Abbott FreeStyle Libre Tech Hits Milestone Moment was reviewed by Mike Hoskins for DiabetesMine.com, 3 November 2020.
In September, Abbott Diabetes received international approval of its tiny new FreeStyle Libre 3 version outside the United States, putting it on track to offer functionality on par with competing CGM devices from Dexcom, Medtronic, and even the implantable Eversense.
Abbott plans to bring Libre 3 to the U.S., and in the meantime, they’ve launched a new athlete-focused biosensor for those without diabetes.
World Diabetes Day 2020: Is It Still on During the Pandemic? was written by Wil Dubois for DiabetesMine.com, 2 November 2020.
Marked every November 14th since 1991, WDD is championed by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and became more visible globally in 2007 after a successful campaign to get the United Nations (UN) to adopt a resolution recognizing diabetes as a global health threat.
But the title question just struck me as odd. Well, we all still have diabetes, don’t we?
With the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting treatment services for non-communicable diseases are “severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” and with diabetes health services partially or completely disrupted in 49 percent of the world, WDD 2020 is still a “go,” although it — like all else — will look a little different this year, according to the IDF.
For a quick background, you should know that November 14 was chosen as WDD because it is the birthdate of Dr. Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, who is generally hailed as a diabetes hero.
Following the 2006 UN resolution recognizing WDD, the Blue Circle came to be the international symbol for diabetes. The color choice was in part because blue is the official color of the UN flags and logos, and partly because it’s the color of the sky that vaults all national borders: A way of saying diabetes affects us all.
So, WDD and NDAM still matter, perhaps more than ever given that people are so physically disconnected these days. Both are still being marked in a variety of ways, just with a new face this year. Smaller. More distant. Virtual.
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