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Philip

Liquid in the cartridge compartment will not cause damage as the pump is
sealed below this point.

I was pleased to hear you liked the D-TRON- Disetronic in the UK are really
looking forward to launching it!

Best wishes

John H
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From: ip-uk-digest <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: 05 October 2000 15:17
Subject: ip-uk-digest V1 #341


>
>ip-uk-digest         Thursday, October 5 2000         Volume 01 : Number
341
>
>
>
>PLEASE edit the subject line of your reply messages.
>####################################################
>This issue of the digest contains:
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>RE: [IPk] OCRed article from New Scientist re diabetic damage mec hanism
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>[IPk] thigh site
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>Re: [IPk] thigh site
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>Re: [IPk] thigh site
>[IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum Americans
>Re: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum Americans
>RE: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum  Americans
>Re: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum Americans
>RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>
>----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:17:03 +0100
>From: Cork Phillip <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>The new Disetronic pump was on display at Milton Keynes last Friday. I must
>say I was impressed. As you say it uses a pre-filled cartridge. I could
have
>done with that this morning while I was providing fellow train passengers a
>free display of how difficult it is to get rid of air bubbles when filling
>the current model. This one feature will make life so much easier and I
hope
>prevent leakages from the flimsy cartridge back down into the workings of
>the pump. Has anyone else experience insulin leaking out of the cartridge
>piston and will it cause any damage (I'm not sure how much leaked out but
>could see some insulin on the inside of the cartridge and also in the hole
>in the pump motor arm which accepts the threaded rode)?
>
>Philip
>
>- -----Original Message-----
>From: John Neale [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 9:03 AM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>
>I've just learnt that Disetronic expect to be supplying the D-TRON in the
>UK by next January - but I didn't hear this from Disetronic themselves. It
>is indeed a brand new pump packed full of loads of new features, including
>the use of a 3ml prefilled pen cartridge to make refilling extremely quick
>and easy.
>
>It's been suggested that anyone buying a Disetronic pump between now and
>then may be offered a free upgrade when the new one comes out. More details
>from Disetronic UK <email @ redacted>
>
>More details on US website at
>http://www.disetronicusa.com/products/dtron.html
>
>John
>
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:26:56 +0100
>From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>The new Disetronic pump was on display at Milton Keynes last Friday.
>
>I think this was what I saw in Birmingham a few weeks ago too, which is why
>I thought it was already available in this country.
>I do like the pre-filled cartridges part, though I guess that means you
>will have to pay for your insulin as well???
>Di
>
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:26:01 +0100
>From: Cork Phillip <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] OCRed article from New Scientist re diabetic damage mec
hanism
>
>That is very interesting; thanks for letting us know. I was on a clinical
>trial for a treatment of the build-up of sorbitol within the cells of
>diabetics in the eighties. Unfortunately, the drug didn't progress to
>market. I just hope that this is more successful.
>
>Philip
>
>- -----Original Message-----
>From: Pat Reynolds [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 4:34 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IPk] OCRed article from New Scientist re diabetic damage
>mechanism
>
>
>Dear All,
>
>This is off-topic (i.e. nothing to do with pumps), but hope that it will
>be of enough general interest that I'll be forgiven.
>
>
>  ------- Forwarded message follows -------
>Radical damage.
>
>A single type of toxic molecule may destroy organs in diabetics.
>
>BLINDNESS, kidney failure and nerve damage caused by diabetes can be traced
>to a single mechanism in cells, say researchers in New York. If drugs could
>be found that target this mechanism, they say, these complications could be
>stopped in their tracks.
>
>Diabetes leads to hyperglycaemia-excess glucose in the blood. This damages
>nerves and the lining of blood vessels. When this happens in the retina,
for
>instance, it can cause blindness. Scientists already know of four major
>biochemical pathways that give rise to this damage. "But there was nothing
>connecting them," says Michael Brownlee of the Albert Einstein College of
>Medicine in New York. So he and his colleagues set out to find the link.
>Cells oxidise glucose to fuel their energy factories, or mitochondria. This
>process involves a sequence of electron-transfer reactions called the
>mitochondrial electron transport chain, which produces a free radical
called
>superoxide as a by-product.
>
>Normally, cells are able to dispose of the small amount of superoxide they
>produce. But too much glucose in the blood upsets the cell's delicate
>balance. "If you push too many electrons through the mitochondrial electron
>transport chain, it jams up. You start generating lots of superoxide," says
>Brown-lee, who presented his team's findings at last week's meeting in
>Jerusalem of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
>
>Brownlee and his team took cells from cows and humans genetically modified
>them to produce high levels of a protein called UCP1, which indirectly
>reduces levels of superoxide.
>Significantly, stopping the build-up of superoxide blocked the four
pathways
>that lead to diabetic complications. "They are all connected because they
>are downstream of one thing-the superoxide production," says Brownlee.
>
>The electron transport chain may also explain a phenomenon called
>hyperglycaemic memory, in which cells that have been exposed to excess
>glucose later develop complications even after glucose concentrations have
>returned to normal. Brownlee suggests that excess superoxide can cause
>mutations in mitochondrial DNA. These mutations would in turn lead to more
>superoxide production, he says.
>
>"This is a really fundamental and highly important discovery," says Phillip
>Gorden, former director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
>and Kidney Diseases near Washington DC. "It offers a lot of promise for
>therapies." Anhl Ananthaswamy
>
>
>
>- --
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>email @ redacted
>   "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years
time"
>
>   (T. Pratchett)
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>------------------------------
>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:31:03 +0100
>From: Cork Phillip <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>I asked about that and was told that this will be down to the NHS. The
>cartridge is similar to those used in pen injectors. From a quick look it
>would seem that to push the thick rubber seal down the length of the
>cartridge will consume more battery power and that will be expensive.
>
>Philip
>
>- -----Original Message-----
>From: Diana Maynard [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 2:27 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>The new Disetronic pump was on display at Milton Keynes last Friday.
>
>I think this was what I saw in Birmingham a few weeks ago too, which is why
>I thought it was already available in this country.
>I do like the pre-filled cartridges part, though I guess that means you
>will have to pay for your insulin as well???
>Di
>
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:38:24 +0100
>From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>I asked about that and was told that this will be down to the NHS. The
>>cartridge is similar to those used in pen injectors. From a quick look it
>>would seem that to push the thick rubber seal down the length of the
>>cartridge will consume more battery power and that will be expensive.
>>
>>Philip
>
>So does it operate in a completely different way from the current
>Disetronic pumps then, with respect to releasing the insulin from the
>cartridge?
>Also, how is the cartridge sealed? Do you have to break the seal yoruself,
>and if so, doesn't this enable the possibility of air getting in?
>Just curious.
>Di
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 14:52:33 +0100
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IPk] thigh site
>
>My first attempt at using a thigh site was fairly successful.  It lasted me
>about four days. One disadvantage was that it was sore whenever I first
>started walking:  in the morning, or after sitting for a long while.  My
>BGs were fine, and it didn't look irritated, so I left it in.  It's just
>something I'll have to put up with whenever I use this site.  There was
>also a red lump when I removed it, that was more upsetting looking than
>when I remove a set from my belly.  But I put cream on it and it died down
>without bother.
>
>The main thing I dislike about a thigh site is not being able to change it
>in company! But I will be using it again.
>
>elizabeth
>
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>------------------------------
>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 15:16:30 +0100
>From: Cork Phillip <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>Insulin is released from the cartridge by pushing a needle through the
>rubber seal at one end (compare the rubber seal on the vial of humolog you
>use now); the other end has a moveable seal which is pushed in by a
>motorised piston like the current model. You would be very unlucky to get
>air in there but in theory it is possible.
>
>Philip
>- -----Original Message-----
>From: Diana Maynard [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 2:38 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>I asked about that and was told that this will be down to the NHS. The
>>cartridge is similar to those used in pen injectors. From a quick look it
>>would seem that to push the thick rubber seal down the length of the
>>cartridge will consume more battery power and that will be expensive.
>>
>>Philip
>
>So does it operate in a completely different way from the current
>Disetronic pumps then, with respect to releasing the insulin from the
>cartridge?
>Also, how is the cartridge sealed? Do you have to break the seal yoruself,
>and if so, doesn't this enable the possibility of air getting in?
>Just curious.
>Di
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>------------------------------
>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 15:19:30 +0100
>From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IPk] thigh site
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>My first attempt at using a thigh site was fairly successful.  It lasted
me
>>about four days. One disadvantage was that it was sore whenever I first
>>started walking:  in the morning, or after sitting for a long while.  My
>>BGs were fine, and it didn't look irritated, so I left it in.  It's just
>>something I'll have to put up with whenever I use this site.  There was
>>also a red lump when I removed it, that was more upsetting looking than
>>when I remove a set from my belly.  But I put cream on it and it died down
>>without bother.
>>
>>The main thing I dislike about a thigh site is not being able to change it
>>in company! But I will be using it again.
>>
>>elizabeth
>
>That's encouraging to hear. How often do you need to change your site in
>company anyway? :-)
>That's odd about the walking thing - maybe you were close to a muscle?
>I often find that when I first insert a set in my upper stomach, it's close
>to a large muscle  (underneath all the fat, I actually have lots of muscle
>in my stomach) and it hurts  when I move, but soon settles down.
>  Maybe I will be adventurous and try the thigh again.
> Di
>
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 15:25:31 +0100
>From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>Insulin is released from the cartridge by pushing a needle through the
>>rubber seal at one end (compare the rubber seal on the vial of humolog you
>>use now);
>
>And what's the needle attached to? The tubing of the infusion set?
>Di
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 15:30:09 +0100
>From: Cork Phillip <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>I didn't take the machine apart but I would think that's a sensible guess.
>By the way the pump is longer than the present one, it can download usage
>data via infra red links and can be integrated to the readings on their new
>pump (I think that's what he said) to give a more complete picture. All
>this, of course, cuts down on excuses for not getting it right!
>
>Philip
>
>- -----Original Message-----
>From: Diana Maynard [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 3:26 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>
>On Wed, 04 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>>Insulin is released from the cartridge by pushing a needle through the
>>rubber seal at one end (compare the rubber seal on the vial of humolog you
>>use now);
>
>And what's the needle attached to? The tubing of the infusion set?
>Di
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>
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 17:09:29 +0100
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] thigh site
>
>>That's encouraging to hear. How often do you need to change your site in
>company anyway? :-)
>
>Generally, I change my set Monday and Friday morning while sitting at my
>desk. I do it early in the morning so there aren't many people around
>(although I was glad there were the day I bled half a tablespoon of blood
>and had no tissues!).  I don't mind showing them my belly, but I don't want
>to show them my knickers! :-)  -and I'm sure my manager would have
>something to say about that, anyway.
>
>elizabeth
>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 19:51:45 +1300
>From: "Anne Lindale  & Alexander Lange" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum
Americans
>
>Hi Elizabeth or fellow Ameeericans
>
>Just wondering if you can help out.  I have picked up a VERY old American
>recipe book with a recipe for Blueberry Muffins in it.  Trouble is, it
calls
>for "shortening".  Can anyone please explain to me what I can use if, when
I
>ask for shortening at the supermarket, I get blank stares?
>
>Thanks,
>Annie.
>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 09:46:27 +0100
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum
Americans
>
>I do know the answer!  Think soft lard made out of vegetable oil. I suppose
>it's most like a vegetable version of dripping (a performance artist friend
>of mine did a performance requiring lard and the butcher delivered dripping
>instead.  Apparently they're _totally_ different things). You fry in
>shortening, and obviously they once used it in place of butter or somesuch.
>If it says shortening, think saturated fat.
>
> You should be able to substitute vegetable oil for the lard, or spread. To
>be safe in terms of texture, you may want to substitute half butter and
>half oil, beaten together before you add it to the mix. Butter and oil do
>two completely different things in baked goods, but it's been so long since
>I've had my own kitchen, I can't remember which is what.
>
>Let me know how you get on with the recipe.  I will soon have both a cooker
>_and_ a fridge in our new, very small kitchen, so I might be inclined to
>make muffins. BTW, whatever happened to queen cakes?  Are they the victim
>of cultural imperialism??
>
>Pity they put new blocking software on this company's webserver (with a
>lovely message YOU WILL BE REPORTED TO YOUR MANAGER), otherwise I could do
>a search on the history of shortening. I might try it anyway - they blocked
>out cookery recipes, but not drinks recipies!  So now you know how our
>management thinks!
>
>elizabeth
>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 09:58:21 +0100
>From: "Kentish, Julette" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum
Americans
>
>Shortening is a term applied to all manufactured fats and oils (except
>those of margarines and low fat spreads that have a significant
>non-fatty material). Basically it is a solid fat - not one of these 30%
>water types of spreads..you could use a higher percentage fat spread or
>butter - I would be inclined to use a sunflower oil, rather than olive
>because it may influence the taste of your muffins if you need to use
>quite a bit. Lard is probably the most solid shortening available but it
>may add flavour (depending on your type) and it is a more saturated fat.
>Hope this helps... enjoy the muffins...
>Jules :)
>Julette Kentish
>Diabetes Research Dietitian
>Royal Bournemouth Hospital
>Castle Lane East - Bournemouth DORSET BH7 7DW
>ph: 01202 704929
>email @ redacted
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Anne Lindale  & Alexander Lange [SMTP:email @ redacted]
>> Sent: 05 October 2000 07:52
>> To: email @ redacted
>> Subject: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real
>> dinkum Americans
>>
>> Hi Elizabeth or fellow Ameeericans
>>
>> Just wondering if you can help out.  I have picked up a VERY old
>> American
>> recipe book with a recipe for Blueberry Muffins in it.  Trouble is, it
>> calls
>> for "shortening".  Can anyone please explain to me what I can use if,
>> when I
>> ask for shortening at the supermarket, I get blank stares?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Annie.
>>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 09:50:39 +0100
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Non DM question to Elizabeth O'Shea or any real dinkum
Americans
>
>Now that I think of it, I have a few muffin recipies that definitely call
>for oil.  So go for the unsaturated oil rather than the saturated
>shortening!
>
>elizabeth
>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 12:30:03 +0200
>From: John Neale <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>
>>>This was great until I found it was not for distribution within the U.K.
>>>Any ideas on a U.K equivalent???.
>>
>>I sent them an email yesterday asking this question. I'll let you know
when
>>I hear anything.
>
>Got an email this morning from Therasense, who make the new FreeStyle bg
meter:
>
>The good news -
>
>>TheraSense has entered into an agreement with Disetronics, (the pump
>>company) to distribute FreeStyle product in Northern Europe. It is my
>>understanding that distribution will begin in early 2001.
>
>Now for the bad news -
>
>I am told that the meter will not be released in the UK, as the strips are
>too expensive, and the Department of Health will not pay for them.
>
>So there we are.
>
>It appears that Brits don't need a blood glucose meter that requires a
>speck of blood no bigger than a pinhead, and will quite happily tolerate
>sore scabby and bruised fingertips.
>
>When I get some more info, I'll let you know.
>
>John
>
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>
>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 12:53:59 +0200
>From: John Neale <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] Disetronic D-TRON insulin pump
>
>>The new Disetronic pump was on display at Milton Keynes last Friday. I
must
>>say I was impressed. As you say it uses a pre-filled cartridge. I could
have
>>done with that this morning while I was providing fellow train passengers
a
>>free display of how difficult it is to get rid of air bubbles when filling
>>the current model.
>
>Ah! Public displays of diabetes kit :-) I find it strange that sometimes I
>have no problems at all sitting in open view on a train changing an
>infusion set, refilling a pump, whatever. Other times I skulk off to the
>privacy of the (unhygenic) toilet to do. No idea why. Sometimes it feels
>right, other times inappropriate.
>
>Even on the London underground it sometimes feels fine to check my bg,
>other times not.
>
>>This one feature will make life so much easier and I hope
>>prevent leakages from the flimsy cartridge back down into the workings of
>>the pump. Has anyone else experience insulin leaking out of the cartridge
>>piston and will it cause any damage (I'm not sure how much leaked out but
>>could see some insulin on the inside of the cartridge and also in the hole
>>in the pump motor arm which accepts the threaded rode)?
>
>If you go to http://home.twcny.rr.com/bobscorner/ and click on
>"troubleshooting", and you will see a picture of insulin leaking past the
>plunger on a MiniMed pump.
>
>The only "damage" is that you and your pump think you have received that
>insulin, but in fact you haven't. So you may have bolussed 6 units for that
>meal, but only received 2, and the rest leaked back behind the plunger. If
>you get an unexpected high bg, you should check the whole pump and infusion
>set. Luckily insulin has a very distinctive smell, so a leak is easy to
>detect.
>
>John
>
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>Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 12:24:58 +0100
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>
>>
>Now for the bad news -
>
>I am told that the meter will not be released in the UK, as the strips are
>too expensive, and the Department of Health will not pay for them.
>
>Hi John -
>
>Would you mind asking will the meter be available in the Republic of
>Ireland?  They're fairly good about paying for things here, including
>expensive test strips!
>
>elizabeth
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>Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2000 15:08:52 +0100
>From: Steven J Sexton <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPk] New FreeStyle bg meter
>
>Hi
>
>If these strips are more expensive that then ones currently available on
>prescription in the UK, the question is would you be prepared to pay for
>them privately?
>
>I know there is an argument that the NHS should perhaps put them on
>prescription but the NHS probably does not see sore and scabby fingers as a
>major clinical problem, particularly if these strips are significantly more
>expensive.
>
>Regards
>
>Steven
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