Pendsey Trust produce new video

Your soaraway Shoot Up’s very favourite charity – The Pendsey Trust – have released a short video detailing their work supporting diabetics in rural India. As well as dealing in the “simple” stuff, like the supply of insulin and testing strips, they are also very much involved in long-term projects, education and practical support so… Read More »

Living with the Libre – interlude

I’m just typing up my second article about my experiences with the Libre. As always, I got slightly distracted by linguistics. Before I heard it spoken aloud by my consultant, I thought the Libre was pronounced “Leeb-ruh” but apparently, it’s pronounced the “Leeb-ray”. Expert polyglots will correct me, but if it has an upward inflection,… Read More »

Living with the Libre – part 1

Last night I found myself sitting in a lecture theatre in the studenty-bit of the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. Surrounded by about 175 other type ones (who knew Edinburgh had so many pancreatically-challenged denizens?) we were about to be introduced to Abbott’s flash glucose testing do-hicky – the Libre. Apparently demand for the new device had… Read More »

Insulin Square – Episode Three

Long term readers of your soaraway Shoot Up will recall – probably against their will – the earlier episodes of our very own soap opera, Insulin Square, in which every character is diabetic (or are they?) When I wrote Episode Two back in July 2011, I promised (or threatened) that Episode Three would “probably follow… Read More »

BBC: Deadly diabetes in ‘unrelenting march’

The BBC has today reported that “the world is facing an ‘unrelenting march’ of diabetes which now affects nearly one in 11 adults” according to a new report from the World Health Organization. In an unrelentingly cheerful article, the BBC gleefully point out that cases of diabetes (lumping type one and type two together) have nearly quadrupled… Read More »