If you're getting information about diabetes from groups or friends on Facebook, you might want to be careful. A new study suggests that a quarter of posts in these groups are possibly ads, and not for FDA-approved treatments, either.
Novo Nordisk announced today the availability of NovoDoseTM - the first-ever mobile insulin dosing guide for physicians to look up dosing guidelines and blood glucose goals for their patients with diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 24 million Americans. The guide is available as an application on iTunes and is specific to Novo Nordisk's modern insulin analog portfolio: Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection), NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection), and NovoLog® Mix 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin]).
It is official! Today at the World's largest Diabetes Congress, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 70th Scientific Sessions (Booth 305) in Orlando, Florida, Diabetes Health Magazine (www.diabeteshealth.com) launched the first diabetes magazine Mobile Application, Diabetes Health Mobile (DH Mobile.)
Investigate. Inform. Inspire. This statement is not only our commitment to you, the readers of Diabetes Health, but also a call to action. In our June/July print issue (available online June 1 under the Digital Edition tab), we've done some investigating. We tracked down educational agencies, websites, software, and applications, and we've listed them for you in our 2nd Educational Resource Guide.
Eurotech, an 84-year-old technology company, recently introduced its EverywareTM Medical Gateway, a remote monitoring device that it hopes will bolster the already notable effectiveness that home care diabetes monitoring has had in reducing hospital admissions. Along with several partners, including IBM and Roche, Eurotech demonstrated the device at the October Continua Health Alliance Fall Summit and Plugfest held in Boston.
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?"
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
Diabetes is a chronic yet manageable malady; as such, it requires
constant interaction between the person and the disease. You must
pay attention to the endless flow of information produced by your
various management tools.
The new ezManager Plus from Animas Corporation is an upgrade from
the older ezManager product, and adds the ability to download
information from the Animas IR1000/1200 insulin pumps and numerous
blood glucose meters. The ezManager Plus is actually two
programs— one for a PDA and one that runs on Windows-based
PCs. The Palm OS (PDA) application lets you count carbohydrates,
calculate insulin dosages (carbohydrate dosages, too) and log meals,
insulin, blood glucose and activity.
Have you dreamed of having a low-cost diabetes management program to
track daily nutrition information, exercise, medication and blood
glucose levels? D-Diabetic Software from Sugar World offers these
features and more.
As a user of LifeScan glucose meters, I was eager to take a look at
their diabetes management software. I installed the software, hooked
up the data cable, grabbed my trusty UltraSmart glucose meter and
started up the software with a double-click on the OneTouch icon.
Are you unable to tear your child away from the computer? Do you
want your child to learn more about diabetes? “Type 1 Diabetes
in Children: A Passport to Knowledge,” from Savvy Knowledge
Systems, may be your solution.
The Body Journal software from Berkeley Medical is a new entry to the market
and is not simply for managing your diabetes information: It allows you to
record, save and share complete health information for your entire family.
This month we take a look at a Web-based product called DiabetEase from DiabetEase,
Inc. DiabetEase, like other diabetes management software programs, provides
you with tools to save, track and graph blood glucose data.
If you are like me, you test your blood glucose at least four times per day,
and you have been noting your blood glucose readings in a logbook. While this
certainly helps to keep track of blood glucose data, I normally look only
at how to manage the current reading.
Over the past 20 years, a group of researchers at the University of Virginia
Health Science System have developed and tested a training program, called
Blood Glucose Awareness Training (BGAT), for adults with type 1 diabetes.
This research was funded both by the National Institutes of Health and the
American Diabetes Association.
Most of the products reviewed in this
column over the past few months have
come from glucose meter and insulin pump
manufacturers and independent software
companies. This month, we will take a look
at an offering from one of the major insulin
manufacturers: DiabetesWatch, a Web-based
product from Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
Because each person’s resting metabolism
rate is unique, the people at Healthetech
emphasize that knowing your “metabolic
fingerprint” is the key to achieving and
maintaining healthy lifestyle goals—particularly
when it’s medically necessary to
monitor diet and exercise.
Most of the products reviewed in this
column over the past few months
have come from glucose meter and insulin
pump manufacturers and from independent
software companies. This month, we will take
a look at an offering from one of the major
insulin manufacturers: Keeping Well With
Diabetes, a Web-based product from Novo
Being the parent of a child with type 1, I was
anxious to evaluate Diabetes Education for
Kids by Dbaza, Inc. This software explains
the different elements of diabetes and
shows the child how to manage them.
I spent some time this month reflecting on
the products I have reviewed over the past
year and realized that diabetes management
software is getting more and more
sophisticated. I have been asked if there is
any “basic” software out there for diabetes
This month, Abbott Diabetes Care gave
me the opportunity to review their new
FreeStyle CoPilot Health Management
Software, which works with the Precision
Xtra and Therasense glucose meters. I was
especially anxious to look at this software
because it also works with the data from my
CoZmore insulin pump and glucose meter
Do you currently use a Bayer Glucometer
or Ascensia brand glucose meter? Are
you looking for a way to download your
glucose readings from the meter to diabetes
management software on your computer?
Bayer may have a solution for you: their
Ascensia WinGlucofacts software.
Looking for an inexpensive software package to help track your diabetes-management data? Do you want a Web-based program? How about the ability to e-mail the data directly to your doctor or certified diabetes educator (CDE)? Diabetes Assistant, a software program from Roche Diagnostics Corporation, might meet your needs.
Roche Diagnostics recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Web-based diabetes management program, known as the Accu-Chek Diabetes Assistant (available through the Web site www.accu-chek.com).
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.
When I was asked to write this article, my first thought was, "Oh, boy, this should be fun." But as I started my research, I found that I was way behind the curve in my understanding of the importance of tracking my food intake.
Kaiser Permanente, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. are working together to expand the use of Archimedes, a computer simulation model that can be used to develop diabetes care programs.
One would think that with all the technological advances in handheld computers, there would be a plethora of software products available for every need. In fact, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of software products on the market today. However, finding the specific type of software you need can be quite challenging.
If you're breaking your back—or calculator—trying to compute the carbohydrates in every meal in order to set your insulin dose, then work no more. Family Health Publications of Costa Mesa, California, is now offering a software program that counts the amount of carbohydrates in the most common type of foods, including fast food. The program can by uploaded on to a PalmPilot, where the carbohydrate count, in addition to calorie, fat and protein content of a selected food pops up on the screen.
Now, doctors and patients can access all the information they need regarding the patient's health with the InSight Professional. In August 2001, Disetronic Medical Systems Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, launched the online diabetes management program that allows users to create a personal database of their insulin intake, blood-sugar levels and more. Patients can upload information directly from their insulin pumps and blood glucose meters from their home computers.
Eight years ago, Apple Computer Corporation introduced the Apple Newton MessagePad 100, thus launching the hand-held computer revolution. As technology has facilitated the way we use these types of computers, many electronics manufacturers have jumped on board in the development and marketing of their own handheld devices.
iMetrikus of Carlsbad, California, announced its partnership with Home Diagnostics Inc. (HDI) to offer a new system for people with diabetes to test blood sugars and track the results in a format that can be provided to their doctors.
It may no longer be necessary to visit your doctor to get advice and the results of blood tests, according to researchers in Creteil, France, who presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association's scientific sessions in June. Using e-mail to send data from self blood glucose monitoring to your doctor and ask questions is efficient and economical, they say.
On May 15, Roche Diagnostics of Indianapolis, Indiana, introduced its new software package for tracking blood sugar levels and presenting them in formats that help patients better manage their diabetes.
Many of you probably record your blood glucose in a diary or logbook, which you bring to your healthcare team on routine visits. This logbook has been an important component of diabetes treatment programs since the days of Dr. Elliot Joslin (Joslin Diabetes Center), the late pioneering diabetes specialist. Dr. Joslin believed important events in a person's life and diabetes treatment should be entered into a diary that both that person and his health care team could refer back to for treatment decisions.
Do you feel overwhelmed trying to keep track of blood glucose readings and figure out insulin dosages? Do you have trouble collecting all the data your doctor needs for analysis and for your care? To address these problems, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) has developed BD Diabetes Software, an easy-to-use program for tracking and analyzing patterns of blood glucose readings and insulin dosages.
LifeScan has upgraded its Windows-based software by introducing IN TOUCH Diabetes Management Software, Version 1.31. This new software, available for both the patient with diabetes and their health care provider, can download patient blood glucose data from any of LifeScan's current consumer meters. This makes it easier for health care providers to manage many patients and help them better control their blood sugars.
Palm Pilot people have formed a cultpage 2-like following around their miniscule computers. In case you are not a member of this group, Palm Pilots are hand-held computer datebooks, giving easy access to schedules, addresses, and other personal organizer files. Because it fits in your palm, it can be used anywhere.
Every Thursday night before she goes to sleep, Lynn Dempsky, a 42-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes, uses an Acculink modem. With the push of a button, her whole week of glucose readings is faxed to her doctor. If a follow-up is required, she hears from her doctor the next morning. Dempsky says the new modem system has improved her communication with her doctor and is helping her keep better control of her disease.
Meals 'n Carbs is a new CD-ROM designed by two diabetes educators to help people plan their meals with diabetes management in mind. The CD-ROM begins with basic information about digestion, diabetes and carbohydrate counting for people recently diagnosed with diabetes. It then progresses to a meal planner, in which you use your mouse to add foods to a meal and print out your nutritional information.
NuMedics, Inc. announced in August that the John Muir Diabetes Center in Walnut Creek, Calif., will use its CliniPro software for diabetes management with its patients. CliniPro software manages patients' records and analyzes their information for health care professionals.
Diabetes treatment has made its way into the high-tech age! A new prescription bottle with a "brain" and a beeping alarm clock will help remind patients when to take their medications. It also beeps when it is time for people with diabetes to check blood glucose levels.
Helping space aliens and controlling blood glucose may sound like an odd mix, but in a new educational software program produced by the Starbright Foundation, a non-profit organization, the two work together to help teach kids about diabetes. The program, funded by Eli Lilly & Company, is just one example of the computer software products available to help people of all ages manage their diabetes.
Vince Brewerton has had type 1 diabetes for nine years. By using a software program that was compatible with his glucose meter, he was able to learn how to tighten his control. The software allowed him to see how his glucose levels changed throughout the day and, in turn, adjust his insulin doses accordingly.
Balance PC Diabetes Software, a new product from MediLife Inc., has received a "Favorably Reviewed" seal from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The software is "a complete health management" system for insulin and oral medication users.
Since ancient times, diet has been acknowledged as the cornerstone of diabetes management. NutriGenie, a company established by a group of Stanford University researchers, has developed software for use on Windows that combines age old methods of diet maintenance with 20th century technology.
Even before the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), people were interested in tight control of their blood sugars. The big problem then, as well as now, was how to keep accurate track of blood glucose levels in order to develop a regimen. Fortunately, in this age of technology keeping track of blood sugars can be done simply and thoroughly using a personal computer.
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