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    • #6087
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Assuming I wasn’t still half asleep this morning BBC news had a two sentence announcement that there’s a trial of a potential diabetes cure looking for volunteers.

      Typical of the half ***** reporting on the beeb no mention of details such as what type, who is running it, who to contact, etc.

      Googling it I couldn’t find any details but I did find this which may be of interest to some!

      http://www.newscientist.com/mobile/article/dn21019-diabetic-rats-cured-with-their-own-stem-cells.html

    • #9035
      Tim
      Keymaster

      There’s other coverage of the “cure” here:

      http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/10October/Pages/very-early-days-diabetes-pill.aspx
      and here:
      http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.com/2011/10/express-takes-enormous-leap-of-faith.html

      to summarise both of the above, reports of a cure are greatly exagerated. As always.

    • #9037
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Come on! Most journos don’t even know what diabolics is. How on earth can you expect them to differentiate between a small breakthrough & a cure.
      I’ll just carry on whistling…

    • #9128
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I was sure there was a forum post on wireless pump security but I couldn’t find it.

      But theres more news today of a further pump security vunerability on the medtronic wireless pump http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/27/fatal_insulin_pump_attack/

      Unless the medtronic is super quiet & vibration free I seriously doubt whether a ‘fatal dose’ could be given without noticing, I notice mine chugging away in a contented manner whenever it starts delivering insulin, although adjusting the basal thats a possibility.

      I thought it was good of the researcher to point out that 10 years ago manufacturers weren’t as bothered as they should be by security concerns, I’ve stuck the link in as interesting reading rather than anything we should be worried about (unless you’re likely to be on someones assasination list) and even then only if your death musn’t be suspicious…

      Thats probably not many of us worldwide!

    • #9129
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      And a (fairly vague) response from Medtronic the other day:
      Update from #Medtronic on #insulin #pump security http://bit.ly/tDnPtX (via @MDT_Diabetes on Twitter)

    • #9133
      Annette A
      Participant

      Another day, another news(ish) item…
      I was listening to Radio 2, Jeremy Vine, and they had their dr on talking about the driving licence etc stuff. She (Dr) had the cheek to say that ‘We are trying to stop people calling themselves diabetics – they aren’t diabetics, they are people with diabetes.’ Sharp text message sent to programme (ignored, obviously, but that was expected.) about our right to call ourselves what we want. And to be honest, the whole section was a bit unhelpful – full of people who didnt know the difference between T1 and T2 (including Jeremy Vine, it appeared, and not that sure about the Dr, who did give a vague attempt but then waved it off as not important). Ddint give any useful information, and was more concerned about people who were drivers for a living than the actual unfairness of it all. (Obviously its a problem for them. But there are more diabetics who dont drive for a living than who do.)

    • #9134
      Alison
      Keymaster

      Jeremy Vine irritates the hell out of me, I’ve never known a man to be so ill informed on such a wide ;

    • #9135
      Annette A
      Participant

      Me too. I usually turn him off within seconds of him coming on. But because he was doing a bit about the driving stuff, I thought I’d hang on. I shouldn’t have bothered.

    • #9136
      Tim
      Keymaster

      I like Jon Holmes on Radio 6 Music. This has nothing to do with Jeremy Vine or the topic in question, but I felt compelled to tell you all.

    • #9137
      Tim
      Keymaster

      More sensibly – there’s some further discussion of Jeremy Vine’s show over here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134148683447/

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