Expect the unexpected. That's what they say. A few items that made me do a double-take on the expo floor at the AADE Annual Meeting earlier this month:Renewpix_2

* Renew Lancing System from CanAm Care -- looks kinda retro and fun to use, but 1) you can't re-use the tiny needles, and there are just 20 per cartridge, so frequent testers like me would almost use up an entire cartridge every day, and 2) I'm expecting the disposable cartridges are kind of expensive and inconvenient to carry around. BUT the company says Renew is targeted to children -- who might be delighted to never see or handle an individual lancet again -- and Type 2's and newly diagnosed PWD's, who [ditto on the former, plus] may test a lot less frequently, so their pretty green cartridges will last a whole lot longer.

* DUO-CAREâ„¢ Combined Blood Glucose and Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor -- go ahead, try one on! No way Duocare_2 I'd ever wear a thing like that. Looks like the monitor Lindsay Lohan had to wear on her ankle following her DUI. BUT again, for a specific audience: those stay-at-home older patients might find this handy if not a bit too space-age for them. In case you're wondering, blood pressure is measured using the wrist cuff, while you do have to follow the usual procedure -- insert a test strip and bleed on it -- to get your BG results. Just because you wear it on your wrist doesn't mean it's non-invasive :)

* MedPort Fit & Fresh storage containers -- what, they're showing Tupperware at these conferences now?Soupproduct But no, upon closer inspection, MedPort has created a whole line of specialty food-storage packs with their proprietary ice-pack technology built in. Keeps your salad fresh for up to six hours! They've also teamed up with celebrity chef Jon Ashton to bring you "signature recipes" for the F&F containers. Kind of a cool idea to make "bringing lunch" that much more fun.

Chewinggum * Generex is still working on their metformin chewing gum. Nothing new to see at the show this year, but they tell me the gum's in Phase I clinical trials. Hopefully in Bubblicious flavors. Like I said, you never know...

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.

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