CGM for 2020 – will new entrants reduce costs? was discussed on, 12 October 2019. 

One of the highlights of the various conferences during 2019 has been the slew of new CGM providers that appear to have CE marks (European approval) and are therefore entering the previously uncompetitive market that is CGM.  In addition to Dexcom and Medtronic, Medtrum has been given anecdotal thumbs up from users in central Europe, and we await their A8 with interest. Meanwhile Eversense has offered a slightly different approach to the traditional “change every 7-10 days” model, with their implantable, 90/180 days options, which still require some level of calibration.

On top of this, there’s the Abbott Freestyle Libre, and Libre 2 in some countries, that while technically not CGM, has sprouted a whole industry of add-ons and hacks to get CGM data out.

2020 – What’s coming next? 

    • Ascensia’s relaunch of PocTech
    • Agamatrix’s Waveform Cascade
    • Aidex from GlucoRX
    • Infinovo’s Glunovo i3
    • Nemaura’s Sugarbeat

Read more: CGM for 2020

Why Women’s Hearts Are at Greater Risk was published by Sara Seitz for, 12 December 2019. Women with type 1 diabetes have multiple factors that result in a uniquely high risk of developing cardiovascular complications.

As a whole, people living with type 1 diabetes experience heart disease far more than even those suffering from type 2 diabetes. This is true despite the fact that type 2 is a condition associated with all the major risk factors of heart disease including obesity, high blood lipids, and high blood pressure.

Stranger still, women living with type 1 experience heart disease at rates greater than men with type 1 and both men and women with type 2.

Read more:  Why Women’s Hearts Are at Greater Risk

Abbott Labs kills free tool that lets you own the blood-sugar data from your glucose monitor, saying it violates copyright law was reported on, 12 December 2019. 

The admin of Diabettech posted technical instructions and code for extracting your blood-sugar data from the Librelink so that you could use a different “listener” app with your data, or even connect it to an insulin pump to create an artificial pancreas loop.

In response, Abbott Labs used US copyright law to have the project deleted from Github, censoring Diabettech’s code and instructions. In its takedown notice, Abbot’s lawfirm Kirkland & Ellis LLP (a huge corporate firm) advances several alarming arguments about projects like this.

Read more:  Abbott Labs kills free tool that lets you own the blood-sugar data from your glucose monitor

Should you give gifts to your Healthcare Providers?  Here are 2 perspectives, one from a medical professional and the other from a grateful patient.

Do You Accept Gifts From Patients?  From a bottle of wine to your kid’s college tuition — where do you draw the line? was written by Howard Wolinsky for, 5 December 2019. 

Should doctors accept gifts intended as expressions of gratitude? If so, what is a reasonable monetary value? Or should you politely decline?

It depends on whom you ask.

“There are no definitive regulations regarding accepting gifts from patients, and opposing views exist. Some believe physicians should never accept gifts because it might influence the standard of care or weaken the fiduciary relationship. Others believe that accepting gifts in certain circumstances allows patients to express gratitude and strengthens the physician-patient bond,” said psychiatrist Lara Hazelton, MD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Read more:  Do You Accept Gifts From Patients?


An Antique Watch for a Successful Surgery – Why patients want to give their doctors gifts was also written by Howard Wolinsky for, 5 December 2019. 

Patients generally are oblivious to — or ignore — the fact that medical ethics attempt to regulate gift-giving to physicians and other health professionals. Gratitude is one thing, quid pro quo is another. 

What do you think?

Read more: An Antique Watch for a Successful Surgery