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St. Patty's Six.

The Friday Six:  March 14, 2008 editionWhat a week.  And even though Monday is actually Saint Patrick's Day, I'm observing the holiday this weekend.  So here be the St. Patty's Six. 

HUGE news from Abbott yesterday regarding their version of the continuous glucose monitoring system: The Navigator.  I am itching to try this system out, too.  I am looking forward to the day when CGM models all but replace traditional glucose meters.  The power of real-time results is unparalleled, but we just need a company to make it work.  I'm curious to see how The Navigator compares against what we've already seen from Medtronic and Dexcom.

Also, the JDRF website is featuring a Blogger Roundtable discussion this week - and there are plenty of people from the diabetes community that have been highlighted.  Read the insights and perspectives offered up by Bernard, Scott J, Sandra, Amy, Gina, Scott S, Allie, Manny, and me!  Thanks to Allison for compiling these profiles. 

And thanks to a tip from Bernard, the first human trials towards a cure for established type 1 diabetes are on the verge of starting.  According to the release, "The first step in the human study, which is currently enrolling volunteers, is to determine whether the same strategy using BCG vaccination can be used to modify the abnormal autoimmune cells that are present in type 1 diabetes, sometimes called 'juvenile-onset' diabetes."  This is tremendous news, and I'm already checking to see if I could be a possible volunteer.  Exciting times, but I'm reserving my hope for once the trials produce some results.  Still ... pretty darn exciting.

On a knitting note (stretching for the segue), I came across these neat little knitted ... bodily organs thanks to this week's Grand Rounds.   The blogger over at FreshMD is the source for these images and highlights the creators of these crafts.  I'm impressed, and personally, I like the little corn-on-the-cob looking pancreas in a pretty butter yellow.

And with the last of the invitation list sent out to the printer and our invitations en route, I'm taking the weekend off from thinking about anything wedding or diabetes-related. I'm off to Newport, RI to celebrate St. Patrick's Day starting with the big parade and ending up ... who knows where. :)  My maid of honor is in charge.  I'm just happily following her lead and will do my best to not stress out about a damn thing.

Have a great (and safe) weekend and I'll see you Monday!!  (Editor's Note:  I just realized there are only five items here.  Whoops.  As a quick sixth, check out this wonderful tribute by SuperG about his father.  His post brought tears to my eyes, and made me want to drive home to RI and give my dad a hug.)

Comments

Thanks for the link and the kind words. I hope you do give your dad that hug!

Have a great weekend.

I've knit a pancreas! You can check it (and other organs) out at this post. =)

happy st patricks day!

Went to the ADA's Diabetes Expo in Boston yesterday. Talked/listened to the Navigator people for a few seconds. I haven't done a lot of research into the CBGM stuff as of yet due to it not being simple and fool proof enough for me yet. My three spur of the moment observations, transmitter/sensor seems a bit bigger then some of the others, calibration didn't seem as simple, and third, I did like that the receiver has a built in bG meter. A very good idea. Just my spur of the moment 2 cents. Will be interesting to see what users say.

this is an amazing prototype if you haven't already seen it!

http://www.adaptivepath.com/blog/2007/08/14/charmr-a-design-concept-for-diabetes-management-devices/
http://www.adaptivepath.com/blog/2007/08/14/charmr-how-we-got-involved/

i'm a pumper and a web designer who just happens to be working with this company on an unrelated project. very interesting ideas!!

Kerri,
I was thinking about volunteering for that clinical trials myself, let me know how you did, it is exciting news though.

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