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Medtronic urgent field notice for 600 series pumps – a minor (fixable) problem when flying

Medtronic urgent field notice for 600 series pumps – a minor (fixable) problem when flying

Summer is arriving and many of us are thinking about flying out to sunnier places. If you or someone in your family has Type 1 Diabetes and uses a MiniMed 600 series Medtronic pump, an urgent field safety notification was released this week to &#8220…

Yardsticks that measure Type 1 Diabetes Successes

Yardsticks that measure Type 1 Diabetes Successes

There are many ways to measure how well diabetes is managed. We’ve learned very quickly to compile a shortlist when looking at our daughter’s data. As Diabetes is such a great balancing act, we look at how well we’ve…

Nightscout – Remote CGM monitoring

Nightscout – Remote CGM monitoring

Most of my reviews start off with me trying to work out who a product would be good for. Outdoorsy people? Techies? Those with little children? Nightscout might be the most specialised system I’ve ever looked at. I rarely also start reviews saying…

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) with Medtronic Enlite® sensor and Guardian® Link Transmitter

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) with Medtronic Enlite® sensor and Guardian® Link Transmitter

Type 1 Diabetes management is an all-the-time thing, every minute of each day. The body no longer produces (enough) insulin and so a highly complicated automated physical function now has to be done manually. One of the big potholes we hit after our…

Diabetes Education for 6 – 18 year olds

Diabetes Education for 6 – 18 year olds

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company well-known for making insulin pens, like the Novopen Echo, and insulin like NovoRapid and Levemir, has developed an educational programme ” to help healthcare professionals provide children and young people with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to…

Medtronic Carelink stops working for many

Medtronic Carelink stops working for many

Cass, our daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and wears a Medtronic 640G pump and integrated Enlite sensor CGM. The sensor and pump generate huge amounts of data and while some of it is viewable on the pump screen, it only really comes into its own…

Aquapac case for insulin pumps

Aquapac case for insulin pumps

Our daughter Cass is Type 1 diabetic and one of her first questions when she realised that her insulin pump need to be attached to her 24 hours a day, was “What about swimming?”. The most recent generation of pumps are (mainly) waterproof…

Diabete-Ezy insulin pump belt

Diabete-Ezy insulin pump belt

Cass, our six-year-old with Type 1 Diabetes, lives in leggings and pyjama bottoms at home. Her insulin pump doesn’t clip well on lounge trousers, so she prefers keeping her pump in a belt around her waist on chill out days. The…

FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitor

FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitor

One afternoon a few weeks ago I received an email from my daughter’s diabetic nurse – medical company Abbot was doing a demonstration of their flash glucose monitor next week and giving out readers to attendees. Were we interested? Yes. Yes we were…

SPI Belt for exercise or insulin pumps

SPI Belt for exercise or insulin pumps

Exercising away from home always presents me with the problem of jingling pockets, when I am lucky enough to have pockets. I carry an inhaler and an Epi-Pen, as well as the usual paraphernalia – a key, a phone and a few coins. The…

Tap2Tag Medical Alert Keyfob, bracelets and card

Tap2Tag Medical Alert Keyfob, bracelets and card

Tap2Tag is a system that makes very sensible use of the NFC technology built into most Android phones. The tags contain a unique web link that when read by your phone direct you to a page on the Tap2Tag website where you can fill in…

Twilight Screen Filter App Review

Twilight Screen Filter App Review

Twilight is a screen tinting and contrast control app for Android that is designed to reduce the level of blue light emitted by your device to cut down on sleep issues. Blue light exposure in the evening has been linked with sleep disruption as well…

CMS Medical Cohesive Bandages

CMS Medical Cohesive Bandages

Cohesive bandages are inexpensive, reusable bandages that is self-adhesive only. It is commonly used to prevent or treat sprains, strains and other mild injuries to muscles and joints. It is well-known in veterinary circles, used on horses in particular, as it doesn&#8217…

Bentley’s alcohol-free hand sanitizer

Bentley’s alcohol-free hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is an extremely useful product in a pinch. I think clean hands are very important, particularly when surrounded by pets and young children and soap and water is not always on hand. Enter the increasingly popular hand gels and foams in travel size…

Kangavites Complete Multivitamin & Mineral Chewable Tablets

Kangavites Complete Multivitamin & Mineral Chewable Tablets

Everyone knows that children (and adults) should have a well rounded and nutritious diet with a full range of vitamins, minerals and other good things. Everyone also knows that children can be picky eaters, may not get enough sunlight exposure for adequate Vitamin D levels…

Ottobock Eco-Buggy Stroller

Ottobock Eco-Buggy Stroller

Pushchairs are an inevitable phase of every child and parents’ life. For the first three or so years, we spend a long time pushing them around until the time when finally the little one can move around well and far enough that they are…

Qardioarm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Qardioarm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood pressure monitors or sphygmomanometers are not something which the vast majority of us think about on a daily basis. We may have an annual checkup with a nurse or GP and have a large inflatable cuff with a pipe attached connected to a pump…

Valedo Back Pain Therapy Sensors

Valedo Back Pain Therapy Sensors

I was excited to unwrap the Valedo sensors. Physiotherapy is a vital part of my day and as someone plagued with back pain, struggling with core stability and muscular control, I was hopeful that the Valedo would help me improve with a program of exercises…

Maxpedition Methusela bag for first aid and medical supplies

Maxpedition Methusela bag for first aid and medical supplies

Many people with chronic health conditions need to carry medical supplies and equipment with them. These items can be bulky and need to be easily accessible. I use a Maxpedition Shoulder Gear Bag (medium size), called the Methusela, to carry my kit. It is a…

Tinnitus Retraining and Sound Therapy Apps

Tinnitus Retraining and Sound Therapy Apps

Tinnitus is an abnormal noise that only you can hear. It is a common condition and most people experience it at some point, usually after going to a particularly loud concert. As many as 1 in 10 people have persistent tinnitus that is mild and…