Poor Journalism (was [IP] THE PARADIGM SYSTEM is ..)
I almost died laughing when I read this. Does anyone remember when journalists
got anything right?
1. The Cozmo already calculates the amount of insulin for a given number of
2. The Cozmo will already calculate a correction bolus for a given blood sugar.
3. I am not aware of very many people who have "implanted" insulin pumps.
Certainly not 200,000
Did I miss any obvious errors?
> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 08:46:45 -0400
> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IP] THE PARADIGM SYSTEM is a first step toward developing an
artifici al pancreas.
> New device can manage diabetes
> Associated Press
> Some diabetics will no longer have to add up how much insulin they need for
> every bite of food. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the
> first device that checks a patient's blood sugar, automatically calculates
> how much insulin they need and signals an implanted pump to send out the
> right dose.
> THE PARADIGM SYSTEM is a first step toward developing an artificial
> Diabetes specialists hope the new device will cut down on dosing errors and
> make it easier for patients to manage their disease.
> "The smarter these systems can become ... the better our patients ought to
> be able to do," said American Diabetes Association past president Francine
> Kaufman, a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
> Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations,
> and dramatically raises the risk of heart attacks. It kills 180,000
> Americans each year.
> Some diabetics control their disease with diet, exercise and various
> medications; others require regular injections of insulin, a hormone crucial
> to converting blood sugar into energy.
> More than 200,000 diabetics have insulin pumps implanted in their abdomens,
> a programmable system that can provide more precise, regular doses, infusing
> even while the patient is sleeping.
> Patients still must figure out how much and when their pumps should emit by
> pricking their fingers to see how much glucose is in their blood and
> calculating how many carbohydrates they plan to eat. Calculating wrong could
> cause dangerously high or low doses.
> The new system combines a Medtronic MiniMed Inc. insulin pump with a glucose
> monitor from Becton Dickinson to do a lot of that work automatically.
> Patients still will prick their fingers, but the pager-sized monitor uses
> wireless technology to beam the glucose reading straight to the implanted
> insulin pump.
> Once meal plans are punched in, a calculator in the pump will deliver a dose
> recommendation by calculating target glucose levels, the patient's insulin
> sensitivity and how much insulin already is in the blood.
> The patient still has final control, and may override the recommended dose.
> Medtronic said the prescription-only device will begin shipping July 21 and
> cost $5,995, $500 more than Medtronic's manually programmed insulin pump.
> Shares in Medtronic rose 18 cents to $47.73 each on the New York Stock
> Exchange, where Becton Dickinson shares rose 24 cents to $39.75.
> (c) 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be
> published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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