US safety notice for Medtronic 600-series pumps

News recently emerged about a safety recall of Medtronic insulin pumps in the US. News spread quickly across the internet, but an Australian perspective might be useful. It’s a recall through the US Food and Drug Adminstration, and thus does not apply to Australia. The pumps affected are the 630G and 670G pumps (manufactured during …

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That time the Wookiee DIDN’T become more Bionic

As I wrote last month I was recently diagnosed with atheroschlerosis, with two partial blockages in arteries around my heart. Although my lipid profile has always been regarded as “low risk”, something developed at some point over the past years. Without having a heart attack, these narrowings were discovered by non-invasive testing (starting with a stress …

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Is your BOB ready?

What’s a BOB you ask? It’s a Bug-Out Bag, containing almost all the essentials if you need to leave your house. It’s a term popularised by the survivalist crowd, but it can also be an important tool for people living with Type 1 Diabetes. Consider a couple of possible scenarios: You’re involved in an accident and end …

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Lantus is being replaced

Lantus is a long-acting basal insulin which has been around since 2000. That’s about to change, but don’t panic. Essentially it’s just a name change. History Lantus is a U100 form of insulin glargine, made by Sanofi. Its patent protection eventually ran out, so new versions started appearing from other companies. Lilly (who also make Humalog) …

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