Too Many Test Strips?

According to Pulse, the UK's leading medical weekly, a review of the evidence has concluded that for type 2s on oral medication whose A1c's are below 7.5%, blood glucose monitoring offers "little advantage and may increase the likelihood of hypoglycemia."

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2007

September 2007

Blood Glucose Meters For Type 2s: Why Aren't They More Useful?

We recently wrote about a study which concluded that blood glucose meters are a waste of time for people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin ("Is Using a Meter a Waste of Time for Type 2s?"). Our readers vehemently disagreed with that conclusion.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 6, 2007

August 2007

The Eocene System Makes Your Meter Into a Management Tool
The Eocene System Makes Your Meter Into a Management Tool

Everyone knows that for meter manufacturers, a meter is simply a means of selling a lifetime of strips. The Eocene blood glucose meter is no different in that respect, but it does have something extra to offer.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 14, 2007

Is Using a Meter a Waste of Time for Type 2s?

According to a University of Oxford study led by Dr. Andrew Farmer, home monitoring of glucose with a meter did not improve glucose control in non-insulin-requiring people with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2007

June 2007

Mobile Technology and Blood Glucose Monitoring
Mobile Technology and Blood Glucose Monitoring

Adolescents don't always check their blood glucose levels as often as they should. Because frequent monitoring is a keystone of diabetes care, this can make their parents frantic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 24, 2007

The DexCom STS-7 CGM Approved for Seven-Day Use
The DexCom STS-7 CGM Approved for Seven-Day Use

Soon you will be able to keep your DexCom sensor in place for a whole week instead of just three days. We know you've been doing that already, but now you'll have the full approval of the authorities.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 23, 2007

May 2007

Hope or Hooey? Two Non-Invasive Blood Glucose Meters On the Horizon

Two new meters that purport to measure your blood glucose without a fingerstick are currently in the works–again.  The road to a non-invasive meter is one that many have traveled before, but no one, thus far, has ever reached the market. 

comments 7 comments - Posted May 30, 2007

What's the Best Meter? It's the One that You'll Use
What's the Best Meter? It's the One that You'll Use

Meters have come a long way since 1969, when the first meter went on the market. The meter measured the amount of light reflected off a Dextrostix, a paper strip that turned various shades of blue, depending on blood glucose level, after a large drop of blood was placed on it and then washed off.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2007

Why Not Make Meter to Meter Comparisons?
Why Not Make Meter to Meter Comparisons?

Ever try to check one meter against another by testing with both at the same time and seeing if their results match up?  Ever wonder why they might not?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 7, 2007

April 2007

OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge
OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge

Milpitas, CA, March 30, 2007 – LifeScan, Inc., maker of OneTouch® Brand Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, is offering customers that own one of several models of OneTouch Brand Systems a no-charge meter upgrade to one of the company's latest, most innovative meters.(1)

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

Tips for Successful Blood Sugar Monitoring
Tips for Successful Blood Sugar Monitoring

Here are some useful tips to help you choose a meter that’s right for you - and continue to use it successfully.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2007

March 2007

Medtronic Gets FDA Approval of CGMs For Kids and Launches a New Guardian
Medtronic Gets FDA Approval of CGMs For Kids and Launches a New Guardian

Medtronic has received FDA approval for pediatric models of both of its REAL-Time continuous glucose monitors, the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System and the Guardian REAL-Time System. Previously approved only for adults, both pediatric models will be appropriate for kids ages 7-17.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 2007

Here’s Looking at Your BGs, Kid
Here’s Looking at Your BGs, Kid

If Professor Brent Cameron has his way, people with diabetes will soon be able to measure their blood glucose by simply shining a light into their eye.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2007

February 2007

10 Reasons You Love Your Meter So Much
10 Reasons You Love Your Meter So Much

Many people think of their blood glucose meter as a sort of sophisticated electronic toy. But the numbers it displays after you check your blood really are meaningful.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Talking Meter Now Available
Talking Meter Now Available

Distributed by Diagnostic Devices Inc. (DDI), of Charlotte, North Carolina, Prodigy is a talking glucose meter. According to DDI, the Prodigy line of glucose meters are all “affordable, accurate, and easy-to-use.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Contour Accurately Detects Hypoglycemia

Data presented at the November 2006 Diabetes Technology Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, found that the Contour Blood Glucose Meter from Bayer accurately detects hypoglycemia.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Bayer Partners with IDF to Support “Unite for Diabetes Campaign”

Bayer Diabetes Care announced it has partnered with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to help support the IDF’s “Unite for Diabetes Campaign.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Miscoded BG Meters Can Lead to Insulin Errors

On November 6, 2006, Bayer HealthCare issued a news release that addressed the issue of miscoded blood glucose meters.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Guardian RT Called Effective in Recognizing Late-Night Lows After a Workout

Medtronic MiniMed’s Guardian RT is being called a “useful and important diagnostic tool for a phenomenon known as nighttime ‘late-onset hypoglycemia’.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

LifeScan’s ‘Mini Meter’ Goes Easy on the Checkbook
LifeScan’s ‘Mini Meter’ Goes Easy on the Checkbook

LifeScan promotes its new OneTouch UltraMini meter for people with diabetes who don’t have health insurance coverage.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

November 2006

Diabetes Health TV
Diabetes Health TV

This month in our Meters and Pumps & Infusion Sets sections we are doing something a little different. Diabetes Health is launching Diabetes Health TV from our homepage (www.diabeteshealth.com).

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2006

October 2006

Transmitting Tests Without Wires
Transmitting Tests Without Wires

A German company has developed the world’s first blood glucose meter that can wirelessly transmit your blood glucose test results. The GlucoTel is the first meter to support Bluetooth wireless technology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

September 2006

Technology Research
Technology Research

Real-Time Pump and CGMS Technology Given the Go-Ahead by the FDA

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

The DexCom Continuous Sensor
The DexCom Continuous Sensor

DexCom’s real-time continuous sensor—the DexCom STS—burst on the scene in March 2006.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

Young Canadian Is Reaping the Benefits of New Technology
Young Canadian Is Reaping the Benefits of New Technology

Medtronic MiniMed has linked an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April, the pump part of the combination is already available. The company expects the monitor component to be available by the end of August.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

New Meter Measures Impact of Food Choices on BGs
New Meter Measures Impact of Food Choices on BGs

What’s New LifeScan, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, has introduced its OneTouch Ultra2 Blood Glucose Monitoring System. LifeScan says the new meter is designed to help diabetics see the impact of their food and portion choices on their blood glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Ascensia Breeze Meter Called Arthritis-Friendly
Ascensia Breeze Meter Called Arthritis-Friendly

Bayer Diabetes Care of Tarrytown, New York, announced that its Ascensia Breeze blood glucose–monitoring system received an ease-of-use commendation and a product seal from the Arthritis Foundation. According to Bayer Diabetes Care, Ascensia Breeze is the first blood glucose meter to be recognized by the Arthritis Foundation for a design that is user-friendly for the more than eight million Americans with arthritis who also have diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

The Year of the Meter
The Year of the Meter

This may well go down in history as the Year of the Meter. Not since Tom Clemens patented the first blood glucose meter in 1971 have we seen such significant advances.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

What’s New?

As David Mendosa points out in his feature article this month, ‘The Year of the Meter,’ 2006 is barely more than half over and we have already an abundance of new blood glucose meters. Well, it’s not only meters that are in abundance this year, but other diabetes drugs, devices and technologies as well. So much so, that there haven’t been enough pages in Diabetes Health to cover all of the new products.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

June 2006

A Blood Glucose/Blood Pressure Monitor All in One
A Blood Glucose/Blood Pressure Monitor All in One

On January 31, 2006, GenExel-Sein, Inc., of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, announced it had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its Duo-Care device, which combines a home-use blood glucose monitor with a wrist blood pressure monitor—eliminating the need for two separate devices.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Meter Cleared for Consumer Use
Meter Cleared for Consumer Use

On March 13, 2006, Abbott Diabetes Care of Alameda, California, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its FreeStyle Freedom blood glucose-monitoring system for consumer use.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Let’s Test the Sugar in Your Sweat
Let’s Test the Sugar in Your Sweat

A noninvasive meter that measures glucose in perspiration instead of glucose in blood is being developed.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 2006

May 2006

JDRF Gives a ‘Tremendous Boost’ to the Artificial Pancreas Project
JDRF Gives a ‘Tremendous Boost’ to the Artificial Pancreas Project

The continuous glucose sensors of today that will in time lead to development of an artificial pancreas are getting a tremendous boost from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). The boost is the organization’s commitment of up to $6.5 million dollars this year and next.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

April 2006

Will Abbott Navigate With the Aviator?
Will Abbott Navigate With the Aviator?

Abbott Diabetes Care is already looking beyond continuous sensing. More than two years ago it asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve its FreeStyle Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitor; that application is still pending.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 1, 2006

March 2006

A Meter That Talks Sense
A Meter That Talks Sense

If you can read Diabetes Health, you don’t need a SensoCard Plus meter. But there’s a good chance that a friend or someone in your family does.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

February 2006

HemoCue Is Coming
HemoCue Is Coming

HemoCue knows accuracy. And precision. But Americans with diabetes don’t know HemoCue. Yet. That’s about to change.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

January 2006

Standardization Is Needed to Limit Meter Variability
Standardization Is Needed to Limit Meter Variability

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have just finished their first study of blood glucose meters. They found that meters could vary significantly.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

December 2005

You’ll Get a Kick Out of the New Sidekick
You’ll Get a Kick Out of the New Sidekick

Not everyone with diabetes leads an active lifestyle and tests often. But my guess is that the readers of this magazine are on the go more than most people and monitor their blood glucose when they are away from home.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

November 2005

Resources for Evaluating Meters
Resources for Evaluating Meters

We have so many blood glucose meters to choose from that it’s hard to know which one to use. I count 43 home meters for sale in the United States right now.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

Diabetes in Public
Diabetes in Public

Dear Ann Landers,
With all due respect—you blew it!

comments 10 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

October 2005

Panel to Set Standards for New Continuous Monitors
Panel to Set Standards for New Continuous Monitors

It takes lots of work to make an effective continuous blood glucose monitor. It also takes performance standards.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

September 2005

Meter Research From the ADA Scientific Sessions
Meter Research From the ADA Scientific Sessions

Diabetes researchers at the American Diabetes Association’s 65th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego made thousands of presentations this year. Of the 2,851 available abstracts, 55 were about blood glucose testing. That’s a small percentage of the total. But after winnowing through them, I found lots of gold.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2005

Understanding Home Blood Glucose Results
Understanding Home Blood Glucose Results

Do disappointing blood glucose results make you feel like a failure? Don’t let them. They aren’t report cards, and you can’t pass or fail. These numbers are not there to hurt you, but to help direct you.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 1, 2005

August 2005

Viva Aviva!
Viva Aviva!

A dozen companies market blood glucose meters in the United States, but Accu-Chek, by Roche Diagnostics, is number one in sales both in the United States and worldwide. They were also one of the first brands of blood glucose meters. The original Accu-Check bG came out in 1982.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

June 2005

The GlycoMark Test Option
The GlycoMark Test Option

If you want to know how well you are controlling your diabetes, you have had only two options. You can check your current blood glucose level with a meter, or you can check your average over the past two or three months with an A1C test. Now there’s a third and quite promising option—the GlycoMark test.

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May 2005

Tracking the GlucoLeader
Tracking the GlucoLeader

It’s news whenever a new blood glucose meter becomes available. Two new blood glucose meters from a new company is even bigger news. The biggest news is that one of these new meters works with a device that automatically uploads your readings to family or healthcare professionals—all without using a computer.

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How often do you recommend changing lancets?
How often do you recommend changing lancets?

Q: I change my lancet once a month. How often do you recommend changing lancets?

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April 2005

The Next Generation of MiniMed Continuous Monitors
The Next Generation of MiniMed Continuous Monitors

When we think about Medtronic MiniMed, insulin pumps usually come to mind. That makes sense, because MiniMed was among the first to market an insulin pump and today dominates the U.S. market with more than a 70 percent share.

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March 2005

Birds of a Feather Check BGs Together
Birds of a Feather Check BGs Together

What do you get when you cross a pelican with an albatross?

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February 2005

Continuous Glucose Sensing
Continuous Glucose Sensing

Glucose monitoring systems that continuously plot the course of blood glucose promise much greater control over blood glucose levels. Detecting when you are going low is just one benefit, but it is the most immediate reward.

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January 2005

Where Do We Stand With the Noninvasive Dream?
Where Do We Stand With the Noninvasive Dream?

It has long been our dream to have some sort of device that would test blood glucose without breaking the skin to take a drop of blood.

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December 2004

Choosing the Right Lancing Device
Choosing the Right Lancing Device

Lancing devices are critical tools for obtaining blood samples for glucose measurement. While good diabetes management requires frequent blood testing, the pain and inconvenience involved in lancing can prevent a person with diabetes from undertaking the appropriate number of daily blood glucose tests.

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Quality Control for Blood Glucose Monitoring
Quality Control for Blood Glucose Monitoring

The accuracy—or typically the lack thereof— of blood glucose meters is a big concern of mine. I have written several articles on this topic. But first of all, you have to know if your meter is precise.

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The Medicare Mystery
The Medicare Mystery

Understanding the federal government is complex, and the Medicare program can be even worse.

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October 2004

Why Should You Bother to Code Your Meter?

Q: I just noticed that my strips are code 10, but I forgot to change my meter, which is still set at code 2. My meter is a LifeScan OneTouch Ultra. I don’t know how many bottles of strips I have gone through at this wrong setting.
Have my readings been too low, or too high? And by how much have they been off?

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September 2004

Meter News August 2004
Meter News August 2004

New Generation of Abbott Monitor Sports Extra Features

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June 2004

MediCompass Software

Would you like to be able to share your blood glucose information with your doctor between scheduled visits?

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Stripping Down the Cost of Testing
Stripping Down the Cost of Testing

A few years ago, the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, compared meter systems. What I remember most about the comparison was the cost of blood glucose test strips—they were so close.

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May 2004

A Good Argument for Free Test Strips?

If you provide them they will test…

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New Strip Uses Less Blood and Helps Avoid Retests

LifeScan has introduced a new and improved test strip for its OneTouch Basic, Profile and II meters.

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LifeScan Removes a Single Lot of Test Strips

In a January 20, 2004 letter, LifeScan informed its OneTouch Ultra Test Strip customers it was voluntarily removing a single lot of 50-Count OneTouch Ultra Test Strips.

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April 2004

New Alliance Gives Animas Pump Users Free LifeScan Meter

Since October 2003, meter maker LifeScan has been partnering with pump manufacturer Animas Corporation.

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Finally! A Guide For BG Tesing in Type 2s!

One of the largest physician organizations in the country has developed a new guide for self-testing of blood glucose levels.

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March 2004

TheraSense Bought by Abbott

On January 13, 2004, Abbott Laboratories bought TheraSense, Inc. for $1.2 billion.

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Alternate-Site Testing Still 'Feasible and Reliable'

For the purpose of detecting low blood glucose, researchers say you should test at the fingertip.

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January 2004

Six Tips for Taking Care of Your Meter

I never gave much thought to the issue of how to care for my meter until my three-year-old daughter decided to dunk my Ascensia Elite XL in a glass of water.

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Ten Reasons for Checking Your Blood Glucose

People with diabetes know that we are all supposed to check our blood glucose. But it’s sometimes frustrating to look at the results and see a number that’s too high or too low.

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May 2003

Poking Around
Poking Around

It's the instrument we all love to hate: the lancing device.

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Roche Offers to Buy Disetronic's Insulin Pump Division

Roche, best known for its Accu-Chek family of blood-glucose monitors, made an offer in February 2003 to buy Disetronic's insulin pump division. A decision on the purchase should be finalized in May or June if Disetronic's shareholders accept Roche's tender offer of two nonvoting Roche equity securities and a price of 670 Swiss francs (about $490 U.S. dollars) per share.

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April 2003

Can You Exercise While Wearing a GlucoWatch Biographer? Read On.

As a diabetes researcher, exercise physiologist and individual with type 1 diabetes, I am always curious about how the latest diabetes technology fits into an exercise program. Exercise is, after all, one of the three cornerstones of diabetes management, along with diet and medication.

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BD Enters Meter Market

Becton, Dickinson and Company, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, best known for its insulin syringes, has entered the blood-glucose meter market with two products: the BD Logic blood-glucose monitor and the BD Latitude Diabetes Management System.

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Fill 'er up! Getting Enough Blood on the Strip Ensures More Accurate Readings

Do you find yourself squeezing out a huge drop of blood-even for meters that require only a pinpoint of fluid-just to make sure you fill the strip.

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February 2003

Insulin-to-Carbohydrate Ratios

Insulin-to-carbohydrate (I:C) ratios, which are used to calculate the insulin doses people with diabetes need for specific amounts of food containing carbohydrate, are an important part of any intensive diabetes management program.

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Meters, Meters Everywhere

Reasons for choosing a particular blood-glucose meter are as varied as the users. Some users want it simple, some want all the bells and whistles and many want something in between—as long as the meter and strips are affordable and accurate. Not to mention fast!

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New Software Helps Teach Children About Diabetes

Software designed to help children who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes learn how to manage their condition is available from dbaza, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for use by both individuals and professionals.

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January 2003

Glucose Sensor Reveals Glucose Patterns Around the Clock

If you test your blood glucose regularly, you probably think you have a pretty good idea of how high or low your numbers rise and fall during a typical day and night. However, what if you had 288 blood-glucose readings every 24 hours, instead of only a handful?

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December 2002

Code True?

Knitters know that, for a perfect match, you need to buy all the yarn for a project from the same dye lot to eliminate subtle changes in color that can make your solid red sweater come out looking like it has stripes. The reason? Minute changes in dyes that cause just the slightest difference in hue.

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Code True? For the Most Accurate Results, Be Sure to Recode Your Meter

Knitters know that, for a perfect match, you need to buy all the yarn for a project from the same dye lot to eliminate subtle changes in color that can make your solid red sweater come out looking like it has stripes. The reason? Minute changes in dyes that cause just the slightest difference in hue.

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Cool Gadgets for People With Diabetes

When I worked as a consultant for one of the "Big 5" consulting firms a few years ago, I was always traveling around the country to different destinations. At each destination, I was confronted with decisions that affected my diabetes management-or lack thereof.

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November 2002

No Kidding Around!

Parents who wanted to see GlucoWatch Biographers on the wrists of their children with diabetes received good news on August 28, 2002, with the announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the GlucoWatch for use with children ages 7 to 17. The device received earlier FDA approval for adults with diabetes in April 2002.

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So Long... InCharge Meter and Strips No Longer Available

LXN Corporation, which made the InCharge blood-glucose meter, GlucoProtein test strips (which measure fructosamine levels) and InCharge Glucose test strips, has recalled all GlucoProtein test strips, discontinued all its products and ceased operations.

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Making a Mark

Testing. Testing when you get up… before meals… after meals… before and after (and sometimes during) exercise. Testing when you feel "funny."

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October 2002

No Surprise—Cost of Strips Limits Testing

Researchers in Canada studying barriers to self-monitoring of blood glucose discovered that—surprise!—people who were given free strips tested more often than those who had to pay for them. An added benefit of more frequent testing was better blood-glucose control.

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A Tough Break

A former Wal-Mart pharmacist with diabetes who closed the store's pharmacy in Chadron, Nebraska, while he ate lunch is not covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed in a July 2002 ruling.

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September 2002

High-Tech Control

Researchers in Chicago, Illinois, using the Medtronic MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) conclude that the variable glucose profiles generated during endurance competitions such as marathons "indicate the need for intensive and accurate glucose monitoring."

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Plug It In!

Imagine being able to pop a blood-glucose testing device into your personal digital assistant (PDA), put blood on the strip and store the results in the PDA. Now you can do just that, thanks to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of two such devices in mid-June 2002.

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August 2002

The Metering Lights Are On

Starting next month, Bayer will change the name of its line of Glucometer blood-glucose meters to Ascensia.

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Running the Gamut

Bayer Diagnostics announced on May 28, 2002, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of its complete line of blood glucose meters for alternate-site testing.

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July 2002

Get What You Ask For

It happens. After three and a half years and more than 10,000 tests, my meter screen displayed a glitch. So I called the company, explained to the rep what had happened and was told I would be sent a new meter.

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‘Too Rich for My Blood Glucose’

"When I think of how long I have waited for the GlucoWatch Biographer, I could just cry!"

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A Glimpse Into the Future: Continuous Monitoring of Glucose With a Microfiber

Twenty-four-hour continuous glucose monitoring can provide extremely useful information about an individual's blood-glucose pattern and fluctuations during the day and night.

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May 2002

In the Public Eye

Whether or not people with diabetes can test in public places is a nonissue. Every person with diabetes is entitled to his or her respective life, liberty and pursuit of good blood-glucose control—despite the occasional stare of a passerby.

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Arm Yourself

Measuring blood-glucose levels with a sample drawn from the forearm using the Sof-Tact meter made by Abbott/MediSense will yield the same results as fingerstick testing, say researchers in Massachusetts. The researchers also found that the hematocrit (Hct)—the percentage of whole blood that is composed of red blood cells—was significantly higher in the forearm blood samples than in fingertip blood samples, according to the study published in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes Care.

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April 2002

Doctor, Can I Check My Glucose Levels Without Pricking My Fingers?

A noninvasive blood-glucose monitor has long been awaited. People with diabetes do not look forward to monitoring their blood glucose every day, as it involves pricking their fingers to obtain blood samples.

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After-Meal BGs

You keep your A1Cs in line by testing your fasting and before-meal blood-glucose levels, but could you have a time bomb ticking in your body by failing to keep after-meal glucose levels down?

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March 2002

Fill’er up!

Do you find yourself squeezing out a huge drop of blood—even for meters that require only a pinpoint of fluid—just to make sure you fill the strip?

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A Possible Memory Error

The Accu-Chek Advantage blood-glucose meter could sometimes save a test result incorrectly in its memory feature, Roche Diagnostics has announced. The incorrect storage of a reading in the meter's memory could occur once every seven days.

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A Letter From LifeScan

LifeScan's One Touch Profile meters may develop display problems, the company said in a January 8 letter to its customers.

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What’s With the High Cost of Test Strips?

Sometimes I sit and dream of the things I could buy and the places I could visit—if only I didn't have all the expenses that go with having diabetes. Topping the list of those expenses are blood-glucose testing strips. In less than one minute after you take one out of the container, you throw about 70 cents—more or less—into the trash.

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February 2002

Researchers Testing a Variety of Approaches

First Human Trials With a Novel Noninvasive, Nonoptical Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

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It’s Not Just About Quick Readings and Smaller Sample Sizes Anymore

Whether type 1 or type 2, young or old, all people with diabetes have one thing in common: their blood-glucose meter.

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Meter Maker Settles Suit

Blood-glucose meter maker LifeScan agreed on November 26, 2001, to pay $45 million to hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes—avoiding a trial that was set to begin that week.

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January 2002

AtLast No More

What was a groundbreaking blood-glucose meter only a few years ago has now been put out to pasture.

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December 2001

A Chill is in the Air

With winter weather approaching, many of us take precautions to handle worsening driving conditions: we install snow tires, pack our trunks with sandbags and ease up on the accelerator when the roads turn slippery.

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Changing Hands

Pharmaceutical giant Roche Diagnostics has now added an alternate-site-testing meter to its arsenal of products after acquiring the company that pioneered the technology itself.

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November 2001

Arm Testing—Here is the Rub!

For decades, people with diabetes have known the drill: prick your finger, get a good-sized drop of blood, apply the drop of blood to a meter, wait for the result and adjust your insulin, eating or exercise regimen accordingly.

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October 2001

Tips For the Best in Meter Accuracy

How do I know my three-year-old meter is still providing me with accurate test results?

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September 2001

MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Detects Nocturnal Hypos in Kids

MiniMed's Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device was used to measure the prevalence of nighttime hypoglycemia (BGs below 40 mg/dl) and associate the occurrence of nighttime hypos and interstitial glucose levels every five minutes in a study of 47 children with diabetes.

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Do You, Insulin Pen, Take This BG Meter?

"I think the InDuo is the cat's meow," says Jane Seley, RN, NP, CDE, a doctoral candidate at New York University. "It's fast, easy and accurate."

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July 2001

Serious Fanfare

"The thrill of victory—the agony of defeat" can play havoc with your blood-glucose levels—even if you're merely cheering for your favorite team.

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June 2001

New Technologies Improve Kids' BG Control

Many new technologies have recently become available to help manage type 1 diabetes. Among these, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors are proving to have great benefit, even in young children.

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New Meter Lances, Collects Blood, and Gives Reading in 20 Seconds

On April 11, Abbot Laboratories MediSense Products announced that its alternate-site BG-monitoring Sof-Tact is now available.

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Company Says Its Technology Can Measure BGs Non-Invasively

According to Instrumentation Metrics, a manufacturer of medical devices, results of a recent trial demonstrated that a new non-invasive testing technology using light successfully measured BG levels.

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Diagnosis: Control

Carla Elliot liked to keep busy. A bright and outgoing 14-year-old girl, Carla involved herself in as many activities as she could. Whether it was swimming, cheerleading, softball, 4-H club meetings or simply running around the neighborhood, Carla was there.

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Tips for Families of Young Children Using the MiniMed Monitor

For many parents, the most troubling aspect of diabetes is the possibility of low blood sugars during the night. We have recently tested two new products that are providing solutions to this problem.

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May 2001

GlucoWatch Approved

Cygnus, Inc. of Redwood City, California, has finally completed its long journey to receiving FDA approval for its GlucoWatch Biographer. People with diabetes, however, should expect to wait until the end of 2001, or later, before being able to purchase one.

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The GlucoWatch Biographer Gets Thumbs Up! Will Diabetes Health Readers Give it a Try?

I am a type 1 insulin-pump user and I intend to try the GlucoWatch as soon as it's available.

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Study to Test Efficacy of GlucoWatch on Children

On February 8, the Children with Diabetes Foundation (CWDF) announced it will be funding a study to test the efficacy of the GlucoWatch Biographer on children with diabetes.

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New Meter Gives Results in Five Seconds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the One Touch Ultra blood-glucose monitoring system. Manufactured by LifeScan of Milpitas, California, the One Touch Ultra offers a number of features to support better diabetes management.

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New HbA1c Meter Chosen for Study Trial

On November 28, 2000, Bio-Rad Labratories announced that its new instrument for measuring HbA1c levels, called Micromat II, was chosen for use in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial. The ACCORD trial is aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. The test will be used to measure the patients HbA1c levels at 60 different test sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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March 2001

SureStep Maker Ordered to Pay Fine

On December 15, 2000, after a three-year government investigation, LifeScan, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, entered a plea of guilty to three misdemeanor charges relating to a federal government investigation of its SureStep Blood Glucose Meter. LifeScan will pay a fine of $29.4 million and an additional $30.6 million in civil settlement to the government.

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February 2001

Readers Tell Us What Meter Features They Like

The blood glucose (BG) meter is the "single most important thing" in the life of a person-type 1 and 2-with diabetes, says Jane Seley, RN, CDE, MPH, MSN, GNP, a doctoral candidate at New York University.

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Diabetes Health Asked Some Readers Which Blood Glucose Meter They Used

Diabetes Health asked some of its readers which blood glucose meter they used. According to a response from 61 people, we discovered the following:-

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Co-branded Meter Passes Savings Along to Customers

Home Diagnostics, Inc (HDI) of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, announced on December 13, 2000 that in less than one year, several top retailers have started co-branding with its Prestige Smart System (PSS) blood glucose monitor. The result, according to a HDI press release, has allowed customers to save on diabetes testing supplies.

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FDA Clears FreeStyle Meter for Use in Multiple Sites

TheraSense, Inc. of Alameda, California, received word on December 13, 2000 that its FreeStyle blood glucose monitor has received FDA clearance for testing on the upper arm, thigh, calf and anywhere on the hand. The FDA had recently cleared the FreeStyle for testing on the forearm.

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Bico Gets Hit in the Wallet —Non-invasive BG Meter Maker Under Investigation for Fraud

Bico Inc. agreed to pay $3.45 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it duped investors into believing the Diasensor - its experimental non-invasive BG meter - was ready for market.

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January 2001

FDA-approved Meter Does it all For You

On November 20, 2000, Abbott Laboratories of Bedford, Massachusetts announced it had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration marketing clearance for its Sof-Tact. This diabetes management system, according to Abbott, is the first automated glucose monitor to offer lancing, blood collection and glucose testing with a single press of a button.

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December 2000

Disetronic and TheraSense to Partner on FreeStyle Meter

On September 18, the Disetronic Group announced it had reached an agreement with TheraSense of Alameda, California, to market and distribute the innovative FreeStyle blood glucose monitor.

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October 2000

Take Advantage of Today's Meters

Whether you realize it or not, most blood sugar meters store information about the tests you perform and also let you recall the date and time that you checked your blood sugars. Some meters keep track of the "control" and "checkstrip" quality control tests done to ensure the accuracy of your meter. More advanced meters even store additional data such as events like low blood sugar symptoms, insulin doses, activity levels, the amount of food consumed or even your HbA1c levels.

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August 2000

Meters and Car Keys—Where do You Keep Your Extra Set?

If you ever think, "I never go anywhere without my meter; it's like my wallet," think again. How many of us have forgotten our wallets? If it is prudent to own spare car keys, why not own a spare meter? Why not own two meters, one for the home and a spare meter for your workplace? If you exercise at the gym regularly, keeping a third spare meter in your locker is also advisable.

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July 2000

What They're Talking About Around the Water Cooler

10,000 Babies Per Year to be Screened for Diabetes Risk Genes in Sweden

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April 2000

How Well Does Your Monitor Work in Higher Altitudes?

A small Italian trial tested the accuracy of two popular blood glucose monitors at an altitude of nearly 10,000 ft. The Glucometer Elite II and the LifeScan One Touch II were tested on six type 1s who all had good glycemic control and no diabetes-related complications. The readings from the meters were compared to the results from venous blood samples. The findings were reported in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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February 2000

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Helps Doctors Fine-tune Treatment

A pilot study involving 9 patients using MiniMed's continuous glucose monitoring system shows a 1 percentage point drop in HbA1c values after 5 weeks.

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January 2000

New Meter Measures Blood Ketones—Proper Control Reduces Chances of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Medisense, Inc. has begun sales of its Precision Xtra meter, which measures blood ketone content as well as monitoring glucose levels.

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FDA Panel Backs GlucoWatch Monitor

An advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously recommended approval of the GlucoWatch monitor on December 6, 1999. The advisory panel, which approved the GlucoWatch monitor with conditions, said that the monitor could offer a tremendous benefit by measuring glucose far more often than blood tests can.

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Kumetrix Working on BG Monitoring Technology—Device Said to Mimic the Painless Bite of a Mosquito

Kumetrix Inc., a privately held medical device company located in Union City, California, recently announced that it will receive $194,000 in state funds to further develop its painless blood glucose (BG) monitoring device.

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December 1999

GlucoWatch Monitor Similar in Accuracy to Fingerstick Tests—But Some Problems Exist

Though it does not test blood, the accuracy of the GlucoWatch monitor compares well with existing blood glucose meters, researchers have concluded.

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New Test Strips For Elite Meter Cost Less Money

Can-Am Care Corporation has announced the availability of the new Excel GE blood glucose test strips, for use with Glucometer Elite blood glucose meters.

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November 1999

Joslin Diabetes Center to Conduct FDA Trials on Noninvasive Meter

Biocontrol, one of many hopeful developers of a noninvasive glucose monitoring device, will link with the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Joslin researchers will conduct clinicals trials for approval of Biocontrol's Diasensor 2000, a device that measures glucose levels with spectroscopy (technology using infrared light).

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September 1999

My First Meter

In 1978, at age 21, I ran away to Hawaii to work on a cruise ship. In those days, I never told anyone that I had diabetes.

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Me and My Meter: Will Consumers Trade in Trusted Models for Newer Technology?

Choosing a glucose meter is like choosing a home. You have your dream home in your head, but it does not exist in the real world, just like a noninvasive meter. Then, even among the existing homes, what you really want, (for most of us) you cannot afford. Similarly, the meter that has all the features you are looking for may not be covered by your health insurance. Yet, just when you've given up hope, it all comes together and you find the one you want. After some work, your home, and your meter, become sources of protection and comfort. Most importantly, your meter becomes your lifeline.

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LifeScan Meter Not Basic Anymore

LifeScan, manufacturer of blood glucose self-monitoring products, has updated its One Touch Basic meter.

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July 1999

Good Intentions: HMO Covers Only One Brand of Meter and Syringe—Patients, Educators Challenge Policy and Create Change

Imagine if a free glucose meter showed up at your door. You'd be thrilled, right? Well, it happened to David Fogarty, but he wasn't thrilled. This Berkeley, California, father was fuming mad. Fogarty's HMO, Health Net, sent a free Precision Q.I.D. meter to his 11-year-old son, Lucas, and to all its other members with diabetes. The catch was, Health Net would soon stop covering strips for Lucas's One Touch Profile.

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May 1999

MiniMed Jumps First FDA Hurdle with Continuous Glucose Monitor for Physicians’ Use

MiniMed's continuous glucose monitor appears to have passed through the first phase of FDA approval. An advisory panel, which makes initial recommendations to the entire agency, voted unanimously to recommend approval to the entire FDA.

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March 1999

The Brave New World of Glucose Monitoring—How Will You Test in the Next Millennium?

It's an incredibly tense race, and in its wake are literal and figurative trails of blood.

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Your Meter Doesn’t Like to Go Outside

This installment in the meters, strips and glucose testing series discusses temperature and humidity and their effects on meter and strip functioning. For comments, contact Sharon Kellaher at (800) 234-1218.

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February 1999

FDA to Decide on Continuous Glucose Monitor

The first continuous glucose monitor could be on its way to doctors' offices. MiniMed will ask the FDA this month to approve its application for the continuous glucose monitoring system.

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January 1999

Is Your New Meter Reading Higher?

People with diabetes have long been frustrated by variations in glucose meter readings. Now the meter industry has added a new wrinkle, meters that reference plasma rather than whole blood.

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Help for Fumbling Fingers

People who have trouble getting adequate samples may fumble less with a new product, the SampleMate, from Chronimed. Made from elastic, the SampleMate tightens up the top of the finger to keep a good amount of blood there until a drop is drawn.

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December 1998

Talking Glucose Meter Tells Reading and Identifies Insulin Type

Visually impaired people with diabetes now have a glucose monitor, called the Accu-Chek Voicemate, that talks them through their tests. Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company and Roche Diagnostics, the Voicemate's voice tells people their blood sugar levels and which type of insulin they are using.

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Company Tries to Speed Arrival of “Wrist Watch” Glucose Meter

Cygnus Inc. has an idea for a painless glucose meter which will resemble a wrist watch. Calling it the GlucoWatch (R) monitor, Cygnus is searching for a business partner to market the product here in North America. Although the product is not finalized, GlucoWatch is expected to have a skin pad, known as the AutoSensor, which measures glucose concentration with an electric current. Cygnus cannot yet specify an availability date.

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Plug In with Precision Link

Enlisting your personal computer in your diabetes care plan can give you a comprehensive, objective picture of your glycemic control. MediSense offers its glucose data management system, Precision Link, for use with its Precision Q.I.D., Precision Q.I.D. Pen, MediSense 2 and MediSense 2 Pen glucose monitors.

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October 1998

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Glucose Monitors

Many people are dissatisfied with a new interim Medicare policy. The policy was considered to be a breakthrough for Medicare patients because for the first time it will cover patients who are not being treated with insulin injections. Prior to July 1, 1998, these patients were not covered by Medicare for their diabetes testing supplies.

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September 1998

FDA Warns Users of Older SureStep Monitors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that the Johnson & Johnson company is failing to adequately warn the public about the dangers of using certain defective SureStep blood glucose meters. As reported in DIABETES HEALTH (see "290,000 SureStep Meters Recalled," July 1998, p. 10), J&J recently began recalling its SureStep meters sold before August 1997. The monitors failed to measure blood sugar levels in excess of 500 mg/dl. At such levels, the meters display an "ER 1" error message instead of the glucose concentrations.

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August 1998

Painless Meter on the Horizon

Amira Medical, formerly Mercury Diagnostics, is close to releasing its At Last Blood Glucose Monitoring System, which promises to offer a pain-free method for sampling and monitoring blood glucose.

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July 1998

290,000 SureStep Meters Recalled

Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan is voluntarily recalling and replacing its SureStep glucose meters sold before August 1997. The monitors failed to measure high blood sugar levels in excess of 500 mg/dl. At such levels the meters display an, "ER 1" error message instead of the glucose concentration. The problem, which is software related and not in the machine itself, does not exist in units sold after August 1997.

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May 1998

New Glucose Monitor Unveiled

Technical Chemicals and Products Inc. in Pompano Beach, Fla., unveiled its new noninvasive TD Glucose Monitoring System at a meeting sponsored by NASA, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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April 1998

The Optical Noninvasive Monitor

Could there be more than beauty in the eye of the beholder? How about an accurate blood glucose reading? That's what Visionary Medical Products Corporation (VMPC) in Carson City, Nevada, is hoping for - a noninvasive test that will determine BG levels through minute blood vessel changes in the retina.

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A Pain-Free Future?

Several companies are actively working on technologies to improve blood sugar testing and thereby capture a share of the two- to three-billion dollar blood sugar testing market. The goal is to make testing easier, more convenient and, the hope of many, continuous without sticking the finger. Here are some of the companies trying to become the first to offer improved testing and how they plan to do it:

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February 1998

Monitoring a Subcutaneous Monitor’s Progress

MiniMed Inc. is petitioning the FDA for clearance to produce and market its continuous subcutaneous glucose sensor. The company hopes for approval in 1998. MiniMed expects to utilize the sensor for a series of products - the first two being a physician diagnostic device and alarm product to warn people with diabetes of dangerously low glucose levels.

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Legislative Motivation for Noninvasive Development

In November, President Clinton signed the "Food and Drug Modernization Act of 1997," a new law intended to streamline the regulatory process and improve the regulation of medical devices. One section of the law specifically advocates Congress to encourage the development of safe and effective noninvasive blood glucose meters.

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January 1998

Noninvasive Chart

Noninvasive

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Don’t Get Stuck—A Noninvasive and Semi-Invasive Overview

Glucose monitors have come a long way since the hulking, brick-sized meters of the seventies. Now, new technology has created smaller and lighter monitors the size of pagers. However, people with diabetes everywhere are still feeling the pain of testing. When will painful finger pokes no longer be necessary?

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Meet the Meters: A Review of What's New in the Meter Market

Once the DCCT results were published showing the benefits of tight control, the importance of self-monitoring to a successful diabetes control regimen was solidified. The BG diagnostics market has boomed as a result. United States revenues for 1997 are expected to top out at $877.2 million, and by the year 2004, they are expected to reach $2.25 billion.

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December 1997

Nothing to Show for It... Biocontrol Staged Demonstrations and Doctored Test Results, But Glucose Monitor is Still Unappoved and Unproven

It's called the Diasensor 1000. The company that built it, Indiana, Pa.-based Biocontrol Technology Inc., claims it's the answer to diabetics' prayers.

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LifeScan Launches Meterless Strips

The SmartStrip, a new meter-less strip has hit Canada. The strip manufactured by LifeScan, is about the size of a Band-aid and costs $5.00 (Canada) for a pack of five.

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November 1997

Glucose Level Tests with Fluid Under the Skin

Looking for a bloodless, painless way to test for glucose levels, researchers have turned to the skin. Between the layers of skin is a fluid called dermal interstitial fluid (ISF) that, according to a report in September's Diabetes Care, contains enough glucose to be an accurate measure of BGs.

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Innovative BG Monitor May Revolutionize Testing

Boehringer Mannheim is currently developing a blood glucose monitoring system that it hopes will measure BGs continuously and as painlessly as possible. Boehringer would like to see its minimally-invasive product, the Komo System, on the market by the year 2000.

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March 1997

New Inexpensive Metering System Launched—Strips Far Cheaper Than Most

The supreme importance of daily blood glucose (BG) monitoring for proper blood sugar control is well documented. It is quite possibly the single most important step that individuals with diabetes can take to reduce their chances of developing complications.

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February 1997

Six Meters Put to the Test

Is your blood glucose meter giving you accurate readings? Testing under certain circumstances may be giving you misleading results. While most users expect accurate readings from their meters at all times, recent studies have found that many meters on the market today are inaccurate during hypoglycemia and when used at high altitude.

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November 1996

Biocontrol Complains to Congress About the FDA While Filing a New 510(k) for Non-Invasive Meter

Almost immediately after complaining to a congressional subcommittee that it was unfairly treated by the FDA during its first 510(k) submission, Biocontrol Technology, Inc. announced that it submitted a new revised 510(k) pre-market notification for its Diasensor 1000 non-invasive glucose sensor.

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Medisense Releases New Meter

Medisense announced the release of their newest home blood glucose monitor-the ExacTech RSG-at the American Association of Diabetes Educators' annual meeting in August.

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June 1996

LifeScan Scheduled To Release New Meter

LifeScan will soon release a new, easier to use, blood glucose monitoring meter.

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May 1996

Biohazard for Investors—Biocontrol skirted state securities ban to market its stock

Selling stock has been a lifeline for Biocontrol Technology, Inc. With no revenues to speak of, it's been the only way the Indiana, Pennsylvania-based company has been able to raise the millions it's spent over the last decade developing its experimental blood monitoring machine for diabetics.

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New MediSense Meter Accurate Enough for Pregnant Women

The Precision QID passed a recent test, proving itself accurate enough to be used by pregnant women.

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April 1996

New Boehringer Meter: It Needs A Drop Of Blood, But Test Results Quick As A Wink

The new Accu-Chek Instant is now the fastest blood glucose monitor available. The 12-second test is quicker than other meters whose tests take anywhere from 20 to 45 or more seconds to produce a result.

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Delivering A New Non-Invasive Meter, Did Biocontrol Bite Off More Than It Could Chew?

Biocontrol Technology, Inc. has been receiving a great deal of attention regarding its Diasensor 1000 non-invasive blood glucose meter. Stockholders have been calling the (DIABETES HEALTH) office asking if we know what is going on with Biocontrol-when will the device be ready to market?

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March 1996

Letters to the Editor

MediSense Pen Meter

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January 1996

Biocontrol Fighting Bad Press About Their Non-Invasive Meter

Biocontrol Technology, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pa., has recently received negative media coverage that forced the company to respond in a point-by-point press release distributed in December 1995.

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Lifescan Answers Questions About The One Touch Meter

Tricia Fine, manager of customer communications at LifeScan, was kind enough to answer the following letters about meters from our readers.

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Color Vision Changes Signal Blood Glucose Fluctuations

Vision care for people with diabetes is critical because disturbances of normal sight are common. Until recently it was thought that vision changes were the result of damaging changes in the structure of the eye.

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September 1995

Company Has $27 Million And A Dream: Less Invasive Testing

Why would patients veto a device that can monitor glucose levels without the need for blood? Because they had to put the device in their ear. Though technically non-invasive, focus groups found the process unappealing.

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August 1995

LifeScan’s New One Touch Profile

According to LifeScan, the new One Touch Profile meter "is the most advanced system on the market, offering a complete diabetes tracking system."

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The Top 14 Meters Sold in Drugstores - How Does Your Meter Stack Up?

We all know that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is monitor our blood glucose levels. Of course, the meter we select to help us is vital. In fact, comparing meters is like comparing new cars-it's nice to know what other people are buying.

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Two New Meters—How They Compare

PRECISION QID

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April 1995

Used Blood Glucose Meters Destroyed

It seems almost every blood glucose meter company offers discounts if you trade in your old meter, but have you ever wondered what happens to all those meters they get sent?

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January 1995

LifeScan Wins Big

LifeScan scored a pre-trial victory in its patent infringement suit against Polymer Technology, makers of generic test strips for use in LifeScan's One Touch Blood Glucose Monitoring System.

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Non-Invasive Meter Update: What’s New?

In the ever-changing, unstable business of non-invasive glucose meters only one thing seems certain: nothing is certain.

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December 1994

Dick Tracy Watch Under Development

Imagine having a watch that would give you a constant reading of your blood glucose levels without having to prick your finger.

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July 1994

Which Glucose Meter Should I Buy?

Q: I'd like to buy a new meter to test my blood sugar and don't know which one is best. How do I decide which meter to buy?

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June 1994

Blood Glucose Monitoring: The Future Is More Comfortable

Metabolic Control Matters. These words by Dr Richard Eastman, director of the the diabetes program of the National Institutes of Health were meant to introduce the results of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial 1, a 10 year study in almost 1500 patients that demonstrated a tight correlation of excellent control of blood glucose and a dramatic reduction in the risk of the complications of diabetes. This study leaves little room for doubt: if you want to prevent the devastating complications of diabetes you need to bring your blood glucose as close to normal as possible.

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May 1994

Don’t Get Stuck With The Wrong Lancet: Lancet Comparison Article

New developments in technology and manufacturing techniques have brought a new level of sophistication among lancets. The consumer now has more questions than ever about choosing the right lancet. In light of this, DIABETES HEALTH has compiled a comprehensive look at the lancets currently on the market, and their differences.

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January 1994

Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Patch Development

As clearly demonstrated by the DCCT, blood glucose monitoring is a critical element in the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. Cygnus Therapeutic Corporation in Redwood City, California is working on a new non-invasive glucose monitoring system that could dramatically change the way people with diabetes monitor their glucose levels. Unlike the current procedure, which measures the level of glucose in the blood based on blood samples drawn from the fingertips, the new system is non-invasive, and utilizes interstitial fluid rather than blood.

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August 1993

Self Blood Glucose Monitoring Assists Patients with Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes

In a 28-week behavioral weight control program, 22 obese patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes (NIDDM) were recruited to determine the effects of self blood glucose monitoring (SBGM) in diabetes management. For the first eight weeks, all the participants met in weekly support groups. After eight weeks, the original group was divided in two, with the first half continuing the support groups, and the second adding SBGM and dietary carbohydrate counting. While the results in weight loss were identical for both groups, the study revealed that people in the support group experienced a substantial decline in HbA1c levels, followed by a rapid "rebound," while in the second group, HbA1c levels consistently declined. The results of the study suggest that SBGM and carbohydrate counting should be recognized as important tools in the management of non-insulin dependent as well as insulin-dependent diabetes.

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April 1993

What Is Near-Infared, Anyway?

Near-infrared, as you have no doubt heard, is supposedly a technology that allows the taking of a blood glucose reading without the need for a blood sample. The theory is simple: when you shine light on your hand, it passes through it and comes out on the other side (take a flashlight and put it up to your hand: if you look at it from the other side you'll see your hand glowing red). By analyzing the changes in the wavelengths of light after it has passed through an object, it is possible to determine the chemical makeup of that object. Every substance has a spectrum of light that it will absorb and emit; so in theory you can tell just how much glucose is in the blood by analyzing the intensity of the spectrum it emits.

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The Race For The Non-Invasive Sensor

I'm sure you've heard about the non-invasive blood glucose sensors that everyone in the diabetic meter business is talking about; it is, after all, big news. The ability to take accurate glucose readings without the traditional finger-stick would be a blessing to people with diabetes. The estimated $500 million prize going to the inventor of such a device would be a blessing to whichever company produces the first one. The obstacles involved, however, insure that whoever wins it will have to work long and hard.

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November 1992

Dr. Marcus’ Diabetes Tip

Dr. Alan Marcus is a diabetes specialist who practices in Laguna Hills, California. He is also a medical advisor to MiniMed Technologies and a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk Insulin. Dr. Marcus also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for the USC School of Medicine.

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